++ OTHER

++  Aftur Efur Þú Verið Að Daðra
++  Amphibian
++  Anyone Who Had A Heart
++  Atlantic
++  Bedtime Story
++  Charlene
++  Cry Me A River
++  Domestica
++  Downtown
++  Foot Soldier
++  Generous Palmstroke
++  Gloomy Sunday
++  I Fall In Love Too Easily
++  I Go Humble
++  I Love To Love
++  I Remember You
++  It's In Our Hands
++  Jólakötturinn
++  Jólasveinar
++  Karvel
++  Keep Your Mouth Shut
++  Le Petit Chevalier
++  Lilith
++  Min Farfar Drikker Sødmælk
++  Minun Kultani Kaunis On
++  Misty
++  Mother Heroic
++  Móðir Mín Í Kví, Kví
++  My Favourite Things
++  My Snare / Nature Is Ancient
++  My Spine
++  Next To Last Song
++  Nu Flyver Anton
++  Oður Steinsins
++  Other Side Of The Sun
++  Oxygen
++  Prayer Of The Heart
++  Satisfaction
++  Scary
++  Séru Búbú Séru
++  Short Term Affair
++  Síðasta Ég
++  So Broken
++  Sod Off
++  Softly
++  Stígðu Mig
++  Sweet Intuition
++  Synchronicity
++  The Boho Dance
++  Úm Akkeri
++  Verandi
++  Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu
++  Who Do You Think You Are?
++  Who Is It?
++  Why?
++  You Don't Know What Love Is
++  You Only Live Twice
++  þín Var Ekki Að Biða

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AFTUR EFUR Þú VERIð Að DAðRA

Allt sem hún sagði var satt
allt sem hún sagði var satt
gefum henni tíma
gefum henni rúm
allt sem hún sagði var satt

Allt sem hún vilte var gott
allt sem hún vilte var gott
gefum henni tíma
gefum henni rúm
allt sem hún vilte var gott

Hvernig þú brást við var rétt
hvernig þú brást við var rétt
gefum henni tíma
gefum henni rúm
hvernig þú brást við rétt
 

YOU'VE BEEN FLIRTING AGAIN

All that she said was true
all that she said was true
give her some time
give her some space
all that she said was true

All that she meant was good
all that she meant was good
give her some time
give her some space
all that she meant was good

How you reacted was right
how you reacted was right
give her some time
give her some space
how you reacted was righ
 

SONG INFO

This Icelandic version of "You've Been Flirting Again" was released as a B-side on the "Army Of Me" single in april 1995.


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AMPHIBIAN

(Icelandic/gibberish)
 

 

SONG INFO

Released on "Being John Malkovich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", on December 14, 1999.

"Amphibian i was very proud to be asked , spike is a friend i had sort of watched him through the corner of my eye make his first film and i knew the connection was genuine , and i personally feel that that song and the piece where it got put match each other very well !!! I met the guy who made the professional , we had a mutual friend and i promised him a new song . I then noughtily moved on to another project ( post ) and couldn´t get it together to connect so I offered him to choose an old song instead as he had been editing with that piece of music anyway . so : proud of the amphibian thing but the other too where educating experiences that influenced strongly that i have since said no to almost every single soundtrack request i have been asked about ."
Björk @ bjork.com forum


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ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART

Anyone who ever loved
could look at me, and know that I love you
Anyone who ever dreamed
could look at me ,and know I dream of you

Knowing I love you so

Anyone who had a heart
would take me in his arms and love me too
You - wouldn't really have a heart
and hurt me like you hurt me and be so untrue
what am I to do?

Every time you go away
I always say, this time it's goodbye dear
Loving you the way I do
I take you back, without you I'd die dear

Knowing I love you so

Anyone who had a heart
would take me in his arms and love me too
You - couldn't really have a heart
and hurt me like you hurt me and be so untrue
what am I to do?

Knowing I love you so

Anyone who had a heart
would take me in his arms and love me too
You couldn't really have a heart
and hurt me like you hurt me and be so untrue

Anyone who had a heart
would take me in his arms and always love me
why won't you?
 

 

SONG INFO

A Burt Bacharach cover, performed live by Björk at the Union Chapel in London, UK on the 9th and 11th of december 1999.


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ATLANTIC

Þú veist af allri hlýjunni
þú finnur allan hitan
þú veist að ég elska þig
þú veist ég verð að fara

Ég fer og veiði í matinn
kem aftur hlaðin gjöfum
með bér og fjaðrir og perlur
og litla effelturna

Ég kem og kyssi og kyssi
og kyss'og nudda hálsin
og þegar og þegar ég kem
og þegar og þegar

Þú veist að ég þarnfast þín
þú veist að ég er þín
Ho-oh-oh oh, þú...
a-að ég elska þig
þú veist að ég er þín
Ho-oh, wooh-oh oh
þegar hann kemur
Oh-mey-oh-mey-oh

A-að ég elska þig
 

ATLANTIC

You know of all the warmth
You feel all the heat
You know that I love you
You know that I must go

I go and hunt for food
And come back loaded with meat
With berries and feathers and pearls
And little eiffel towers

I come and kiss and kiss
Kiss and rub the neck
And when and when I come
And when and when

You know that I need you
You know that I'm yours
Ho-oh-oh oh, you...
a-that I love you
You know that I'm yours
Ho-oh, wooh-oh oh
When he comes
Oh-mey-oh-mey-oh

Th-That I love you
 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Human Behaviour' cassette single in june 1993.


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BEDTIME STORY

Today is the last day that I'm using words
they've gone out, lost their meaning
don't function anymore

Let's, let's, let's get unconscious honey
let's get unconscious honey

Today is the last day that I'm using words
they've gone out, lost their meaning
don't function anymore

Travelling - leaving logic and reason
Travelling - to the arms of unconsciousness
Travelling - leaving logic and reason
Travelling - to the arms of unconsciousness

Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

Words are useless
especically sentences
they don't stand for anything
how could they explain how I feel

Travelling travelling - I'm traveling
Travelling travelling - leaving logic and reason
Travelling travelling - I'm gonna relax
Travelling travelling - in the arms of unconsciousness

And inside we're all still wet
longing and yearning
how can I explain how I feel?

