"Knives Out" is the sixth song off of Amnesiac.
According to a studio diary kept by O'Brien, the sixth track, single "Knives Out", took 373 days to record, "a ridiculously long gestation period for any song." It was influenced by the guitar work of Johnny Marr of the Smiths, who described O'Brien showing the song to him before Amnesiac was released: "He explained to me that with that song they'd tried to take a snapshot of the way I'd done things in the Smiths – and I guess you can hear that in it."
I want you to know He's not coming back Look into my eyes I'm not coming back
So knives out Catch the mouse Don't look down Shove it in your mouth
If you'd been a dog They would've drowned you at birth
Look into my eyes It's the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth
So knives out Cook him up Squash his head Put him in the pot
I want you to know He's not coming back He's bloated and frozen Still there's no point in letting it go to waste
So knives out Catch the mouse Squash his head Put him in the pot