"5 Years" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
You think you're denying me of something
Well I've got plenty
You're the one who's missing out
But you won't notice

'Til after five years
If you'll live that long
You'll wake up
All loveless

I dare you
To take me on
I dare you
To show me your palms

I'm so bored with cowards
That say they want
Then they can't handle

You can't handle love
You can't handle love
You just can't handle

I dare you
To take me on
I dare you
To show me your palms

What's so scary
Not a threat in sight
You just can't handle
You can't handle love

You can't handle love, baby
You can't handle love
It's obvious
You can't handle

I dare you
To take me on
I dare you
To show me your palms

I'm so bored of cowards
That say they want
Then they can't handle

You can't handle love, baby
You can't handle love
It's obvious
You can't handle

I dare you, I dare you
I dare you, I dare you


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"5 Years" as written by Bj�rk Gudmundsdottir

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  • +3
    General CommentPer the palm reference: When someone suspects a child of taking something, a child will often outstretch his arms and open his hands to show that he has nothing grasped wihin his palms. Bjork may be implying just that...he (immature much like a child when it comes to love) now has nothing (no love, etc).
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon August 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song. Bjork is talking to a former lover who, after 5 years, decided he wants to be with her..but she's not having it. Bjork wanted this guy to be straight up with her, but he was acting as if he was afraid of love (for guys, i.e., commitment) and she's letting him know what a coward and fool he is. He said he wanted love, but he proved otherwise.
    Rexallon April 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is basically saying, you broke up with me, but it's your loss; you can't love, maybe the guy's a commitment phobe. So he'll be the one regretting it when he ends up lonely in five years. He "just can't handle love", and she's "bored with cowards" who can't...relates to a lot of cowardly men who can't commit emotionally.
    missmeon January 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe meaning of this song is pretty obvious...the primal beat is pretty damn awesome here though!
    cloudson April 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is explosive! I love how it builds! I love the passion in her voice and the anger and then how she'll come down and speak gently to show she's fine. There are no tears. She's almost laughing with her words but not. I love this song. I love how she says, "I have plenty." Powerful. Love this song.
    shesopaqueon April 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have always understood the line: "You can't handle love" as no-one can handle love. If you want love, you have to fight for it - if you don't fight for it, you're a coward. She dares him to fight for their love but he is a coward.
    PaulineVHSon October 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how generally angry this song is; very different for Bjork.

    The first time I listened to this song, I laughed out loud during the part when she sings "if you live that long".
    Cam-winon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAhhh, the end of this song is bliss, when she goes "I da~re you" four times, and then the screeching vibrato strings. It's like everything I ever wanted sex and wine to be!
    boboonon March 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter a breakup, the speaker taunts her former lover that he's unable to "handle" love and that in the end he'll be the unhappy one.
    ferrariguy90on August 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent thought! I understood the general message of this song, but couldn't precisely decipher that "show me your palms" lyric. Your interpretation is the most insightful I've read, and most likely what Bjork intended. Especially how she repeatedly barrages him with that same demand, "I DARE YOU! I DARE YOU-oo-OO-oo-OOOO!!! To show me your palms!" It's as if he keeps refusing because he knows he has nothing to show for the time; he knows and she knows, and she wants him to admit it.
    Kharyzmatiqqon October 10, 2011   Link

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