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Rabbit in Your Headlights” is a song by British electronic duo UNKLE, written by Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Josh Davis. It was the first single taken from the duo’s 1998 album Psyence Fiction. The title of the song comes from a quote in the 1990 thriller movie Jacob’s Ladder.

The song’s music video, directed by Jonathan Glazer, premiered in November 1998. The critically acclaimed video won the MVPA‘s Best International Video of the Year Award in 1999. In 2006, Stylus Magazine ranked it number one on their list of the Top 100 Music Videos of All Time. It is anthologised on the DVD Directors Label, Vol. 5: The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer.

The video uses a technique which Glazer would later use for the “A Song for the Lovers” video, being shot in real-time and allowing the diegetic sounds produced by objects and characters to be audible above the music. It differs from that video in that the music itself is non-diegetic.

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Scared of the spotlight
You don’t come to visit
I’m stuck on this bed

Thin rubber gloves
She laughs when she’s crying
She cries when she’s laughing

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
Washed down the toilet
Money to burn

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away

If you’re frightened of dying and then you hold on
You’ll see devils tearing your life away
But, if you’ve made your peace
Then the devils are really angels
Freeing you from the Earth… from the Earth

White worms on the underground
Caught between stations
Butter fingers
I’m losing my patience

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
You got money to burn

Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away…
away… away

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