True love waits

Premier live : 5 décembre 1995
Travail en studio : 1997 ?
Répétition (soundchecks) : 8 septembre 1997, puis juin 1998
Sortie sur album : 8 mai 2016 (A Moon Shaped Pool)
Travail en studio : janvier-février 2000
Nouvelle version live : 8 février 2000 (Tel Aviv)
Nouvelle version live : 2001 (la chanson est jouée 7 fois)
Sortie sur EP (version live) : 8 février 2000, True Love Waits Live Recordings
Version live : 2002 (2 fois)
Version live : 2003 (3 fois)
Version live : 2006 (en intro de Everything In Its Right Place)
Sortie sur album : 8 mai 2016 (A Moon Shaped Pool)8 mai 2016 (A Moon Shaped Pool)

Une très très vieille chanson, puisque le groupe a commencé à travailler dessus vers 1994-1995. Les fans en sont très vite tombés amoureux, au point de la réclamer avec insistance. Elle a régulièrement été annoncée comme piste possible des nouveaux albums, mais aucun enregistrement studio par le groupe n’a été rendu disponible !


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]5 décembre 1995[/button]

Le groupe joue la chanson en live pour la première fois à Bruxelles. Thom la présente comme « a brand new song that nobody has heard before », et la joue à la guitare acoustique, tandis que Jonny ajoute quelques effets :

Plusieurs titres sont avancés pour cette chanson : « awaits », « true love waits »ou « mortigi tempo ».

On ne réentendra plus la chanson avant 2000…


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]1997[/button]

A l’époque d’Ok Computer, Radiohead commence à utiliser son site web pour mettre en ligne des textes & illustrations qui semblent décousus sur le moment, mais que l’on comprend rétrospectivement.

  • Ce texte par exemple, où apparaissent des bribes de paroles de ’true love waits’ :
food and sex dont go
wilting before my eyes
they will peck out your eyes
mathematics aerodynamics
he blubbered under the bubbles of his overflowing mud bath
now seems like a good time to ask for your hand
just killing time before the inevitable
a lottery winner
the life line
a wee artery
with a few veins
hardly any
but the possibility of babies
as blindfold referees
this is what you get when you fuck with me

– et une autre référence sur une la page ’waving or drowning’ :

paranoid android. in a bar in hollywood* the centre of the western universe, standing at the bar (social drinking) after doing the talk show bit. do you want to know this ? this is what we aspire to is it ? it is dark, there is a woman opposite me o is as sociably anorexic as her poodle, she looks desolate in her make up and lost eyes, next to her her husband boyfriend is persuading a younger fleshed half his age stewardess to come back to the hills to their mansion to sample his wine. she looks t him like he’s a character in a hammer house horror. one of our friends spills a glass of wine over a vacuum packed gucci outfit complete with matching white hand bag. the witch goes crazy, we think it is fuunny. until we see the evil in her eyes. m friend is asked to leave. the gucci creature is the closest thing i have seen to the devil. the woman is possessed. i cannot sleep that night asking what we’ve got our selves into. voices talking like fax machines, hissing and spitting like demons, this is the master race. and now im part of it. anyway you didnt want to know that.motion picture the pulsing of a life support system . that’s as far as we’ve got.lull there is nothing more dull. than talking talkin about yourself. what i meant to say. im sorry that i lost control. distracted and irrelevant. the stress and the tension. coming through the keyhole when. im in lull.

transport motorways and tramlines starting and then stopping taking off and landing the emptiest of feelings disapppointed peoople clinging onto bottles and when it comes its so so disappointing.

True love waits are you a virgin ? every night we are haunted it paces up and down outside my room, it talks to me in its sleep. its in the tape going round and round. it stops and starts the tape machine. goes into record when it feels like it. just let it happen. just dont leave. dont leave. it waits patiently. mum left her 8 year old locked in for a week with lollipops and crisps. she had to work or forgot or something. stanley says. you, like everyone else need to feel important.


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]8 septembre 1997[/button]

Le groupe répète la chanson lors des soundcheks d’un concert. Toutefois, la chanson ne sera pas jouée avant 2000, continuant à faire parler les fans, qui l’attendent avec impatience .

