This track was recorded in the ballroom of actress Jane Seymour's mansion at 3 am. It closes with computerized sounds created by zx Speectrum computers, which all the members of Radiohead owned in the 1970s. Jonny explains what it's all about: It's like when Andy Warhol said he enjoyed being bored. It's about that feeling that you get when you're not in control of it -- you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you're completely removed from it.
Thom: I was pissed in a club, and I suddenly had the funniest thought I'd had for ages - what if all the people who were drinking were hanging from the bottles... if the bottles were hung from the ceiling with string, and the floor caved in, and the only thing that kept everyone up was the bottles? It's also about an enormous fear of being trapped.
The song closes with computerized sounds created by zx Spectrum computers.
Jonny: It's like when Andy Warhol said he enjoyed being bored. It's about that feeling you get when you're not in control of it - you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you're completely removed from it.
Jonny: Andy Warhol once said that he could enjoy his own boredom. 'Let down' is about that. It's the transit-zone feeling. You're in a space, you are collecting all these impressions, but it all seems so vacant. You don't have control over the earth anymore. You feel very distant from all these thousands of people that are also walking there.
Ed: It's about the lack of control. You feel more sad than angry. But why Thom sings 'crushed like a bug in the ground', I don't know.
Thom: I am fascinated by the sound that insects make that are being crushed. Especially wasps make a strange sound when you crush them.