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In Rainbows, Radiohead

(digital download), October 10, 2007

Track Listing: 1. 15 Step, 2. Bodysnatchers, 3. Nude, 4. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, 5. All I Need, 6. Faust Arp, 7. Reckoner, 8. House of Cards, 9. Jigsaw Falling into Place, 10. Videotape

Part II: To Be Free

Note: For Part I, see Kid A.

The suits are coming! The suits are coming! Clean up those hard drives, kids, the suits are coming! In one instance, a single mother of two is forced to pay a record company $220,000 dollars for sharing 24 songs on a peer-to-peer file sharing service. Her life and probably her children’s lives too are now destroyed for the crime of sharing music.

Who really wins? Separate from the dollars and cents, isn't a goal of art to reach the widest audience possible? In that argument, file sharing becomes a Holy Grail. But of course, the artist and backer need to be paid. Did the industry ultimately win? And if making an example out of a single mother who lived paycheck to paycheck translated into victory, then what exactly was the prize?


Can’t seem to stretch. So you wiggle in a coffin that doesn’t fit right, your body stiffening in the darkness. Maybe it is stress over next month’s bills. Morning approaches, morning always approaches, but you are never quite ready.

“Wakey wakey
Rise and shine
It’s on again, off again, on again
Watch me fall

-fromFaust Arp

It was ripe before it was fresh before it began to bruise. Tired eyes have seen too much.

“You used to be alright
What happened?”

-from15 Step

The mortgage has been underwater since the crash. Looking down on from a leaky moldy fortress in the sky, watching broken leaves scatter across a cracked sidewalk.

“Forget about your house of cards
And I’ll do mine”

-fromHouse of Cards

As you ride the Red Line into the new day, you catch a whiff of perfume. Mixed with piss.

“Has the light gone out for you?
Cause the light’s gone for me
It is the 21st century


Keep going. Work harder to pay more. You’ve got a new computer. Ok. Computer. And on it, at least this time, they say you can pay what you can. Really. They say you can have their album for any amount you are willing to pay, even take it for free. It’s all good, at least this once.

“It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right

-fromAll I Need

The catch? It’s just one of those perfect days I guess, a taste of how free and easy life can be. It’s as if you ended up somewhere over the rainbow way up high. You can forget that $4500.00 special assessment, forget about the layoffs, the jobs report, the foreclosures, the bills, the bills, the bills. The lawsuits.

“No matter what happens now
I won’t be afraid
Because I know today has been
The most perfect day I ’ve ever seen


Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why can’t. . . .