Let's get unconscious honey
Let's get unconscious

Travelling travelling
Travelling travelling
in the arms of unconsciousness
and all that you've ever learned
try to forget
I'll never explain again
 

 

SONG INFO

'Bedtime Story' is a song Björk wrote for Madonna in 1994. Originally, Madonna wanted Björk to write a whole album for her, but Björk only wrote one song, which came to be the title track of Madonnas album. In this song, you can hear a few lines that are exactly the same as in Björk's song "Sweet Intuition"


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CHARLENE

You've got yourself a-in a fine mess now, Charlene
you're either absolutely mad or you are joking, Charlene

Charlene, I'm crying
so close to you, darling
we're naked and laughing
you shine on my battery, Charlene

I have always adored your witty mouth, Charlene
now would you please be very very rude to them, Charlene

Charlene I'm crying
so close to you darling
we're naked and laughing
you shine on my battery, Charlene

Let me get you out of that lake, Charlene
your dress is red and oh so slippery, Charlene

I guess I have to dry you
dress you and comb you
you're already late
I'll sort you out

Charlene, I'm crying
so close to you darling
we're naked and laughing
you shine on my battery, Charlene
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Isobel' single in august 1995.

"This song is charlene was inspired by kadamba MASSIVE LOVE INTO YOU KADAMBA I HOPE YOUR?E READING THIS GREETINGS FROM ALL OF US !!!!!!!!"
- Björk in a webchat 9/21/99

Nellee Hooper dated model/actress Kadamba Simmons for a while. She was sadly murdered in 1998.


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CRY ME A RIVER

Now you say you love me
you cried the whole night through
well, you can cry me a river
cry me a river
I cried a river over you

Now you say you're sorry
for being so untrue
well, you can cry me a river
cry me a river
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me
out of my head
when you never shed a tear

Remember, I remember
all that you said
told me love was too plebeian
told me you were through with me

But now, you say you love me
and just to prove you do
come on and - cry me a river
cry me a river
I cried a river over you
 

 

SONG INFO

Cover of the song by Arthur Hamilton, performed live at several of her Gling-Gló concerts back in 1989-1990.


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DOMESTICA

Oh boy
where have I put my keys?

I've looked in my pocket
behind the newspaper
and underneath the remote control
and I cannot find where I put it again

Oh boy
I cannot find my keys
I'm far too late

The door is open now
a taxi is waiting there

A phone keeps ringing
I am definitely not going to
pick it up

'Cause
when I grow up
I'm gonna get those fancy keyrings
that you whistle at
and they whistle right back
at you
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Pagan Poetry' single in november 2001.


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DOWNTOWN

When you're alone and life is making you lonely
you can always go - downtown
when you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry
seems to help, I know - downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
how can you lose?

The lights are much brighter there
you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
so go downtown, things'll be great when you're

Downtown - no finer place, for sure
Downtown - everything's waiting for you

Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
there are movie shows - downtown
maybe you know some little places to go to
where they never close - downtown

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
you'll be dancing with him too before the night is over
happy again

The lights are much brighter there
you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
so go downtown, where all the lights are bright

Downtown - waiting for you tonight
Downtown - you're gonna be all right now

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to
guide them along

So maybe I'll see you there
we can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
so go downtown, things'll be great when you're

Downtown - don't wait a minute for
Downtown - everything's waiting for you
 

 

SONG INFO

A Tony Hatch / Petula Clark cover, performed live by Björk at the Union Chapel in London, UK on the 9th and 11th of december 1999.


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FOOT SOLDIER

Foot soldier
march ahead
enter the unknown
you will take the first step

Foot soldier
blindfolded
you're babystepping
carefully treading
blindfolded
tread carefully

Conquer the darkness

Into the darkness
foot soldier
and then we'll follow
but you go first
march ahead
but you go first
foot soldier
march ahead

Foot soldier

Who will take the first step?
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Hidden Place' single CD2 in august 2001.

Written by Björk, Guy Sigsworth and E. E. Cummings
Published by Universal Music
Programming: Mark Bell
Harp: Bjork
Harp Editing: Stan
Produced by: Bjork and Mark Bell
Engineered by: Jake Davis
Mixed by : Mark "Spike" Stent


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GENEROUS PALMSTROKE

I am strong in his hands
I am beyond me
on my own i'm human
and I do faults

I do confess
I feel you trickeling
down my shoulders
from above

mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

I turn myself in
I give myself up
volunteer
you own me : I'm yours

mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

You have to trust it
I'm eternally yours
all that I gave them
I gave to you

mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

So needy of comfort
but too raw to be embraced
undo this privacy
and put me in my place

mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

Generous palmstroke
the hugest of hugs
undo this privacy
embrace

E m b r a c e m e
E m b r a c e m e
E m b r a c e m e
E e e e e e m m m m m

mmmm mmmm mmmm mmmm

I am strong in his hands
I am above
way beyond me
I.... con...

She's strong in his hands
she is beyond her
on her own she is human
and she does faults
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Hidden Place' single in august 2001.

Written by Björk and Zeena Parkins
Published by Universal Music / Copyright Control
Programming: Marius De Vries, Jake Davies, Matmos and Bjork
Harp: Zeena Parkins
Pro Tools/ Recording Engineer: Jake Davies
Produced by: Bjork and Marius De Vries
Mixed by : Mark "Spike" Stent


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GLOOMY SUNDAY

Sunday is gloomy
the hours are slumberless
dearest, the shadows
I live with are numberless

Little white flowers
will never awaken you
not where the dark coach
of sorrow has taken you

Angels have no thought
of ever returning you
would they be angry
if I thought of joining you?

Gloomy Sunday

Gloomy is Sunday
with shadows I spend it all
my heart and I
have decided to end it all

Soon there'll be prayers
and candles are lit I know
let them not weep
let them know that I'm glad to go

Death is no dream
for in death I'm caressing you
with the last breath of my soul
I'll be blessing you

Gloomy Sunday

Dreaming, I was only dreaming
I wake and I find you asleep
in the deep of my heart here

Darling, I hope
that my dream hasn't haunted you
my heart is telling you
how much I wanted you

Gloomy Sunday
 

 

SONG INFO

Performed live at the Walden Woods Benefit in Los Angeles on April 16, 1998.

'Gloomy Sunday' - the notorious 'Hungarian Suicide Song' - was written in 1933. Its melody and original lyrics were the creation of Rezsô Seress, a self-taught pianist and composer born in Hungary in 1899.


