Harrowdown Hill

Thom Yorke

About Harrowdown Hill

"Harrowdown Hill" is a song by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, released on his debut solo album The Eraser (2006). It was released as a single on 21 August 2006, peaking at #23 in the UK Singles Chart. A music video was released on 31 July 2006 and had its first play on Channel 4. Yorke wrote the song about the death of David Kelly, a British weapons expert who told a reporter that the British government had falsely identified weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.


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2006
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Don't walk the plank like I did
You will be dispensed with
When you've become
Inconvenient
Up on harrowdown hill
Near where you used to go to school
This where I, this where I am lying down
Did I fall or was I pushed
Then wheres the blood?

But I'm coming home, I'm coming home
To make it all right
So dry your eyes

We think the same things at the same time
We just can't do anything about it.
We think the same things at the same time
We just can't do anything about it.

So don't ask me ask the ministry
So don't ask me ask the ministry

We think the same things at the same time
There are so many of us
Oh you can't count
We think the same things at the same time
There are so many of us
Oh you can't count

Can you see me when I'm running
Can you see me when I'm running
Away from there
Away from there
I can't take the pressure
No one cares if you live or die
They just want me gone
They want me gone

But I'm coming home, I'm coming home
To make it all right
So dry your eyes

We think the same things at the same time
We just can't do anything about it
We think the same things at the same time
There are too many of us so you can't
There are too many of us so you can't count!

It was walking to the back down Harrowdown Hill
It was walking to the back down Harrowdown Hill
It was a slippery slippery slippery slope
It was a slippery slippery slippery slope
I feel me slipping in and out of consciousness
I feel me slipping in and out of consciousness
I feel me

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Thom Yorke

Thomas "Thom" Edward Yorke (7 October 1968) is an English musician, philanthropist, and singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist, principal songwriter, guitarist and pianist of the rock band Radiohead. He mainly plays guitar and piano, but has also played drums and bass guitar (notably during the Kid A and Amnesiac sessions). In July 2006, he released his debut solo album, The Eraser. more »

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Written by: THOMAS EDWARD YORKE

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12 facts about this song

Song Inspiration
"Harrowdown Hill" was inspired by British scientist Dr. David Kelly's death. He was said to have committed suicide in 2003 in an area near Harrowdown Hill after being involved in a government controversy.
Artist Background
The song was written and performed by Thom Yorke, the lead vocalist of the iconic British band, Radiohead. Thom Yorke embarked on a solo career alongside his work with Radiohead and "Harrowdown Hill" is from his debut solo album, "The Eraser" (2006).
Music Video Award
The music video for the "Harrowdown Hill" directed by Chel White won the award for best music video at the UK Music Video Awards in 2006.
Song Reception
The track was well-received by fans and critics alike, praised for Yorke’s haunting vocals and the raw political emotion in the lyrics.
Chart Performance
"Harrowdown Hill" peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart. This made it Yorke's highest-charting single as a solo artist.
Song Meaning
The lyrics of "Harrowdown Hill" and the surrounding political events of the time have led many to interpret the song to be a critique of the British government, particularly the controversial involvement in the Iraq War.
Live Performance
The live performances of Harrowdown Hill often include light projections and strong electric beats, creating a dramatic audio-visual experience. Yorke's solo concerts have proven his ability to recreate the raw emotion of the studio version on stage.
Remix
A remixed version of "Harrowdown Hill" features in the soundtrack of the 2010 film, "The Ghost Writer", directed by Roman Polanski.
Genre
The song and the album "The Eraser" are categorized in the electronic genre, with influences from experimental rock and electronica
Contribution
The album "The Eraser", including the track "Harrowdown Hill", was produced by longtime Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich.
Album Recognition
In 2007, Yorke's album "The Eraser" was nominated for the Mercury Prize, recognizing the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Influence
Thom Yorke's work including "Harrowdown Hill" has been influential to many musicians, particularly those within the electronic and alt-rock genres, inspiring a new generation of songwriters and producers.

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