In Heaven

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"In Heaven"
Song by Laurel Near
from the album Eraserhead: Original Soundtrack
Composer(s)Peter Ivers
Lyricist(s)David Lynch

"In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator Song)" (often referred to as simply "In Heaven") is a song performed by Laurel Near, composed by Peter Ivers, and written by David Lynch. The song is featured in Lynch's 1977 film Eraserhead where it is sung by Near as the Lady in the Radiator, and was subsequently released on its 1982 soundtrack album.

Covers and samples[edit]

  • Devo (sung by Booji Boy) covered the song live in 1979 as the penultimate song in their set.[1]
  • The song was sung by fans of English psychobilly band the Meteors at the start of their 1981 debut album, The Case of The Meteors in Heaven.
  • The song formed the coda of "A Time for Rejoicing", the final track on Toy World (1981), the second Cardiacs album.
  • A cover of the song appeared on the Danse Society's 1982 Seduction album.
  • British gothic rock band Bauhaus introduced a cover of the song into their regular set for their final UK tour in the summer of 1983. Their version was featured on the Rest in Peace: The Final Concert album, a posthumous live recording of their last show at London's Hammersmith Palais on 5 July 1983. The band's former bassist, David J, later performed "In Heaven" live as a duet with Pixies singer Black Francis at a solo show at the Los Angeles Echoplex in December 2009.[2]
  • The Rubella Ballet song "Slant and Slide", a B-side to their 1984 single "42°F", ended with the chorus to "In Heaven".
  • It was covered by the Pixies in 1987 as part of the recording session for their initial demo tape; this version was later released in 2002 on the Pixies EP.[3] The band re-recorded the track for a session for John Peel's BBC radio show in May 1988, which was later released on the Pixies at the BBC album.[4] The song was a regular part of the Pixies' setlist, and a live version by the band appeared as a B-side of the "Gigantic" single, and was also included on The Complete B-Sides album.[5] A version of the song was recorded by the Joe Harvard Band for the Pixies tribute album Dig for Fire, although it was omitted from the final album track listing.[6]
  • The song made up part of the Modest Mouse song "Workin' on Leavin' the Livin'", the B-side of their 1998 single "Never Ending Math Equation".
  • Icelandic band Bang Gang included a version of the song on their 1998 debut album You.
  • The song was sampled in the Mellow Man Ace song "Heaven" from his 2000 album From the Darkness into the Light.
  • The song was used as the basis for the Apartment 26 song "Heaven", which appeared on their 2004 album Music for the Massive.
  • American composer and producer Keith Kenniff covered the song on his 2007 album Ayres, under his Helios moniker.
  • American rock musician Jay Reatard covered the song in a duet with Lindsay Shutt in 2008.[8][9]
  • Swedish artist Freddie Wadling performed a Swedish-language cover of the song on his album Den Mörka Blomman (The Dark Flower), released in 2009.
  • Zola Jesus covered the song, retitled "Lady in the Radiator",[10] as part of the David Lynch Foundation's "The Music of David Lynch" concert on April 1, 2015 at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • American punk rock group Holy Crust sampled parts of the original song to produce an avant-garde cover on a concept EP telling the story of the film.[11]
  • Sadistik & Kno from the Cunninlynguists sampled the song on their album Phantom Limbs for the hook to their track, "In Heaven." Sadistik's lyrics discuss the narrator's experiences with the lady in the radiator and allude to the imagery in Eraserhead.[12]
  • American guitarist Julian Lage plays a rendition of the song in his 2019 album, Love Hurts.
  • American Indie band AJR sampled part of the song[13] for the second single off of their upcoming album(Neotheater), "Birthday Party"[14]

Other media references[edit]

The eighth issue of Spawn the Series was titled "In Heaven (Everything Is Fine)".


  1. ^ Devo Live Guide 1979
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  3. ^ Cohen, Jason (August 2002). "Life to the Pixies". Spin: 36. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  4. ^ BBC Keeping It Peel - Pixies Peel session recorded 03/05/1988
  5. ^ "4AD - Pixies - Releases". 4AD. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  6. ^ Drowned In Sound - News - Wave of Mutilation? Pixies tribute record details
  7. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1.
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  10. ^ Zola Jesus In Heaven cover at YouTube
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  13. ^ "In heaven, everything is fine / In heaven, everything is fine / You got your good things / And I've got mine / Heaven, everything is fine / In heaven, everything is fine / You got your good things / And I've got mine". Genius. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  14. ^ AJR – Birthday Party, retrieved 2019-03-13

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