Radiohead – Morning Mr. Magpie

Morning Mr. Magpie appears on Radiohead’s 8th studio album, The King Of Limbs, released digitally on February 18th, 2011.

Available on: The King Of Limbs

This song debuted during Radiohead’s webcast on December 18th 2002 with the working titles ‘Good Morning Mr. Magpie’ and ‘Mornin’ M’lud’. Years later (August 19th 2005) a picture turned up on Radiohead’s Dead Air Space entitled ‘mornin’ m’lud’ with Ed and Thom on guitar. A couple of days later (August 21st) Ed confirmed they’re working on the song again. Thom did the same on the 23rd: “colins i s playing sleaz bass on mornin’ mi lord.. its sounds very heavy. err phat. ..like a freight train…’the speakers ar e cracking'”.

The song was included on a tracklisting, written on the blackboard at the Radiohead studio. A picture of that blackboard was posted on September 30th 2005.On March 8th 2006 the song appeared on the studio’s blackboard, which looked like a shortlist of tracks for the rehearsal sessions for Radiohead’s 2006 tour. The track was never played and never heard from till February 18th, 2011 when it appeared Radiohead’s 8th album, The King Of Limbs.

Lyrics

You got some nerve coming here
You got some nerve coming here
You stole it all
Give it back
You stole it all
Give it back
Good morning Mr. Magpie
How are we today?
Now you’ve stolen all the magic
And took my memory
You know you should
But you don’t
You know you should
But you don’t
Good morning Mr. Magpie
How are we today?
Now you’ve stolen all the magic
Took my melody

Early lyrics

You know you should
But you don’t
You know you should
But you don’t
You got some nerve
Coming here
You got some nerve
Coming here
Good morning Mr. Magpie
How are we today (to be)?
Next doorway, all (over) the magic
It took my melody