Optimistic
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
premier live
5:03
version originale
27 septembre 2000, Kid A
enchaînée avec In Limbo
5:12
version radio
25 septembre 2000, promo Optimistic
fade out avant l'enchaînement
5:00
version live
novembre 2000, vidéo promo Optimistic
4:48

Etrangement, la plus "pop" des chansons de Kid A est une des moins appréciée, peut être fait elle tache ?
Ce qui est sûr c'est que cette chanson, mystérieusement, a été attendue comme un messie par beaucoup de fans (donc fûmes nous déçu ?), son titre peut être, le journal d'Ed nous y a peut être aidé.
La version studio est plus lente que la version live, c'est la seule chanson de Kid A où 3 guitares sont présentes, Thom sur une 12 cordes, les autres sur leurs guitares habituelles. Il convient de s'intéresser ici aux percussions de Phil, un rythme très original qui colle bien à la chanson (malgré que ce soit décalé avec le calme des guitares claires).
La fin de la chanson est au contraire une explosion rythmique, la version hip hop nous donne des sueurs froides… Combien de ces morceaux ratons-nous ? Sacré eux. (Flavien)

Ed
The 'jam' at the end of Optimistic is from the first recording sessions, in Paris. They were going for an east-coast hip hop feel with that particular version of Optimistic. Apparently there are about 8 versions, with one later one than the album version which Nigel loves.
Triple J FM (radio australienne), 20 décembre 2000
Hilda Carr
An extraordinary song, so exceptional and outstanding. [...] 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
start by working on 'optimistic'. 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. [...]
commencé par travailler sur 'optimistic'. j'aime vraiment les paroles, surtout la phrase "this one just crawled out the sawmp" ça me rappelle les trucs blues de PJ Harvey. cool. [...]
journal, friday july23 1999
Ed
[...] finish by playing "lost at sea/in limbo", "optimistic", "c-minor song". [...]
[...] on a fini en jouant "lost at sea/in limbo", "optimistic", "c-minor-song". [...]
journal, friday july 30 1999
Ed
[...] start with 'optimistic' (still sounding great - jonny tries some cool ondes martenot on it - the high stuff is good, not however when he follows the main riff). [...]
journal, thursday august5 1999
Ed
[...] finish with 'optimistic'.
journal, tuesday august31 1999
Ed
[...] run through 'optimistic', cuttooth', and 'up on the ladder' for nige, who's down for the day to do some wiring and 'studio arranging'.
journal, wednesday sept1 1999
Ed
a good and long rehearsal. pick up where we left off on 'everything' and move swiftly on to 'optimistic' - it's blinding - definitely the most formed of the songs to put to tape - it comes from the swamp. [...]
journal, wednesday sept8 1999
Ed
[...] on to 'optimistic' -must record that soon before we lose it (remember 'lift'?). [...]
journal, thursday sept9 1999
Ed
[...] -i've tried to write something about what we've been doing in the last five weeks - [...] we're in london at present and nigel is mixing; he has been for three days. which means that we have actually finished six or so tracks. this has been our life for the last five weeks - we had a list of about ten songs which was then further narrowed down to six. they are definitely different.................... [...] there's 'optimistic', there's another which started off as a thom doodle on the 505........ [...]
journal, 1/12/99
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flies are buzzing round my head flies are buzzing round my head 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. not my problem give me some. you can try the best you can try the best you can money for the generals. how could you be so naive? digging deep into your pockets the will of allah the word of god you can try the best you can try the best you can
the best you can is good enough. why dont you stop beating yourself up? this one isnt jesus turn that hippy bullshit off. i find it difficult to be optimistic. id really like to help you but its just not convenient call me back
some other time. burnt spaghetti wires i am an optimist the best you can is good enough this will not save you will not put the world to rights will not solve your
marriage this wont be on sky tv i dont believe you you you mean it the best you can is good this wont tell you what you need to know optimistic foolish
arseholes tell you what you want to know this one drops a payload this wont cure your loneliness this wont bring the disappeared fodder for the animals living on animal farm
you can try the best you can you can try the best yo can the best you can is flies are swarming round my face. flies are swarming round my face. not now man i got problems of my own. howd i ever get into this mess? unless ofcourse youre trying to hide something. the flies buzz around me picking up evry last crumb when will you ever get out of bed? the optimist will drink and drive the really nervous wont survive optimistic auto-suggestion. hello hello made no difference at all nothing has changed at all this is the new cold war same as the cold old war the names have changed the innocent the innocent have been used to thicken the soupy the soupy can be used to feed the troops from tin cans food is food and sex is sex ivehadmy fill i want to defect. dinosaurs roam the earth shot by monks diplomatic answers to diplomatic questions. the murdered will come back to life tthe blind will cut you with a carving knife the evidence is there too see if you turned a blind eye now your not even human whats your real motivation? cnsequences ff your actions. red ants black ants no idea what your doing viruses mutating mind constipation turn that hippy bullshit off. cogs sarcy cogs swrking round
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I'd
really like to help you but - man, but it's not convenient.
Call me back
some other
time.
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I'd
really
like to help you but

- man, but it's not convenient.
Call me back

some other
time.
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Everyone's got
blood on their hands. I can't bear those words. Maybe I'm not damned after all. Listen, this is how it works. Banquets for the investors.
The big fish eat the little ones.
I can't bear to watch the news.
Well, I'm here, aren't I?
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Everyone's got
blood on their hands. I can't bear those words. Maybe I'm not damned after all. Listen, this is how it works. Banquets for the investors.
The big fish eat the little ones.
I can't bear to watch the news.
Well, I'm here, aren't I?
enregistrement
Nigel Godrich with Radiohead
assistant
Gerard Navarro
gaffer
Plank
engineered and mixed
Nigel Godrich
additional engineering
Gerard Navarro and Graeme Stewart
master
Chris Blair
Abbey Road Studios