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I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY

I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard for love to ever last

My heart should be well schooled
'cause I've been fooled in the past
but still I fall in love too easily
I fall in love too fast

I fall in love too easily, I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard for love to ever last

My heart should be well schooled
'cause I've been fooled in the past
but still I fall in love too easily
I fall in love too fast
 

 

SONG INFO

Cover of the song by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne, performed live at several of her Gling-Gló concerts back in 1989-1990.


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I GO HUMBLE

I go humble
you're so curiously pure
only before you I'm humble

I go humble
you amaze me
only before you I'm humble

I should be arrested
for my emotional stunts
only before you I'm humble

I'm queen of provocation
I wake people up
only before you I'm humble

I go humble
I adore you
only before you I'm humble

I should be arrested
for my emotional stunts
only before you I'm humble
 

 

SONG INFO

This song was based on the song 'Shove Piggy Shove' by LFO.

Released as a B-side on the 'Isobel' single in august 1995.

Written by Björk & Mark Bell.
Programming by Mark Bell & Marius de Vries.
Keyboards: Mark Bell
Recording engineers Mark Bell & Alan Fisch
Assistant engineer Oswald Bowe.
Mix Engineer Howie Bernstein.


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I LOVE TO LOVE

Oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance
he wants to dance, he loves to dance, he got to dance
oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance
oh, I love to love - but there's no time for a romance, no, no ,no
oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance

the minute
the band begins to swing it
he's on his feet to shake it
and dance the night away

Stop!
I'm spinning like a top
we dance until we drop
but if I have my way

Oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance
he wants to dance, he loves to dance, he got to dance
oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance
oh, I love to love - but there's no time for a romance, no, no ,no
oh, I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance


Stop!
I'm spinning like a top
we dance until we stop
but if I have my way

Stop, Stop!
instead of going down, down
we better go home and get down
but what I'm trying to say

I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance, yeah yeah
I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance, yeah yeah
I love to love - but my baby just loves to dance, yes he does
 

 

SONG INFO

This cover of Tina Charles' song was broadcast on Icelandic radio, and led to her very first record deal, and her very first album in 1977.


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I REMEMBER YOU

I remember you
you're the one that made my dreams come true
a few kisses ago

I remember you
you're the one that said "I love you too,
didn't you know?"

I remember too
a distant bell
and stars that fell
like rain out of the blue

When my life is through
and the angels ask me
to recall
the thrill of them all

I shall tell them : I remember you
 

 

SONG INFO

This cover of the old Johnny Mercer jazz standard appeared as a B-side on the 'Venus As A Boy' single in august 1993.


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IT'S IN OUR HANDS

Look no further
Look no further
Look no further

Cruelest
almost
always to ourselves
it musn't
get any better
off

It's in our hands : it always was
It's in our hands : in our hands
It's all there : in our hands
It's all there : in our hands

Well
now
aren't we scaring ourselves
unecessarily?
aren't we trying too hard?

'Cause it's in our hands
it's in our hands
it's all here : it's in our hands

Look no further
Look no further

It's in our hands : it always was
it's in our hands
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a single off the Greatest Hits in december 2002.


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JóLAKöTTURINN

Þið kannizt við jólaköttinn
- sá köttur var griðarstór
Fólk vissi'ekki hvaðan hann kom
eða hvert hann fór

Hann glennti upp glyrnurnar sinar
glóandi báðar tvær
Það var ekki heiglum hent
að horfa í þær

Kamparnir beittir sem broddar
upp úr bakinu kryppna há
og klærnar à loðinni löpp
var ljótt að sjá

Því var það, að konurnar kepptust
við kamba og vefstól og rokk
og prjónuðu litfagran lepp
eða lítin sokk

Þvi kötturinn mátti' ekki koma
og krækja í börnin smá
Þau urðu að fásína flík
þeim fullorðnu hjá

Og er kveikt var á jólakvöldið
og kötturin gægðist inn
stóðu börnin bísperrt og rjóð
með böggulinn sinn

Hann veifaði stélinu sterka
hann stökk og hann klóraði' og blés
og var ýmist uppi í dal
eða úti' um nes

Hann sveimaði, soltinn og grimmur
í sárköldum jólasnæ
og vakti í hjörtunum hroll
á hverjum bæ

Ef mjálmað var aumlega úti
var ólukkan samstundis vís
Allir vissu' að hann veiddi menn
en vildi ekki mýs

Hann lagðist á fátæka fólkið
sem fékk enga nýja spjör
fyrir jólin - og baslaði og bjó
við bágust kjör

Frá því tók hann ætið í einu
allan þess jólamat
og át það svo oftast nær sjálft
ef hann gat

Því var það, að konurnar kepptust
við kamba og vefstól og rokk
og prjónuðu litfagran lepp
eða lítin sokk

Sum höfðe fengið svuntu
og sum höfðu fengið skó
eða eitthvað, sem þótti þarft
en þad var nóg

Þvi kisa máti' engan eta
sem einhverja flíkina hlaut
Hún hvæsti þá heldur ljót
og hljóp á braut

Hvort enn er hún til, veit ég ekki
en aum yrði hennar för
ef allir eignuðust næst
einhverja spjör

Þið hafið nú kannske í huga
að hjálpa, ef þörf verður á
máske enn finnist einhver börn
sem ekkert fá

Máske, að leitin að þeim sem líða
af ljósskorti heims um ból
gefi ykkur góðan dag
og gleðileg jól
 

THE CHRISTMAS CAT

You know the christmas cat
- that cat is very large
We dont know where he came from
nor where he has gone

He opened his eyes widely
glowing both of them
it was not for cowards
to look into them

His hair sharp as needles
his back was high and bulgy
and claws on his hairy paw
were not a pretty sight

Therefore the women competed
to rock and sow and spin
and knitted colorful clothes
or one little sock

For the cat could not come
and get the little children
they had to get new clothes
from the grownups

When christmas eve was lighted
and the cat looked inside
the children stood straight and red-cheeked
with their presents

He waved his strong tail
he jumped, scratched and blew
and was either in the valley
or out on the headland

He walked about, hungry and mean
in hurtfully cold christmas snow
and kindled the hearts with fear
in every town

If outside one heard a weak "meaow"
then unluck was sure to happen
all knew he hunted men
and didnt want mice

He followed the poorer people
who didnt get any new clothing
near christmas - and tried and lived
in poorest conditions

From them he took at the same time
all their christmas food
and ate them also themselves
if he could

Therefore the women competed
to rock and sow and spin
and knitted colorful clothes
or one little sock

Some had gotten an apron
and some had got a new shoe
or anything that was needful
but that was enough

For pussy should not eat no-one
who got some new piece of clothes
She hissed with her ugly voice
and ran away

If she still exists I dont know
but for nothing would be his trip
if everybody would get next christmas
some new rag

You may want to keep it in mind
to help if there is need
for somewhere there might be children
who get nothing at all

Mayhaps that looking for those who suffer
from lack of plentiful lights
will give you a happy season
and merry christmas
 

SONG INFO

Released on the compilation album "Hvít Er Borg Og Bær" in december 1987.


