67. 'Everything in its right place'​ - Radiohead does Geospatial

 
 

Good news if you live in the northern hemisphere!

Now that winter is over, it's finally ok to play the more gloomy music playlists again.

As a means of celebrating this great time of the year, we have a very special professional on this week's Geospatial Friday. I hope that the less upbeat and more thoughtful geospatialists among you will enjoy.

 
 

This week we are joined by none other than Thom Yorke, lead singer of the world famous rock band Radiohead. In this world exclusive post, Thom will reveal the true (geospatial) meaning behind one of the band's biggest hits:

"Everything in its Right Place"

Over to Thom:


I wrote this track while on the OK Computer tour in 1997. People think that it's about my struggle with fame and burnout during Radiohead's earlier years. Seems like I'll always be misunderstood...

Everything in its Right Place is actually about locating things in their right geographic place. You know....like giving them X,Y and Z coordinates.

When I was growing up, my other obsession apart from making music was with making maps and with keeping stuff tidy around the house. Not knowing where stuff is always kind of makes me sad. So I guess the song was my outlet at a time when I was touring around the world, sleeping in different hotels in different cities every night. As per the two colours bit, that was just a reference to black and white maps. My GIS software has a much bigger colour pallette. Oh, and with the lemon bit...it's more about my general facial expression than about my healthy diet or my bright dress style.

Anyway, here are the lyrics:

 

 

Kid A, kid A

Kid A, kid A

Everything

Everything

Everything

Everything

 

 

 

 

In its right place

In its right place

In its right place

In its right place

 

 

 

 

Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon

Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon

Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon

Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon

 

 

Everything

Everything

Everything

 

 

 

In its right place

In its right place

In its right place

Right place

 

 

There are two colors in my head

There are two colors in my head

What is that you tried to say

What is was you tried to say

Tried to say

 

 

Tried to say

Tried to say

Tried to say

 

 

 

 

Everything

Everything

Everything

 

You can listen to the full track here:

 
 

NB: On a personal note, writing blogs in the post truth era is good fun.