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Like Spinning Plates is the tenth track off of Amnesiac.

History

Like Spinning Plates was constructed from components of another song, I Will, which the band had tried to record in the same sessions. Unsatisfied with the results, which Thom Yorke described as "dodgy Kraftwerk", the band reversed the recording and used it to create a new track. Yorke said:

"We'd turned the tape around, and I was in another room, heard the vocal melody coming backwards, and thought, 'That's miles better than the right way round', then spent the rest of the night trying to learn the melody."

Yorke was recorded singing the melody backwards; this recording was in turn reversed to create "backwards-sounding" vocals. I Will was later released in a different arrangement on Radiohead's subsequent album Hail To the Thief (2003).

Lyrics

[Intro]

[Verse 1]
While you make pretty speeches
I'm being cut to shreds
You feed me to the lions
A delicate balance

[Verse 2]
And this just feels like
Spinning plates
I'm living in Cloud Cuckoo Land
And this just feels like
Spinning plates
My body is floating down the muddy river