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Harrowdown Hill


[Thom Yorke- Analyze]

Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire is notable for being the place where the body of Dr David Kelly was found in 2003. His evidence had raised questions about Saddam Hussein’s possession of weapons of mass destruction-the official justification for the UK government’s decision to invade Iraq. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Yorke said, “The government and the Ministry of Defence … were directly responsible for outing him and that put him in a position of unbearable pressure that he couldn’t deal with, and they knew they were doing it and what it would do to him. … I’ve been feeling really uncomfortable about that song lately, because it was a personal tragedy, and Dr. Kelly has a family who are still grieving. But I also felt that not to write it would perhaps have been worse.”[3] In an interview, Yorke said that “Harrowdown Hill” is “the most angry song I’ve ever written in my life. I’m not gonna get into the background to it, the way I see it…and it’s not for me or for any of us to dig any of this up. So it’s a bit of an uncomfortable thing.”[4]

[quote]dont walk the plank like i did
you will be dispensed with
when youve become
inconvenient
up on harrowdown hill
near where you used to go to school
thats where i am
thats where im lying down
did i fall or was i pushed?
did i fall or was i pushed?
then wheres the blood?
then wheres the blood?

im coming home im coming home
to make it alright so dry your eyes
we think the same things at the same time
we just cant do anything about it
we think the same things at the same time
we just cant do anything about it
so dont ask me ask the ministry
dont ask me ask the ministry
we think the same things at the same time
there are so many of us so you cant count
we think the same things at the same time
there are too many of us so you cant count

can you see me when im running?
can you see me when im running?
away from them
away from them
i cant take the pressure
no one cares if you live or die
they just want me gone
they want me gone

im coming home im coming home
to make it alright so dry your eyes
we think the same things at the same time
we just cant do anything about it
we think the same things at the same time
there are too many of us so you cant
there are too many of us so you cant count

it was me led into the backroom
harrowdown hill
it was me led into the backroom
harrowdown hill
there was a slippery slippery slippery slope
there 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…[/quote]