Radiohead's Ten Best Lyrics About Food

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The video for "Fake Plastic Trees" features an eerie supermarket scene.
​Gut Check put this evening's Radiohead concert at Scottrade Center on our schedule as soon as it was announced. We grew up with the band -- we bought "Creep" on cassingle! -- and over hundreds of spins of the band's records, we've noticed that on more than a few occasions in his lyrics, Thom Yorke has drawn upon food and eating images. Here are the ten best:

10. "Paranoid Android"

That's it, sir
You're leaving
The crackle of pigskin
The dust and the screaming

Yeah, this doesn't really have anything to do with food, and for the first decade or so after OK Computer came out, we never really made any connection, but now our love of barbecue has so warped our brains that whenever we hear this line, our first thought isn't about alienation, but ribs.

9. "Faust Arp"

You've got a head full of feathers
you got melted to butter

Despite its mixed metaphors, this vivid couplet is the sucker punch that ends this deceptively gentle acoustic gem from In Rainbows.

8. "Everything in Its Right Place"

Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon
Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon

Like many of the lyrics on the cryptic, gorgeous Kid A, it works better in context than on the page. Trust us, though: Thom did indeed wake up sucking on a lemon, and it was glorious.

7. "Wolf at the Door"

Get the eggs
Get the flan in the face
The flan in the face
The flan in the face
Dance you fucker dance you fucker

Yorke sells these wonderfully ridiculous lines with a snarl. You'll never look at a flan the same way again.

6. "Optimistic"

The big fish eat the little ones
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

Even if this wasn't Yorke's purporse -- intentional fallacy! -- these lines neatly sum up the first world's blind consumption of the world's edible resources.

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