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Morning Bell is the ninth track on Kid A.

History

Thom Yorke said about Morning Bell:

“It’s very, very violent. Extremely violent. The really weird thing about that was I wrote the song with all the words pretty much straight away, which is basically the only one I did that with. I recorded it onto MiniDisc and then there was a lightning storm, and it wiped the MiniDisc and I lost the song. I completely forgot it. Then five months later, I was on a plane, knackered for 24 hours, I was just falling asleep, and I remembered it. It was really weird, I never had that before. It’s gone in and took a long time to come out again. The lyrics are really… they’re not as dramatic as they sound, you know? Except “Cut the kids in half”, which is dramatic no matter which way you read it.”

An alternative version of Morning Bell is found on Amnesiac, called Morning Bell/Amnesiac. O'Brien explained:

"We often record different versions of songs and the new one is the first time it has been strong enough to bear hearing again. Most of the other versions often get scrapped halfway through."

On Radiohead's official website, Yorke wrote that Morning Bell/Amnesiac was released on Amnesiac because:

"It came from such a different place from the other version. Because we only found it again by accident after having forgotten about it. Because it sounds like a recurring dream. It felt right."

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Morning bell
Morning bell
Light another candle
Release me
Release me

[Verse 2]
You can keep the furniture
A bump on the head
Howling down the chimney
Release me
Release me
Please...
Release me
Release me

[Verse 3]
Where'd you park the car?
Where'd you park the car?
Clothes are on the lawn with the furniture
Now I might as well
I might as well
Sleepy jack the fire drill
Run around, around, around, around, around

[Bridge]
Cut the kids in half
Cut the kids in half
Cut the kids in half

[Outro]
The lights are on but nobody's home
Everybody wants to be a friend
The lights are on but nobody's home
Nobody wants to be a slave
Walking, walking, walking, walking
Walking, walking, walking, walking
Walking, walking, walking, walking
Walking, walking, walking, walking