Radiohead – No Surprises

No Surprises was played for the first time in at De Melkweg in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in December 1995. The song, performed in an acoustic version was on the setlist as ‘No Surprises Please’.

It was the first song to be played at the early sessions for OK Computer and eventually the first song to be recorded for that album.

Jonny Greenwood on the track: “No Surprises was used to try our new equipment out. We thought it wasn’t good to save that recording. It still sounds a bit “careful” and that suits the song. The Glockenspiel is used for the recording of the song”.

lyrics

A heart that’s full up like
A landfill
A job that slowly kills you
Bruises that won’t heal
I’ll take a quiet life
And a handshake of carbon monoxide
And no alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises
Silent
Silence
This is my final fit
My final bellyache with
No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises please
Such a pretty house and
Such a pretty garden
No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises
No alarms and no surprises please

NO SURPRISES (3:49)
available on: ok computer, no surprises, running from demons ep