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JóLASVEINAR

Jólasveinar ganga um gólf
með gildan staf í hendi
móðir þeirra sópar gólf
og flengir þá með vendi

Upp á stól stendur mín kanna
níu nóttum fyrir jól
þá kem ég til manna

Upp á stól stendur mín kanna
níu nóttum fyrir jól
þá kem ég til manna
 

CHRISTMASMEN

Yule-lads tread the floors
with a thick staff in hand
their mother sweeps the floors
and spanks them with twigs

On top of a chair my pitcher stands
nine nights before christmas
I head towards mankind

On top of a chair my pitcher stands
nine nights before christmas
I head towards mankind
 

SONG INFO

Traditional Icelandic christmas song, released by Björk on the "How The ___ Stole Christmas" compilation cassette tape in 1995.


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KARVEL

'Ekki hlusta' sagði ég
þær gefa þér röng skilaboð
þær æfa sig í að and'inní hjartað
bull og vitleysa

Elskaðu alla og "I love you"
og allir hér
og allir hér elska þig

Elskaðu alla og "I love you"
og allir hér
og allir hér elska þig

þú verður að muna að reikna
og skilurðu ekki að framtíðina
og ekki treysa nunnum?

Og sólin sekkur ekki í dag
og aldrei aldrei aldrei aldrei

Elskaðu alla og "I love you"
og aldrei ég
aldrei ég elska þig...

Ó hó!
'stendur djöfullin og kann ekki að reykja
og þegar ferlíkið fer af stað
reyndu að opna
þær æfa sig í að anda inn í hjartað
og djöfullin kann

Elskaðu alla og "I love you"
og aldrei ég
og aldrei ég elska þig
allt sem þú sérð

'Ekki hlusta' sagði ég
og 'ekki hlusta' sagði ég
 

KARVEL

'Don't listen' I said
They are giving you the wrong message
They are practising breathing into the heart
Nonsense and nonsense

Love everyone and "I love you"
And everyone here
Everyone here loves you

Love everyone and "I love you"
And everyone here
Everyone here loves you

You have to remember to calculate
And dont you understand the future
And don't trust nuns

And the sun doesn't sink today
And never never never never

Love everyone and "I love you"
And I never
And I never love you

O ho!
The devil stands and doesn't know how to smoke
And when the huge motherfucker starts moving
Try to open up
They practice breathing into the heart
And the devil knows

Love everyone and "I love you"
And I never
And I never love you
All that you see

Don't listen' I said
And 'don't listen' I said
 

SONG INFO

This song was written in 1994, but released as a B-side on the 'I Miss You' single in february 1997.

Written by Björk & Graham Massey
Produced & mixed by Graham Massey
Engineered by Markus Dravs

The word Karvel / Carvel / Caravel is a name given to ships and vessels, and also the name for a turkist man-of-war jellyfish.


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KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

Tricky
Well if they say they think I'm stuck up
I tell them shut the fuck up

Björk
All that she meant was good
All that she meant was good
Give her some time
Give her some space
All that she meant was good

Tricky
Better keep your mouth
Better keep your mouth closed, baby
You keep it closed or you just
You better keep your mouth closed, baby
You keep it closed or you just
Better keep your mouth closed, baby
Keep it closed, keep it shut
It's best you keep

Björk
All that she meant was good

Tricky
My gun down my drug
Better keep your mouth shut, baby
Keep it closed or you just
My gun down my drug

Björk
All that she meant was good
All that she meant was good
How you reacted was right
Give her some time
Give her some space
All that she meant was good
How you reacted was right

Tricky
Better keep your mouth shut, baby
You keep it closed or you just
Better keep your mouth shut, baby
You keep it closed for the rest

Mother - my, my embrace
Mother - my, my embrace
Fire when you feed me
Fire when you feed me
Mother - my, my embrace
Fire when you feed me

Björk
How you reacted was right
Give her some time
Give her some space
How you reacted was right

Tricky
My gun down my drug
Mother - my, my embrace
Fire when you feed me
My gun down my drug
It's best you keep
It's best you keep your mouth shut, baby
Keep it closed or you just
My gun down my
Keep your mouth shut, baby
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a collaboration on Tricky's album "Nearly God" in August 1996.

The lines that Björk sings are from her own song "You've Been Flirting Again" on the album Post (1995).


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LE PETIT CHEVALIER

Je suis le petit chevalier
avec le ciel dessus mes yeux
je ne peux pas me effrayer

Je suis le petit chevalier
avec la terre dessous mes pieds
j'irai te visiter
j'irai te visiter
 

THE LITTLE KNIGHT

I am the little knight
with the sky up above my eyes
I cannot be scared

I am the little knight
with the earth down below my feet
I shall visit you
I shall visit you
 

SONG INFO

This song from Nico's album "Desertshore" was often played as opening track during previous tours, but Björk sang it a capella herself once, at 'Le Zénith' in Paris, France on june 7th, 1998.


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LILITH

You can have me
but I'll defend my child
by spring the child will die

Moon

I'm just so warm, Jennifer
and I'm coming over
to sa-bo-tage our distance

Moon will lead me on
Moon will guide me through, baby
Moon will guide me through
Moon will turn me on

I just don't care anymore
'cause my court is calling
it's me and truth
it is home
I'm at home with thruth alone

Moon will lead me on
Moon will guide us through
Moon will guide us through, baby
Moon will turn me on

The moon
it guides me on baby
there's absolutely no doubt

Me and truth
it is home
I'm at home with truth alone
 

 

SONG INFO

This song was released as a collaborative track on Plaid's album 'Not For Threes' in october 1998.

