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Bodysnatchers is a song from Radiohead's seventh studio album, In Rainbows (2007). The song was initially released alongside House of Cards as a promotional single in the United Kingdom. Bodysnatchers was later officially serviced to American modern rock radio by ATO Records in May 2008. It subsequently peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, their highest-placing song on the chart since Creep in 1993.

Background

Bodysnatchers was recorded in one live take at a dilapidated mansion. In Rainbows producer Nigel Godrich thought that throwing the band into an "uncomfortable" situation would create an interesting atmosphere for the recording sessions, not unlike the OK Computer sessions that took place at the St. Catherine's Court mansion in Bath, Somerset. The band lived in caravans surrounding the mansion while the recordings were taking place. Lead singer Thom Yorke has described the song as:

"A little bit like Neu! meets dodgy hippy rock. It sounds like that new Australian band Wolfmother."

He later stated that Bodysnatchers was inspired by Victorian ghost stories, The Stepford Wives and his own feeling of "your physical consciousness trapped without being able to connect fully with anything else." Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood debuted Bodysnatchers in May 2006 at their performance for The Big Ask at KOKO in London.

Release

In preparation for the physical release of In Rainbows, ATO Records and sister label Side One Recordings serviced Bodysnatchers as a single from the album to American radio stations. ATO was subsequently chosen as the band's official record label for American releases. The track gained substantial airplay on modern rock radio stations and subsequently peaked at number eight on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in February 2008.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I do not understand
What it is I've done wrong
Full of holes, check for pulse
Blink your eyes, one for yes
Two for no

[Hook 1]
I have no idea what I am talking about
I'm trapped in this body and can't get out
Ooooohhhh, woah woah

[Verse 2]
You killed the sound, removed backbone
A pale imitation with the edges all
Sawn off

[Hook 2]
I have no idea what you are talking about
Your mouth moves only with someone's hand up your ass
Ooooohhhh, woah woah

[Verse 3]
Has the light gone out for you?
Because the light's gone out for me
It is the 21st century
It is the 21st century
It can follow you like a dog
It brought me to my knees
They got a skin and they put me in
They got a skin and they put me in
All the lines wrapped 'round my face
All the lines wrapped 'round my face
And for anyone else to see
And for anyone else to see
I'm a lie

[Outro]
Oh no no no no no no no no no no no
Oh no no no no no no no no no no no
Oh no no no no no no na na na na no
I've seen it coming
They've seen it coming
They've seen it coming
They've seen it coming