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Nude (Initials B​.​R​.​)

by Radiohead & Initials B.R.

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The original version of "Nude" is featured on the Radiohead album "In Rainbows."

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(Don’t get any big ideas. They’re not gonna happen.
You paint yourself white and feel, oh in all the ways, there’ll be something missing…)

I venture to suggest “something missing” is me. ‘Cause I’ve been up
In Santa Fe casitas shaking down adobe with beats.
And you’ve been bigger city buzzing in the USD,
With the metal canopy 120 V AC.
While I’ve been scaffolding the tracks to be and gradually
Considering application for the Master degree,
You’ve been cataloguing victories of promotional schemes.
And this $5.35’s all the bet I can spring.

I’m thinking NASA held a lottery for new volunteers,
And put a man up on the moon, and shit I’m still here.
You comin’ back? Hell yeah. So what’s the big idea?
I’m full of big ideas. I had a big idea.
We’d hang a letter from my name on every planet in the system,
In a mobile incessantly spinning along firmament walls
Whereon shadows would fall the namesake. But
Then them asses went and made the whole nine eight.

And I could see scooting back hanging Sun with the “B”.
The galaxy reading “’-Oo Radley”. But I’ll refrain
From name-change until the better puzzle is solved on how you
See a shadow on a black surface at all. I’m at a loss my man.

(Don’t get any big ideas. They’re not gonna happen.
You paint yourself white and feel, oh in all the ways, there’ll be something missing…)

I venture to suggest “something missing” is green. ‘Cause I’ve been
Barely managing to stay afloat upon these turbulent seas.
I bundle flotsam into buoys with the ropes cut clean,
So I’m still trying to make ends meet. But thank knots that keep
Nautical knots of speed off of the noose when
Putting my bowline to use: even with lives
Enveloped in lines, sometimes life won’t thrill,
But climbing in my skin and walking in my shoes will. I still

Rap with a GUI attached to interact, pack
Forms with the figures and facts of my attack.
Tactical damage impacted, I slash acts
Half-mast with the gas from my hazmat; black billow
Wrapped like soutanes; pained Poussin that breathes
Butane to paint towns red-flamed; akimbo
Limbs splayed every which way in braided arrays
As crowds in dismay search out safe haven:

Ain’t stages. Bandstand barricades
Balance on balustrades Thermopylae style,
Weighed down by this switchboard MC, screaming:
“You all have to go through me”. Sucka, you better believe.

(Don’t get any big ideas. They’re not gonna happen.
You paint yourself white and think of all the ways there’ll be something missing…)

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released April 20, 2008
source music and singing by Radiohead
rapping, cutting, pasting, kicks and claps, and mixing by Initials B.R.

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Gold-school rap for the aught-age.

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