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Optimistic
Found on: Kid A
Lyrics
Notes
Flies are buzzing round my head
Vultures circling the dead
Picking up every last crumb
The big fish eat the little ones
The big fish eat the little ones
Not my problem, give me some

You can try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

This one's optimistic
This one went to market
This one just came out of the swamp
This one dropped a payload
Fodder for the animals
Living on animal farm

If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough

I'd really like to help you, man
I'd really like to help you, man
And now this messed up millionaire
Floating around on a prison ship

If you try the best you can
If you try the best you can
The best you can is good enough
If you can try the best you can
If you try the best you can

Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Dinosaurs roaming the Earth
Dinosaurs roaming the Earth



This song was first played on June 13, 2000, in Arles, France, and is possibly going to be included on the new album.

Hilda Carr, Radiohead French tour manager, described "Optimistic" as "an extraordinary song, so exceptional and outstanding," and "at the first few bars, I recognized it. it's that kind of song, once it's in your head, it never leaves you."

-Ed: "i really love the words, especially the line 'this one just crawled out the swamp' reminds me a bit of PJ Harvey's blues stuff. cool." July 12, 1999





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