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According to Q magazine April 2008, this delicate acoustic track, which mocks macho vanity, was never intended for the album. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dismissed it as "not bad... it's very bad." Eventually it was included on The Bends because of its presumed commercial appeal.

This was originally written by Yorke when he was a student at Exeter University.

Thom Yorke uses a metaphor of legendary American daredevil Evel Knievel in the first verse. Two jumps and a week I bet you think that's pretty clever, don't you boy Flying on your motorcycle Watching all the ground beneath you drop Knievel became famous in the 1960s and 1970s for his daring motorcycle jumps over cars, buses, and other obstacles. However, his stunts didn't always work out and he suffered many injuries throughout his career. Yorke uses Knievel's exploits to illustrate how the pursuit of fame and success is a risk – failure is always a possibility, leaving us high and dry.

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Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of High and Dry.
4/4Time Signature


The album High and Dry is released on.

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The record label that has released High and Dry.
XL Recordings
1995 XL Recordings Ltd
1995 XL Recordings Ltd

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