Lilith is a female figure who in biblic legend is Adam's first wife, but when she refuses to assume a subservient role to Adam during sexual intercourse and eventually deserts Adam, she is supplanted by Eve, and becomes an evil spirit. Read more here.


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MIN FARFAR DRIKKER SøDMæLK

Min farfar drikker sødmælk
ja, sødmælk drikker han
og drikker han ikke sødmælk
så spiser han ærter og flæsk
 

MY GRANDFATHER DRINKS WHOLE MILK

My grandfather drinks whole milk
yes, whole milk's what he drinks
and when he does not drink whole milk
then he's eating peas and pork
 

SONG INFO

A traditional Danish children's song that Björk sung while accepting an award ("Best Foreign Female Singer") at the Danish Grammy Awards on february 18th, 1998.


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MINUN KULTANI KAUNIS ON

Minun kultani kaunis on
vaik' on kaitaluinen
minun kultani kaunis on
vaik' on kaitaluinen

Hei, huulia hillallaa
vaik' on kaitaluinen
hei, huulia hillallaa
vaik' on kaitaluinen

Kun minä vien sen markkinoille
hevosetkin nauraa
kun minä vien sen markkinoille
hevosetkin nauraa

Hei, huulia hillallaa
vaik' on kaitaluinen
hei, huulia hillallaa
vaik' on kaitaluinen
 

MY DARLING IS BEAUTIFUL

My darling is beautiful
although she is slender
my darling is beautiful
although she is slender

Hey, huulia hillallaa
although she is slender
hey, huulia hillallaa
although she is slender

When I take her to a market
even horses laugh
when I take her to a market
even horses laugh

Hey, huulia hillallaa
although she is slender
hey, huulia hillallaa
although she is slender
 

SONG INFO

A Finnish folksong that Björk sang a capella at the The Ruisrock festival in Finland on june 28th, 1998.


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MISTY

Look at me
I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree
and I feel i'm clinging to a cloud
I can't understand - I get misty just holding your hand

Walk my way
and a thousand violins begin to play
it could be the sound of your hello
that music I hear - I get misty the moment you're near

Cant you see that you're leading me on
and it's just what I want you to do
don't you notice how hopelessly I'm lost
thats why im following you

On my own
when I wander through this wonderland alone
never knowing my right foot from my left
my hat from my glove - I'm too misty and too much in love
 

 

SONG INFO

Cover of the song by Errol Carner & Johny Burke, performed live at several of her Gling-Gló concerts back in 1989-1990.


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MOTHER HEROIC

Oh thou that bowest thy ecstatic face
thy perfect sorrows are the world's to keep

Wherefore onto thy knee
come weep
with a prayer

Oh thou that bowest thy ecstatic face
thy perfect sorrows are the world's to keep

Wherefore onto thy knee
come weep
with a prayer

Mother Heroic
Mother Glorious

Beholding in thy eye
immortal tears

Oh thou that bowest thy ecstatic face

Oh...
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Hidden Place' single CD2 in august 2001.

Written by Björk, Guy Sigsworth and E. E. Cummings
Published by Universal Music
Celeste by: Guy Sigsworth
Engineered by: Valgeir Sigurdsson
Mixed by: Mark "Spike" Stent


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MóðIR MíN Í KVí, KVí

Móðir mín í kví, kví
kvíddú ekki því, því

Ég skal ljá þér duluna mína
duluna mína að dansa í

Ég skal ljá þér duluna mína
duluna mína að dansa í
 

MY MOTHER IN THE PEN, PEN

My mother in the pen, pen
don't you worry for, for

I shall loan you these rags of mine
rags of mine to dance in

I shall loan you these rags of mine
rags of mine to dance in
 

SONG INFO

Traditional Icelandic song that Björk sung a capella in a radio show BBC One World.

"That's a very spooky song, actually. The story goes, that this woman worked at a farm, and she got pregnant without being married. So what she did was that she hid her pregnancy, and then she went in the lava and had the baby on her own. She took her best dress - she had one really good dress - and wrapped her baby in it, and left it in the lava. Then she went back to her house, and tried to forget about it all. Several months later, they decided to have a dance. And she started looking for her best dress -- she'd forgotten what happened. She couldn't find it, so the baby ghost came into the room and sang her this song, which is basically 'Don't worry mum, I'll lend you back the dress you actually gave me.' And the baby ghost hit her in the face with the dress and killed her."
- Northern Lights, 7 May 2001


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MY FAVOURITE THINGS

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favourite things

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleighbells and shnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings

These are a few of my favourite things

When the bee stings
When the dog bites
When I'm feeling bad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel so sad
 

 

SONG INFO

Performed a capella in the musical movie 'Dancer In The Dark' that Björk starred in as the main character, Selma, in 2000.


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MY SNARE / NATURE IS ANCIENT

It's wet in the middle
with a shell around it
it's called life

It goes wherever it wants to
don't try to predict it
then you'd offend it
it's meant to surprise

Nature is ancient : but surprises us all
Nature is ancient : but surprises us all

Rescue me
from level-head-ness
and the unnecessary luxury of being calm

Nature is ancient : but surprises us all
Nature is ancient : but surprises us all

She's got dark hairs on her head
blonde on her arms
she sneaks up from behind
come on, you deserve it!
 

 

SONG INFO

Released under the title "My Snare" as a B-side on the 'Bachelorette' single in december 1997.

Also released under the title "Nature Is Ancient" on the 'Family Tree' album in november 2001, and as an extra track on the Japanese edition of 'Homogenic' in 1997.

Written by Björk & Mark Bell
Produced by Björk & Mark Bell
Recorded by Markus Dravs
Mixed by Mark 'Spike' Stent


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MY SPINE

I adore
back of necks
beautifully shaven

Gives me
always
always
always
always
always
always
a pretty rush down my spine!

All those boys
with fascinating fingers
working, creating
touching their tools

Gives me
always
always
always
always
always
always
a pretty rush down my spine!

Tell me stories
play me the tunes
that crack you up

Gives me
always
always
always
always
always
always
a pretty rush down my spine - ha!
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the "It's Oh So Quiet" single in november 1995.


