These Are My Twisted Words

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"These Are My Twisted Words"
Radiohead - These Are My Twisted Words.jpg
Single by Radiohead
Released 17 August 2009
Format Download
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock, krautrock
Length 5:31
Label Self-released
Writer(s) Radiohead
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Radiohead singles chronology
"Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"
"These Are My Twisted Words"
"Supercollider" / "The Butcher"

"These Are My Twisted Words" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was leaked via BitTorrent on 12 August 2009, possibly by the band, and officially released on 17 August as a free download from the Radiohead website.


Matthew Schnipper of the Fader described "These Are My Twisted Words" as a "simple song" with "a plodding, stubborn forward spirit".[1] It opens with a motorik beat[2] from drummer Phil Selway before Thom Yorke's vocal enters.[1] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone noted a krautrock influence, likening the song to the In Rainbows track "Weird Fishes / Arpeggi".[3]


On 12 August 2009, the song was leaked via BitTorrent.[4] A text file included in the torrent file contained ASCII art, a cryptic poem and a reference to a release date of 17 August.[5] Commentators including the Guardian and Rolling Stone speculated that Radiohead leaked the song themselves following the unconventional pay-what-you-want release of their seventh album In Rainbows (2007).[4][3]

On 17 August 2009, guitarist Jonny Greenwood announced on Radiohead's blog that "These Are My Twisted Words" was available as a free download from the Radiohead site or via a torrent hosted by Mininova.[6] The download included several pieces of artwork by Yorke and longtime Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood, with the suggestion to print it on tracing paper and put "in an order that pleases you."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Parks of PopMatters gave "These Are My Twisted Words" seven out of ten, describing it as "the most recent in a long line of unconventionally beautiful songs for which Radiohead is renowned."[7] However, Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork found that its "nauseous guitars" and "vaguely whiny lyrics almost read as parody" and concluded that the song "isn't as enticing as its method of distribution".[2]


  1. ^ a b Matthew Schnipper (17 August 2009). "Radiohead, "These Are My Twisted Words" MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ryan Dombal (24 August 2009). "Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Daniel Kreps (13 August 2009). "New Radiohead Song "These Are My Twisted Words" Leaks". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sean Michaels (14 August 2009). "Was the new Radiohead song leaked by the band?". Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Harrison Hoffman (13 August 2009). "Did Radiohead just leak the first song from their new EP?". CNET. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Jonny Greenwood (17 August 2009). "These Are My Twisted Words". Dead Air Space ( Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Brian Parks (24 August 2009). "Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words" (stream)". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 

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