The Tourist

by Radiohead

Duration:
5:26
Released:
May 21, 1997
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Lyrics for The Tourist by Radiohead:

Verse 1
It barks at no one else but me
Like it's seen a ghost
I guess it's seen the sparks a-flowin
No one else would know

Chorus
Hey man, slow down, slow down
Idiot, slow down, slow down

Verse 2
Sometimes I get overcharged
That's when you see sparks
They ask me where the hell I'm going
At a 1000 feet per second

Chorus
Hey man, slow down, slow down
Idiot, slow down, slow down
Hey man, slow down, slow down
Idiot, slow down, slow down

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Song Facts

“The Tourist” is the final track on OK Computer, punctuating the album with soaring guitar solos and ethereal vocals. The track is about enjoying life; when a tourist visits a place, he usually feels like he has to do a lot to take in the sights, making him move at a fast-pace, hence Thom telling him to “slow down.”

According to Q Magazine:

This was written by Jonny Greenwood in response to seeing a group of tourists dash through a town in France. It was intended to be a song about the “speed you live your life with.” Yorke later added lyrics that he’d written on holiday in Prague.

The song, and thus the entire album, ends with a triangle prominently chiming.

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