Radiohead releases song "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"
"Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead.
The band wrote and recorded the song as a tribute to the British supercentenarian Harry Patch, who was the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches during World War I. The song was self-released on 5 August 2009 as a downloadable single and sold for £1 from the band's website, with all proceeds donated to The Royal British Legion.
The song consists of Thom Yorke's singing and a string arrangement composed by Jonny Greenwood. The lyrics are from the perspective of a soldier in World War I, and include modifications of quotations from Patch. Reception to the song was generally positive, with critics praising the song's message and symphonic style. The Patch family also voiced their approval of the song's message and the band's charitable use of its proceeds.