Enregistrement proposé par le webmaster de :


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]juin 1998[/button]

Pendant la balance du Tibetan Freedom Concert, le groupe en a répété les premières mesures, et aussi le superbe riff de Jonny qui rythme la seconde moitié du morceau, et qui fait penser à la fin de Let Down. Mais rien de plus, ils ne l’ont pas jouée…


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]18 novembre 1998[/button]

[quote align=’none’ cite=’Rolling Stones’]Speaking of new songs, guitarist Ed O’Brien confided to reporters this fall that ’I Promise’, and ’True Love Waits’, two of their unreleased songs that the band routinely play for soundchecks, and ’Motion Picture Soundtrack’, which has appeared as a final encore in the past, could end up on the new album. Furthermore, O’Brien told NME that the band had already worked on some stuff in the back of their tour bus while they were on the road for the last album.[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]1999[/button]

Phil déclare dans une interview qu’ « Elle sera définitivement sur le prochain album. Elle est dans la veine de Karma Police. »


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]12 décembre 1999[/button]

Sur le message board du groupe, Thom Yorke laisse un message où il parle de ’true love waits’ (réclamée à corps et à cris par les fans) :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]”nowhere land unfortunately at the moment even though i keep thinking about it… we dont know where to start having started so many times”[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]10 janvier 2000[/button]

Le groupe s’est remis à travailler sur la chanson, comme Ed le raconte dans le journal en ligne qu’il tient à destination des fans :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]January 10 – January 19, 2000
happy new year and many many thanks to all you lovely cardsenders.

i think we all arrived at the studio with that same dread of starting where we left plough back into the old tracks seemed like a daunting task. nigel suggested a different plan of action to ease us back into it over the next couple of weeks. the idea was to spend this time working in a completely different way ; no acoustic instruments ie any guitars,drums or vocals……everything has to be electronically generated. it means that we can’t fall back on what we’ve done before and forces us to work this equipment. it’s actually an incredible amount of fun – which is not something we’ve had in abundance over the last year or in studios in general. we’ve been working on four ’bits’ and because they are fairly abstract it will be interesting to review it in a few weeks. the important thing is that you are constantly learning even if something doesn’t necessarily work out. and actually it’s something we’ve been meaning to do for a while. again it’s the need to change the methodology in how you actually make the music – only by doing this will we actually produce stuff that sounds any different. and conversely by finding another approach to recording, it enthuses us in the way that we’ve worked together as a ’live’ band. the rehearsals last week were fantastic precisely because we had not picked up those instruments and recorded them.

this week we have cast the experimental net further afield to include material like ’true love waits’ and ’feeling pulled apart by horses’. the former has been kicking around for about four years now and each time we approached it we seemed to be going down the same old paths………it actually sounds like the start of something exciting now.

did an interesting band version of ’bombers’ which thom has attached to what i used to call ’the neil young’ song…we may play it some time later this evening.[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]19 janvier 2000[/button]

Ed laisse un message sur le ’message board’ de, où il parle de True Love Waits :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]has been kicking around for about four years now and each time we approached it we seemed to be going down the same old paths… it actually sounds like the start of something now.
Nigel Godrich, le producteur, laisse lui aussi un message :
[quote ]coming, coming….. we were doing that today actually.[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]16 janvier 2000[/button]

Sur le message board, Thom explique les paroles « I’ll dress like your niece » :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]the difference between young and old when people start to dress sensible and act their age. this person is offering not to do that to keep the other. alles klarr ?[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]9 février 2000[/button]

Ed parle à nouveau de la chanson dans son journal en ligne :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]February 9, 2000
put ’true love waits’ up again….this is a song which has been kicking around for four years or so, in fact we recorded a version of it when we were making the last album and this is something like approach number 561. but it is a great song…’s simply trying to find a way of doing it which excites us. and we may have found a way, at the very least we’ve found a new approach …….. basically the track has the same vocal melody but the chords have changed underneath it. so we’ll come back to it and see how it sounds. it may of course be utter crap and we have so lost the plot on this song……………please don’t let that be the case……..[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]1 avril 2000[/button]

Thom revient sur le message board du site sur les paroles « Des sucettes et des chips. » :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]i read an article about a child who was between 5-8 yrs old who was left on his/her own for a week in a house when his parents left on hoilday and he lived on lollipops on crisps. true.[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]8 février 2000[/button]

Le groupe joue la chanson lors d’un concert à Tel Aviv, sous le titre de « true love waits ». Les fans l’attendaient depuis 5 ans !


