lyrics

Why must I be the thief?
Why must I be the thief?
Oh Lord please won’t you tell me,
Why must I be the thief.
Why must I be the thief
He said to the hanging man
And how come you’re the only one
That’s black around, that always stares
Why must I be the thief
He asked of the hanging man
And how come you’re the only one
Who lived with an open hand
Now why must I be the thief
You’ve cursed with many clouds
And the hanging man without his hand
Looked beyond his heart
The thief was drawn to the cross
To share that other’s fate
But the Jesus man said “Not now”
“My brother not now, it’s far too late”
(far too late) (7x)

Do what you must
Take what you can
Steal the pride from every heart,
Every angry man (3x)
I am the thief
I am the thief
And you will run
Yes and you will hide
But I’ll get you then
Yes I will
Because of you, because it’s justified.
I will get you yet
Cause it’s justified
I will get you yet
It’s justified
I will get you yet
It’s justified

THE THIEF (0:00)
unreleased

notes: The song 'The Thief' was released in 1982 on Can's album 'Delay' The album features unreleased songs from 1968/1969'. This song almost made it to setlist at the Amnesty International Concert in Paris (december 10th 1998), but was eventually replaced by Street Spirit.

Radiohead played this song on september 8th 2000 in Copenhagen (Denmark) at Valby Hallen.