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NEXT TO LAST SONG

Dear Gene,
of course you are here
and now there's nothing to fear

Oooh, I should have known
Oooh, I was never alone

This isn't the last song
there's no violin
the choir is so quiet
and no-one takes a spin
this is the next to last song
and that's all
all

Remember what I have said
remember, wrap up the bread
do this, do that, make your bed

This isn't the last song
there's no violin
the choir is quiet
and noone takes a spin
this is the next to last song
and that's all
 

 

SONG INFO

Performed a capella in the musical movie 'Dancer In The Dark' that Björk starred in as the main character, Selma, in 2000.


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NU FLYVER ANTON

Nu flyver Anton
helt af sig selv

Hvad tror du Anton?
bliver drømmene til virkelighed?

Han flyver gennem himlen
og himlen hænger
som en krave
om hans hals

Det er så sort og meget mørkt
imellem sol og måne

Nu flyver Anton

Sa pisser han pa mørkret
og mørkret
bliver til lys

Nu flyver Anton

Sa fik han sit første kys
sit første kys!
med tungen!
tungen
gik som
en pro-pel-ler
woah!

Oooh, nu flyver Anton
 

ANTON IS FLYING

Anton is flying
all by himself

What do you think Anton?
will the dreams become reality?

He flies through the heaven
and the heaven hangs
like a collar
around his neck

It is so black and very dark
between the sun and moon

Anton is flying

So he pisses on the darkness
and the darkness
turns to light

Anton is flying

So he got his first kiss
his first kiss!
with the tongue!
the tongue
went like
a pro-pel-ler
woah!

Oooh, Anton is flying
 

SONG INFO

Title song for the Danish children's movie "Anton" from 1996. This song was only released on a rare radio promo, along with a few other instrumental songs where Björk wails. This song is sung in, reportedly, rather staggering Danish.


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OðUR STEINSINS

(TBA)
 

 

SONG INFO

Performed by Björk in her band Háspenna Lífshætta ("High-voltage Lifedanger") during the early 80's.


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OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN

Leaving on a boat for beyond the other side of the ocean
bet you in the morning you won't even know I'm gone
Tired of living here in the middle of mixed emotion
might as well be living on the other side of the sun

Leaving with the feeling I don't know how I'm dealing with loving you
though once I knew
the special way
and what to do
to make you stay
forever and ever

Even as I'm leaving I'll never stop believing you are the one
who can make me laugh
and can bring me back
from beyond the other side of the sun

Rolling down the river I hope I can deliver the morning
Wishing on a star for the sun to come out to play
Funny, when it's over you really don't remember the warning
Might as well be living out beyond the Milky Way
 

 

SONG INFO

A cover of a Janis Ian song, performed by Björk in the band Jam80, in 1980.


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OXYGEN

(Icelandic/gibberish)
 

 

SONG INFO

Released on Evelyn Glennie's greatest hits compilation in 1998.

"It is very difficult to explain the feeling when you meet someone for the first time and somehow magic happens. 'Oxygen' was the first experiment Bjork and I made back in 1995. Everything we did we recorded; this piece, with all the pops and rattles and other unrefined noises, shows that this was a totally spontaneous effort - without 'makeup' or doctoring of any kind. This is how I like to make music. This piece remained untitled until appearing on this album. Why 'Oxygen'? I haven't the foggiest."
// Evelyn Glennie, 1998.


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PRAYER OF THE HEART

Kyrie
Iisou Christe
Hie Tou Theou
Eleison me

Lord
Jesus Christ
Son Of God
Have Mercy Upon Me
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a collaborative track on John Tavener's album "Tavener: A Portrait" in april 2004.

The song, based on a the Greek Orthodox 'Jesus Prayer', was written in 1999 in three languages (English, Greek and Coptic), specifically for Björk's voice, and accompanied by The Brodsky Quaretet.

First heard as a soundtrack during an exhibition called "Heartbeat", by Nan Goldin, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2001.


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SATISFACTION

I can't get no... satisfaction
I can't get no... satisfaction
and I try , and I try, and I try , and I try
I can't get no... no no no

When I'm drivin' in my car
and the man comes on the radio
he's tellin' me more and more
about some useless information
designed to Fire my imagination

I can't get no - no, no, no
hey, hey, hey - that's what I say

I can't get no satisfaction
I can't get no satisfaction
and I try, and I try , and I try, and I try

When I'm ridin' 'round the world
and I'm doin' this and I'm signin' that
and I'm tryin' to make some dough, tell me
baby, better come back, maybe next week
'cause you see I'm on a losing streak
I can't get no - oh, no, no, no

Hey, hey, hey - I can't get no
that's what I say - satisfaction
hey, hey, hey
That's what I say

I can't get no
say hey, hey, hey
I can't get no
say hey, hey, hey
that's what I say
 

 

SONG INFO

This is a cover of a 'Rolling Stones' song, performed live as a duet with PJ Harvey at the Brit Awards 1994.

"One and a half year ago I was asked to perform at the Brit awards and they asked me to do a duet with Meatloaf. And I was like 'Yeah, thank you. But sometimes you have two things you like, like chocolate and onions, but maybe you shouldn't cook the same dish out of it.' They said 'OK OK OK OK' and then they suggested David Bowie, and I was again like 'I'm very honoured, he's a genius and everything, but I'm not sure we have a lot to give to each other today. Maybe it's not the right timing or something.' -- 'OK OK OK'. And then I'm like 'Can I make a suggestion?' -- 'Okay' -- 'Can I ask Polly?' -- 'Yeah, Yeah'. And I asked Polly and she said yes too, and I was so happy."
- Björk, loladamusica, 1995


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SCARY

He means tomorrow but says "In a bit"
and doesn't show up at all
he sets his watch to a comet's orbit
remembers to forget to call

No courage for love - too scared to be happy
No courage for love - too scared to be happy

I do... do
I do... do

"Your place or mine?" means "Heaven or hell?"
two addresses somewhat apart
his home's dark and spiky, her's clear as a bell
it's over before they can start

No courage for love - too scared to be happy
No courage for love - too scared to be happy

I do.... don't
I do.... don't

And tomorrow passed them by
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the "Bachelorette" single in december 1997.


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SéRU BúBú SéRU

(TBA)
 

 

SONG INFO

Performed by Björk in her band Háspenna Lífshætta ("High-voltage Lifedanger") during the early 80's.


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SHORT TERM AFFAIR

It's a short term affair
you're my children's au-pair
but I just couldn't bear
to keep my hands off you

I was barely eighteen
what you did was obscene
but to me it felt clean
what else was I to do?

