Go to Sleep

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"Go to Sleep."
Radiohead Go to Sleep 12.jpg
Single by Radiohead
from the album Hail to the Thief
B-side ""Gagging Order"
"I Am a Wicked Child""
Released 18 August 2003
Recorded 2002
Length 3:21
Songwriter(s) Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"There There"
"Go to Sleep."
"2 + 2 = 5"
Music video
"Go to Sleep" on YouTube

"Go to Sleep. (Little Man being Erased.)", commonly referred to as "Go to Sleep", is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the second single from their sixth studio album Hail to the Thief (2003) on 18 August 2003. The song reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart and reached #39 on the Australian ARIA Charts.[1]


"Go to Sleep" is composed in alternating bars of 4/4 and 6/4,[2] with an acoustic guitar riff written by Ed O'Brien played by Thom Yorke. After 11 bars of guitar and vocals, the rest of the band comes in. In the second half of the song, the time signature remains in 4/4 and the guitars change to a different riff; the song fades out with a guitar solo played by Jonny Greenwood. The guitar-work at the end of this track was achieved by Jonny Greenwood playing a sequence of random notes on his guitar that were being processed through a digital patch for software called Max/MSP, which is musical software frequently used by electronica or experimental artists.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Alex Rutterford, the song's CGI-animated music video shows a full-blossom red rose swaying in the wind, and proceeds to show Yorke sitting on a park bench singing the song while around him men and women in business suits walk by rapidly. In the middle of the video, the buildings, in classical architecture style, spontaneously crumble into pieces and moments later reassemble themselves, only to have become modern in style. The shot returns to the rose shown in the beginning, which is now closed in a bud.

Track listings[edit]

The B-sides for this single are "Gagging Order" and "I Am a Wicked Child". The former is a solo acoustic guitar song and the latter is a blues song with harmonica work by Jonny Greenwood.

UK versions[edit]

  • CD 1 CDR6613
  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "I Am Citizen Insane"
  3. "Fog (Again)" (Live)
  • CD 2 CDRS6613
  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "Gagging Order"
  3. "I Am a Wicked Child"
  • 12" 12R6613
  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "I Am Citizen Insane"
  3. "I Am a Wicked Child"

US Version[edit]

  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "Gagging Order"
  3. "I Am a Wicked Child"
  • 12" R-19218
  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "I Am Citizen Insane"

Canada Version[edit]

  • CD
  1. "Go to Sleep"
  2. "I Am Citizen Insane"
  3. "Fog (Again)" (Live)


  • Thom Yorke - vocals, guitar
  • Jonny Greenwood - guitar, laptop, toy piano
  • Ed O'Brien - guitar, backing vocals
  • Colin Greenwood - bass
  • Philip Selway - drums


Chart (2003) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 2[3]
Italian Singles Chart 9[4]
Ireland Singles Chart 11[1]
Danish Singles Chart 11[1]
UK Singles Chart 12[1]
Finland Singles Chart 14[1]
Australian Singles Chart 39[1]
Dutch Singles Chart 55[5]
German Singles Chart 82[1]
French Singles Chart 87[1]
Swiss Singles Chart 90[1]
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 32[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Radiohead - Go to Sleep - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Osborn, Brad (2010). ""Beats that Commute: Algebraic and Kinesthetic Models for Math-Rock Grooves"". Gamut. 3: 57. 
  3. ^ a b "Hail to the Thief Charts and awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Radiohead - Go To Sleep". italiancharts.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Radiohead - Go to Sleep". dutchcharts.nl. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 

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