February 18, 2016

Thom Yorke drafted “Airbag” in an old copy of William Blake’s poems


Thom Yorke's handwritten lyrics to "Airbag," via Metro.co.uk

Thom Yorke’s handwritten lyrics to “Airbag,” via Metro.co.uk

Used bookstores are places of endless wonders, for obvious reasons. But those that enjoy a proximity to Thom Yorke’s home in Oxford might be especially rewarding.

Earlier this week, Nicholas Reilly reported for Metro that handwritten song lyrics to “Airbag,” from Radiohead’s album OK Computer, were found between the leaves of a used copy of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, for sale at an Oxfam charity shop.

“Thom came into the store about eight months ago with a few books to donate and this was one of them,” rare book specialist Andrew Chapman told Metro. “I wrote to [him], to let him know the book could be sold at auction and he contacted head office to say that would be fine for us to sell it as we saw fit.”

The book is valued at up to 10,000 GBP and proceeds will go towards the Syria refugee crisis.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.