The memory still lingers
you're cooking the kids fish-fingers
and ironing

Each morning you'd come down
in your paisley dressing gown
then you'd sing
and the yearning started for a

Short term affair
no intention to stray
I was caught in your snare
but my wife was away
it was so debonair
so I thought what the hey
I knew I couldn't resist

It was a short term affair
you're the man, you're the boss
when I found you right there
like the father I lost
cleaning our silver-ware
so to hell with the cost
right then at once we kissed

You took me to the kitchen
your hands kinda started twitchin'
I felt so shy

Nothing could stop what followed
lucky for me you swallowed
every lie

I know it's all over now
try to be strong somehow
I'll start a brand new life
please, please don't tell my wife
but I won't, I won't stop loving you
please, please don't tell my wife
au revoir, ciao, auf wiedersehen
we must never meet again

Short term affair
 

 

SONG INFO

This duet between Björk and Steve Coogan (as his Tony Ferrino character) was both recorded as a studio version for the album "Phenomenon" released in 1997, and performed live at BBC's televised Comic Relief on march 14th, 1997.


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SíðASTA ÉG

Ég fylgist með þér
hvernig þú hreyfir þig
bak við veggfóðrið

Síðasta ég í heimi

Ég leita að ____
til að horfa á
leita að ____
til að ganga í

Síðasta ég í heimi
 

THE LAST ME

I watch you
how you move
behind the wallpaper

The last me in the world

I look for ___
to look at
search for ___
to walk in

The last me in the world
 

SONG INFO

Originally recorded by the band "The Elgar Sisters" that Björk was a part of, but later released by Björk on the "big Time Sensuality" single in november 1993.


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SO BROKEN

So broken
in pieces
my heart is so broken
I'm puzzling

Here I go
trying to run ahead of that
heart-break-train
thinking
it will never catch up with me

I'm so broken

I'm trying to land this aeroplane of ours
gracefully
but it seems just destined to crash

I'm so broken

How can
all continuity just vanish away
at one step at a time now baby
I'm so completely unhealable, baby

I'm so broken
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on

"I recorded 'So Broken' that infamous week for me, the week of the bomb. The only way for me to write a song about it was just to take the piss. I wrote it in my house hitting the table singing, 'I'm so broken (in corny, overwrought voice), olé!' I was going to have the sound of washing dishes and three kids screaming; it would be a soap opera. Then I went to the studio in Spain and met the flamenco guitarist who plays on the track and stayed there for six months recording."
- Raygun, September 1997

In the end of the recording, you can hear Raimundo Amador, the guitarist, say "Vamos a hacer otra? A otra!" which means "Up for another one? Another one!"


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SOD OFF

I know I've been tolerant 'til now
but here comes a warning,
there's a very clear line that I'm drawing
and if you cross it

Sod off

If you think I'll let you pull me down to
your third-class communication
and bulldoze over all my sensitivities
you've read me all wrong

Sod off

Things so far have been too perfect
this is the premiere
but oh, how many dress rehearsals
I've been through

Darling this is far too pure and perfect
won't let you corrupt it
sod off
I won't let you ruin this

Sod off
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the 'Jóga' single in september 1997.


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SOFTLY

Softly
Fulfilling every duty

Softly
Nurturing every detail

And if one attends the most
one will eventually
elevate above all struggles
above daily nuisance
with the sensational
nuance

Where all things are good

If one steadfastly attends
and respects all community
consistantly care
and insists on warmth at all times
one will eventually
elevate above all struggle
above daily nuisance
with the sensational
nuance

Where all things are good
 

 

SONG INFO

As performanced live by Björk and Toumani
Diabaté at Expo Zaragoza, 10 August 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain.


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STíGðU MIG

Stígðu mig
að eðli
þar sem mikil
hús
velta framm úr
þoku
og gul augu deyja
í endalausum
endalausum
endalausum
samförum
 

STEP ME

Step me
to a nature
where mighty
houses
roll out of
fog
and yellow eyes die
in endless
endless
endless
intercource
 

SONG INFO

Originally recorded by the band "The Elgar Sisters" that Björk was a part of, but later released by Björk on the "Venus As A Boy" single in august 1993.


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SWEET INTUITION

Close your eyes
listen closely
all that you've learnt
try to forget it

Fuck logic, fuck logic
bravo to instinct
and sweet intuition

What makes you tick?
trust your senses
all that you've learnt
try to forget it

Believe in believing
believe in instinct
and sweet intuition, honey

And inside
we're all still wet
longing and yearning
repeat after me:

Fuck logic, fuck logic
bravo to instinct
and sweet intuition
sweet intuition
sweet intuition, honey
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a B-side on the "Isobel" single in august 1995.

A few lines from this song were later re-used when Björk was asked to write the song "Bedtime Stories" for Madonna.


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SYNCHRONICITY

Chocolate
 

 

SONG INFO

Released as a soundtrack for the skater group Chocolate's documentary skater video "Hot Chocolate" in march 2004.


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THE BOHO DANCE

Down in the cellar in the Boho zone
I went looking for some sweet inspiration, oh well
Just another hard-time band
With Negro affectations
I was a hopeful in rooms like this
When I was working cheap
It's an old romance-the Boho dance
It hasn't gone to sleep

But even on the scuffle
The cleaner's press was in my jeans
And any eye for detail
Caught a little lace along the seams

And you were in the parking lot
Subterranean by your own design
The virtue of your style inscribed
On your contempt for mine
Jesus was a beggar, he was rich in grace
And Solomon kept his head in all his glory
It's just that some steps outside the Boho dance
Have a fascination for me

A camera pans the cocktail hour
Behind a blind of potted palms
And finds a lady in a Paris dress
With runs in her nylons

You read those books where luxury
Comes as a guest to take a slave
Books where artists in noble poverty
Go like virgins to the grave
Don't you get sensitive on me
'Cause I know you're just too proud
You couldn't step outside the Boho dance now
Even if good fortune allowed

Like a priest with a pornographic watch
Looking and longing on the sly
Sure it's stricken from your uniform
But you can't get it out of your eyes

Nothing is capsulized in me
On either side of town
The streets were never really mine
Not mine these glamour gowns
 

 

SONG INFO

Released in april 2007 on the album "A Tribute To Joni Mitchell".


A cover of Joni Mitchell's song from her 1975 album "The Hissing of Summer Lawns".


