Radiohead: Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

#1
I have tried listening to this, Linky To The BBC but I am afraid it is totally not my type of thing.

Still, it is nice to see the "Yoof" of today showing respect in their own way. Even better, it is nice to see that all profits go the RBL, well done lads (both the band and those who risked all for us to be free today).

World War I veteran Harry Patch will be buried tomorrow. The former plumber, who fought at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, gave a memorable interview to Today reporter Mike Thomson in 2005.

Thom Yorke, lead singer of the band Radiohead, was moved by the interview to write a tribute to the veteran, inspired by Harry Patch's words.

The song can be downloaded from the Radiohead website - all profits will go to the Royal British Legion.

Harry Patch (In memory of) said:
I am the only one that got through
The others died where ever they fell
It was an ambush
They came up from all sides
Give your leaders each a gun and then let them fight it out themselves
I've seen devils coming up from the ground
I've seen hell upon this earth
The next will be chemical but they will never learn
 
#3
At least they didn't parody any Kipling in a "cock-er-knee walk about" style.

They went for the repetitive dirge with waily voice in a "bet you can't listen to more than a minute of it without wanting to hurt someone" style.
 
#5
I was at school with them & Thom Yorke was a knob then too...
 
#7
Agree with everyone else - the song is not at all good: introspective, waily, tortured-soul, no-one understands my pain nonsense.

Can't fault the sentiment though - wonder what Mr Patch would have made of it.
 
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#8
Mr_Baiter said:
Can't fault the sentiment though - wonder what Mr Patch would have made of it.
probably something along the lines of "speak up m'luv, my hearing's not what it used to be"
 
#9
shortfuse said:
They went for the repetitive dirge with waily voice in a "bet you can't listen to more than a minute of it without wanting to hurt someone" style.

So just like the rest of their back catalogue, then?

Still, credit to them - there are millions of Radiohead fans about the world, it'll sell and the RBL should derive considerable benefit from it.
 

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