"Last Flowers" was part of the OK Computer recording sessions, but, as Ed said, "It was one that we actually tracked and it sounded shite." The song, as described by the band, had elements of David Bowie in it, and was a favorite of Colin's, who explained that while he knows all band members must be in agreement before a track is used on an album, he was still upset to see this one left off.
Thom in 1999: "I absolutley love this song. The name will get changed probably to Cogs. (Sarky cogs skwrkinground). Jonny and I have rewritten the 2nd verse and we are yet to start recording it. But it's not lost."
The title apparently comes from a sign on the way to Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. It is also called "Last Flowers" or "Cogs".