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ÚM AKKERI

Ég bý við sjóinn
og á nóttunni
þá kafa ég níður
alveg á hafsbotninn
undir allar iður
og sett akkerið mitt út

Hér vill ég vera
Hér á ég heima
 

ABOUT AN ANCHOR

I live by the sea
and during the night
I dive down
all the way to the seabottom
underneath all currents
and set out my anchor

Here I want to be
Here is my home
 

SONG INFO

This Icelandic version of "The Anchor Song" was released on the compilation "Smekkleysa Í Hálfa Öld" in 1994.


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VERANDI

Hafandi eyrað í vasanum
hafandi augun í skónum
ástarbréf í maganum
vönd af kossum í munninum

Kyrr!

Hafandi haf af girnd
hafandi loðna löngun um mjaðmirnar
hafandi sjón sem að sér þegar það er slökkt
og gott bil milli fótanna

Kyrr!
 

BEINGNESS

Having the ear in the pocket
having the eye in the shoe
loveletters in the stomach
bouquet of kisses in the mouth

Calm down!

Having an ocean of desire
having a hairy desire around the hips
having eyes that can see in the dark
and too much space between the legs

Calm down!
 

SONG INFO

A poem written by Didda, later portions of it was turned into a song by Björk, relased online for free download in july 2001.

The song was written before the Dancer in the Dark episode began, and it will be released on the first single, Hidden Place, in August.

The original demo was sent to India to "Bollywood" composer Jolly Mukherjee. Jolly did a string arrangement and recorded the orchestra in Bombay and returned the tapes to Europe where Björk continued to work on the song in London, Iceland and Denmark prior to completing the song in January of this year when long time collaborater Marius de Vries worked with Björk to take the song to completion.


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VíSUR VATNSENDA-RóSU

Augun mín og augun þín
ó þá fögru steina
mitt var þitt og þitt var mitt
þú veist hvað ég meina

Langt er síðan sá ég hann
sannlega fríður var hann
allt sem prýða má einn mann
mest af lýðum bar hann

þig ég trega manna mest
mædda af tára flóði
ó að við hefðum aldrei sést
elsku vinurinn góði
 

SONGS OF ROSE FROM VATNSENDA

My eyes and your eyes
oh those beautiful stones
mine was yours and yours was mine
you know what I mean

Long is since I saw him
truly fair he was
all that may adorn a man
most of the people carried him

You I long for most of all
heavy with the flood of tears
oh that I never had seen you
dear beloved friend
 

SONG INFO

An old traditional Icelandic song, released as a B-side on the "Possibly Maybe" singles in november 1996.


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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

The hunted look, the haunted grace
the empty laugh that you cultivate
you fall into that false embrace
and kiss the air about her face

Who do you think you are?

The très bon mots you almost quote
from your quiver of literary darts
a thousand or so tuneless violins
thrilling your cheap little heart

Who do you think you are?

My cigarette burns right down to the ash
my coffee cup is unstained
the waiter hovers close at hand
his courtesy strained

Who do you think you are?
I close with my regards
well I'm the red-faced gentleman
caught in this picture postcard

Who do you think you are?

Trying my best to make the best of your absence
though the joke gets tired and sordid
sea-shell hearts get trampled underfoot
punchlines unrewarded

But even at this distance
it's not easy to accept
the vision that I chase returns
when I least expect it

I've fallen from your tired embrace
I kiss the air
around the place
that should be
your face
 

 

SONG INFO

A cover of a song from Elvis Costello's "The Juliet Letters" album, performed live by Björk at the Union Chapel in London, UK on the 9th and 11th of december 1999.


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WHO IS IT?

His embrace : a fortress
it fuels me and places
a skeleton of trust
right beneath us
bone by bone
rock by rock

If you ask yourself
patiently
and carefully
who is it?
who is it?

Who is it - that never lets you down?
who is it - that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are
they're going around
and they're handing it over
handing it over
 

 

SONG INFO

Unreleased. Performed live with slightly varying lyrics during the Vespertine tour.


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WHY?

Why is Daddy not here?
are you crying?
why?
does he still love me?
will you take care of me?
if you both love me so
why don't you love each other

Mummy's gone missing
and Daddy's on fire
daddy's on fire
daddy's on fire
 

 

SONG INFO

A cover of a song from Elvis Costello's "The Juliet Letters" album, performed live by Björk at the Union Chapel in London, UK on the 9th and 11th of december 1999.


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YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS

You don't know what love is
until you learned the meaning of the blues
until you loved the love you had to lose
you don't know what love is

You don't know how lips hurt
until you kissed and had to pay the cost
until you've flipped your heart and you have lost
you dont know what love is

Do you know how lost hearts fears
the thought of suffering
and the lips that taste of tears
lose their taste for kissing

You dont know how hearts burn
for love that cannot live yet never dies
until you reached each dawn with sleepless nights
you don't know what love is

How do you know how lost hearts fears
the thought of suffering
and how lips that taste of tears
lose their taste for kissing

You don't know what love is
until you learned the meaning of the blues
until you learned the love you had to lose
you don't know what love is
 

 

SONG INFO

Cover of the song by George Benson, performed live at several of her Gling-Gló concerts back in 1989-1990.


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YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

You only live twice or so it seems
one life for yourself and one for your dreams

You drift through the years and life seems tame
till one dream appears and love is its name

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on
don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone

This dream is for you, so pay the price
make one dream come true, you only live twice

And love is a stranger who'll beckon you on
don't think of the danger or the stranger is gone

This dream is for you, so pay the price
make one dream come true, you only live twice
 

 

SONG INFO

This song was never released!

In 1997, the Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" was scored by David Arnold - known to Björk fans for their haunting collaboration song "Play Dead".

Later on, he also got the project of making a celebration-compilation featuring covers of various James Bond songs - done by artists like Aimee Mann, Leftfield, Iggy Pop, Pulp and Björk.

No official reason was given when Björk suddenly decided to withdraw her contribution - but she later said this about it in a webchat: "I learned the hard way that you should never cover your favorite tunes because they are good already. Cover bad tunes and make them good"

But a couple of promos hit some radio stations before it was fully withdrawn, and a fan got hold of it and spread it as an MP3 online.


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þíN VAR EKKI Að BIðA

(TBA)
 

YOU WOULDN'T WAIT

 

SONG INFO

A song that Björk performed in her band Draumsýn in 1979.