Subterranean Homesick Alien - OK Computer- Radiohead
I’d tell all my friends but they’d never believe me, They’d think that I’d finally lost it completely. I’d show them the stars and the meaning of life. They’d shut me away. But I’d be alright, alright, I’d be alright, I’m alright.
The use of electric keyboards in “Subterranean Homesick Alien” is an example of the band’s attempts to emulate the atmosphere of Bitches Brew. The title is a reference to the Bob Dylan song “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, and the song has a science fiction-theme in which the isolated narrator longs to be abducted by extraterrestrials to see “the world as I’d love to see it”. Upon returning to Earth, the narrator speculates that his friends would not believe his story and he would remain a misfit.
The lyrics were inspired by a school assignment from Yorke’s time at Abingdon School to write a piece of “Martian poetry”, a British literary movement of works that humorously recontextualizes mundane aspects of human life from an alien “Martian” perspective. Yorke says the song explores his fascination with “the idea of someone observing how we live from the outside … and sitting there pissing themselves laughing at how humans go about their daily business.”