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]juin 2001[/button]

Dans un article consacré à Phil Selway (que l’on peut lire là :…), on trouve un petit échange qui montre à quel point le groupe n’arrive pas à faire sonner la chanson en groupe :
[quote align=’none’ cite=”]« Will you guys ever do ’True Love Waits’ again live, or put it out as a B-side or anything ? »

He gasps in disbelief. « That’s bizarre—somebody else asked this question earlier on ! »

This topic is something that a only veritable Radiohead freak would bring up ; it refers to a song performed live by Radiohead only one time ever (Brussels, 1995, which doesn’t count Thom’s solo acoustic performance of it in Israel, 2000). The bootleg of it is so stunning that fans have been clamoring for it ever since.

I reply confidently, « You know, everyone loves this song so much—they just want to hear it ! » Phil chuckles, then pauses before delivering a carefully thought-out response. He does this during our entire conversation—takes the time to think about things before they leave his mouth, and as a result is a charming and eloquent speaker.

« We’ve not been able to do justice to it yet as a band, » he says earnestly. « When we’ve got a good version—a good band version—then we will no doubt make it into a record. »[/quote]


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]fin 2001[/button]

Durant l’année 2001, le groupe joue 7 fois la chanson en concert :

  • le 1 août à Chicago :
  • le 2 octobre à Tokyo :


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]13 novembre 2001[/button]

Sortie de ’true Love Waits Live Recordings’, un album d’enregistrements live des chansons de Radiohead. La 8e piste est un enregistrement de « True Love Waits », jouée à Los Angeles en août 2001 et remixé par Jim Warren.

Pas de version studio, comme les fans l’attendent, mais une très belle version live de la chanson.


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]2002[/button]

La chanson est jouée deux fois en concert en 2002.

Le 27 octobre 2002, Thom la joue seul à la guitare acoustique :


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]2003[/button]

La chanson est jouée 5 fois en live, comme ici à New York :

Les fans l’attendent toujours avec impatience, elle est réclamée !


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]2004[/button]

Quelques artworks disséminés sur le site officiel rappelent la phrase fétiche de beaucoup de fans de la chanson :


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]2006[/button]

Stanley Donwood semblait toujours avoir en tête cette magnifique chanson, puisqu’au détour d’une de ses illustrations pour Dead Children Playing, le catalogue de son exposition à Barcelone on retrouve des références à la chanson.


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’]2006[/button]

Durant la tournée d’été 2006, le groupe s’est servi de la chanson comme intro pour « Everything In Its Right Place » (plutôt que la radio) à plusieurs reprises, comme ici à Berkeley le 24 juin :


[button icon=’iconic-cd’ fullwidth=’true’] 8 mai 2016 [/button]

La chanson intègre la tracklist du 9ème album de Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool.

[quote cite=’NYTimes, 9 mai 2016, Jon Pareles’]

The album ends with “True Love Waits,” a love song Radiohead wrote in the 1990s and first recorded on a 2001 live EP, “I Might Be Wrong,” with Mr. Yorke simply strumming and singing alone, building up to the song’s pleading refrain, “Don’t leave, don’t leave.” Two decades later, its studio version testifies to what Radiohead’s patient perfectionism can achieve. Instead of guitar chords, it starts with four repeating piano notes, a chord dissected and laid bare. The same piano figure sketches the song’s other chords through the first verse. Gradually, more pianos are overdubbed: in rippling loops, low resonant tones and repeated chords, not so much filling out the arrangement as emanating alongside it, somewhere between harmonious and oblivious. It’s a world that exists outside one man’s longings, and won’t be eclipsed by them.

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