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Knives Out is the sixth song off of Amnesiac.

History

According to a studio diary kept by O'Brien, 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."

Music Video

Radiohead - Knives Out

Radiohead - Knives Out

The Making of Radiohead´s Knives Out

The Making of Radiohead´s Knives Out

The music video for Knives Out was directed by Michel Gondry. It is highly cryptic, but quite disturbing throughout. It follows a story of Thom Yorke and a woman in a sort of hospital room, filmed by handheld camera. The video is all filmed in one shot, and is carefully choreographed.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I want you to know
He's not coming back
Look into my eyes
I'm not coming back

[Hook]
So knives out
Catch the mouse
Don't look down
Shove it in your mouth

[Verse 2]
If you'd been a dog
They would have drowned you at birth
Look into my eyes
It's the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth

[Hook]
So knives out
Cook him up
Squash his head
Put him in the pot

[Verse 3]
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

[Hook]
So knives out
Catch the mouse
Squash his head
Put him in the pot