Radiohead’s singer/songwriter Thom Yorke has given his handwritten lyrics to the Radiohead song “Airbag” to be auctioned off for charity in March. “Airbag” is the opening track on Radiohead’s huge 1997 album OK Computer.
Yorke’s original draft of his lyrics will be sold by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on March 18th, and all the money raised will go to the charity Oxfam. It is expected that the lyrics will raise between £800-£1200.
Yorke’s original lyrics are handwritten on the inside cover of a copy of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience that was owned by Yorke. Interestingly, throughout the book Yorke has underlined certain words, and annotated the margins, paying special attention to Nurse’s Song, A Cradle Song and The Divine Image with corrections and revisions.
Known for his thought-provoking lyrics, “Airbag” is a poem in its own right.
“In the next world war,
In a jackknifed juggernaut,
I am born again.”
In other Radiohead news, the band recently announced a list of European festival dates that include headline performances at Primavera in Spain, Iceland’s Secret Solstice, NOS Alive Portugal and the OpenAir St Gallen Festival in Switzerland.
As well as the European festivals, Radiohead also has a number of headline slots across the U.S. this summer that include Chicago’s Lollapalooza, San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival.
Along with the tour, Radiohead is working on a new album set to be released later this year. Indeed, 2016 will be a busy year for the band.
Talking about the new album last year, Radiohead’s guitar player Jonny Greenwood told Russia’s Silver Radio (via Reddit, “We hope we’ll get it right soon, and after that we’ll start planning the next year’s tour.”
All of us here at RMW have our fingers crossed that the band will release new material, sooner rather than later.