Anyone Can Play Guitar
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Destiny, destiny protect me from the world.
Destiny, hold my hand, protect me from the world.
Here we are with our running and confusion,
And I don't see no confusion anywhere.

And if the world does turn and if London burns,
I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar.
I want to be in a band when I get to heaven,
Anyone can play guitar and they won't be a nothing anymore.

Grow my hair, grow my hair, I am Jim Morrison,
Grow my hair, I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be Jim Morrison.
Here we are with our running and confusion,
And I don't see no confusion anywhere.

And if the world does turn and if London burns,
I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar.
I want to be in a band when I get to heaven,
Anyone can play guitar and they won't be a nothing anymore.

Song facts

"Anyone Can Play Guitar" is a single taken from Radiohead's first album Pablo Honey, released just in advance of the album. It is the band's second single, and their first to receive a wide hearing ("Creep" had been issued in limited quantities some months earlier, and had failed to chart, but would soon become a hit and ultimately be re-released later in 1993). "Anyone Can Play Guitar" made relatively little impression on the charts, but it remained a staple of the band's live sets throughout the early-mid 1990s.

Speaking about the 3rd verse of the song, Thom explains: "I just ranted that verse the day after I saw The Doors film. That film really wound me up, really upset me. It was like [Morrison] was some sort of Arthurian legend or something." Jonny played guitar with a paintbrush on this cut.

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