I Might Be Wrong

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"I Might Be Wrong"
Single by Radiohead
from the album Amnesiac
Released 4 June 2001
Genre Electronic rock[1][2]
Length 4:54
Songwriter(s) Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Jonny Greenwood, Philip Selway, Thom Yorke)
Radiohead singles chronology
"Pyramid Song"
"I Might Be Wrong"
"Knives Out"
"Pyramid Song"
"I Might Be Wrong"
"Knives Out"
Music video
"I Might Be Wrong" (Sophie Muller version) on YouTube
Amnesiac track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box"
  2. "Pyramid Song"
  3. "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors"
  4. "You and Whose Army?"
  5. "I Might Be Wrong"
  6. "Knives Out"
  7. "Morning Bell/Amnesiac"
  8. "Dollars and Cents"
  9. "Hunting Bears"
  10. "Like Spinning Plates"
  11. "Life in a Glasshouse"

"I Might Be Wrong" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead, released as the second single from their fifth studio album Amnesiac (2001) on 4 June 2001.

Musical structure[edit]

Although the album version is heavily produced by Nigel Godrich and Radiohead, with a more electronic texture, "I Might Be Wrong" is one of the more guitar-oriented songs on Amnesiac. The song uses a blues riff written by Jonny Greenwood, in Drop D tuning. The guitar riff has a repetitive and looping quality, partly the result of the slides to reach some notes and the pull-offs, the song also contains multiple ondes Martenot tracks.[3]


In the United States, it was released as a radio-only single in advance of the album. "Pyramid Song" was the official first single in all other regions, and the "Pyramid Song" video was also released worldwide.


  • Thom Yorke – vocals, synthesizer
  • Jonny Greenwood – guitar, ondes Martenot
  • Ed O'Brien – guitar, effects, backing vocals
  • Colin Greenwood – bass
  • Phil Selway – drums, programming

Live performance[edit]

The song was first played live as a set-closer in Villa Reale in Milan, Italy, on 19 June 2000, and has become a live favourite. A live version of the song appears on Radiohead's 2001 live album, which is called I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings. It has also often been played in an acoustic version by Thom Yorke, the song was also used in the official commercial ad campaign for the 2002 Winter Olympics.[4]


The song charted at #27 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5]

Music video[edit]

Even though "I Might Be Wrong" was not released as a single outside of the United States, two music videos were produced for it. One, directed by Chris Bran and released only on the Internet, was available during the Amnesiac era on Radiohead's official site, now offline.

The second, directed by Sophie Muller, shows Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a dimly lit parking garage playing the song. The video was made available several months after Amnesiac came out, it can also be found on Radiohead's 2004 DVD release The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time.

Use in popular media[edit]

The introduction is used during a flashback sequence (introducing prisoner 97P528 Greg Penders, played by John Lurie) in episode 5 of season 5 of HBO's TV prison drama Oz. The song was also featured in the 2001 psychological thriller, Vanilla Sky, the song is also used in the 2009 film Archie's Final Project and in episode 16 of season 3 of the CBS crime drama Person of Interest.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Blau, Max (14 February 2011). "Radiohead's 20 Greatest Songs". Paste. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Nicholas, Taylor (11 May 2001). "Recovering the Memory of Pop Radiohead's 'Amnesiac'". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Osborn, Brad (2016). Everything in its Right Place: Analyzing Radiohead. Oxford University Press. 
  4. ^ "Winter Olympics Commercial". greenplastic.com. 2001-10-10. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Artist Chart History - Radiohead". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20.