"Karma Police" is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead from their 1997 third studio album OK Computer. The song's title and lyrics derive from an in-joke among the band, referring to the Hindu theory of retributive enforcement, karma.
"Karma Police" was released as the second single from OK Computer, and became a commercial success, charting at number eight on the UK Singles Chart and number fourteen on the US Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Critical reception to the single was also favourable.
"Karma Police", like several other songs that would make up OK Computer, was debuted live in 1996, when the band briefly supported Alanis Morissette on an American tour. This version had different lyrics than the final release, with the second verse being "Karma Police, arrest this girl / she stares at me / as if she owns the world / and we have crashed her party", and the first chorus ending with "This is what you'll get / when you mess with me".
A live version of "Karma Police", performed with a Rhodes piano on The Late Show with David Letterman, is captured in the Radiohead documentary Meeting People Is Easy. While recording OK Computer, Radiohead listened to late Beatles albums,...