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Radiohead Releases New Song: “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” (Stream)

The last living British World War I veteran, Harry Patch, died on July 25, 2009, at the ripe old age of 111. An unlikely tribute has been paid to Patch by Radiohead, who are offering a download of their song, “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” for a small fee in their official online store.


Thom Yorke was inspired to write the song after hearing an interview with Patch on the radio four years ago, and it was recorded during sessions for a new Radiohead album with regular producer Nigel Godrich. A brief 30-second clip of the string-laden track is available here. All proceeds from the song go to the British Legion.


Audio on YouTube:


The lyrics for “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” are available at Dead Air Space, and Yorke has issued the following statement about the song:

Recently the last remaining UK veteran of the 1st world war Harry Patch died at the age of 111. I had heard a very emotional interview with him a few years ago on the Today program on Radio4. The way he talked about war had a profound effect on me. It became the inspiration for a song that we happened to record a few weeks before his death. It was done live in an abbey. The strings were arranged by Jonny. I very much hope the song does justice to his memory as the last survivor.


It would be very easy for our generation to forget the true horror of war, without the likes of Harry to remind us.

I hope we do not forget.


As Harry himself said

"Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims".

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Does anyone know if the interview with Harry Patch is online anywhere? I can't seem to find it on Radio 4's site.

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There's a link to it in here:

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We listen to veterans speak about war, and people that have lived through armed conflict, and they remember their experiences like they were yesterday no matter how old they get. War has made such an impact on their lives that through them we all know that war is wrong. Yet we continue to practice it. Why is this?
The song here is irrelevant. To be honest, Yorke’s voice gets lost and I can’t really make out the lyrics. I do though, salute his sentiment in writing a song about the last British veteran of World War One, Harry Patch.

We should not forget Harry Patch.

Richard Teahon

This is okay, but much prefer fingerpickingguitarman one. At least you can hear the lyrics.


this is a pathetic attempt at orchestral music. it’s as if Johnny Greenwood showed up for his 1st day of class for Music Composition 101. What a cheap use of a Glissando. It’s like it was cut and pasted. it’s so choppy .And thom yorke has no business singing this type of music. it reveals a weak, whiney, sound. He’s not bad with typical radiohead, but Pavarotti he isn’t. It’s just pretentious garbage. From a band that was great in the 1990s.


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