Bjork:
I've seen it all
I have seen the trees
I have seen the willow leaves dancing in the breeze

Thom:
I've seen a man killed by his best friend
And lives that were over before they were spent

Thom and Bjork:
I've seen what I was and I know what I'll be
I've seen it all there is no more to see

Bjork:
You haven't seen elephants, kings or Peru

Thom:
I'm happy to say I had better to do

Bjork:
What about China? Have you seen the Great Wall?

Thom:
All walls are great if the roof doesn't fall
The man you will marry, the home you will share

Bjork:
To be honest, I really don't care
??

Thom:
You've never been to Niagara Falls?

Bjork:
I have seen water
It's water, that's all

Thom:
The Eiffel Tower
And the Empire State

Bjork:
My pulse was as high
On my very first date

Thom:
Your grandson's hand
As he plays with your hair

Bjork:
To be honest, I really don't care

Thom and Bjork:
I've seen it all
I've seen the dark
I've seen the brightness in one little spark
I've seen what I choose and I've seen what I need
And that is enough
To want more would be greed
I've seen what I was and I know what I'll be
I've seen it all there is no more to see

Thom:
You've seen it all and all you have seen
You can always review on your own little screen
The light and the dark the big and the small
Just keep in mind you need no more at all

Thom and Bjork:
You've seen what you were and know what you'll be
You've seen it all there is no more to see


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I've Seen It All (Featuring Bjork) song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentThe album it's on is Selma's Songs (Selma being Bjork's character in Dancer in the Dark). It's also on Bjork Family Tree CD.

    I heard this song before I saw the movie so I kind of thought it was about a person's apathy towards the beauty of life. But after watching the movie (in which Bjork plays a woman who is going blind) I realized it's about finding beauty in simple things and appreciating them fully.

    I've seen it all.
    I've seen the trees.
    I've seen the willow leaves dancing in the breeze.

    That's all she needs to see because she can appreciate it for the beauty that it is.

    btw, the song is not Thom Yorke (feat. Bjork), it's actually the other way around.
    LilyBearon October 04, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHas anyone noticed that in the movie Bjork is using sign language that is the opposite of the words she is saying? I think he character is trying to convince herself that there is nothing left for her to see/do with her life other than help her son. The sign language tells us she DOES care but decides her son's dreams are more important. It's a true spirit of sacrifice.
    divinediscontenton November 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is from a movie, "Dancer in the Dark" about a woman who is a poor, single parent. She is nearly blind due to a disease, and her son will be the same way unless he gets an operation. They live extremely meagerly so she can save enough money for the operation.

    Fantastic movie. It's a dark kind of musical.

    Great movie, songs.
    semmmseyon March 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written for the movie "Dancer in the Dark" in which Bjork played the main character. Thom Yorke wasn't in the movie, Peter Stormare sang it for the movie version. They're arguing because in the movie, Bjork's character is going blind and it trying to convince herself that she's not going to miss anything by not being about to see. I guess Thom Yorke and Bjork decided to do a recording of the song for...whatever album this was on....
    emaneercs8on July 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdancer in the dark is the greatest movie ever. I love this version even more than the movie version, since thom rocks my socks. this song depresses the hell out of me every time i listen to it but i just can't stop....so beautiful. it's about a woman who is trying to justify the fact that she needs to get help to fix her son's eyes instead of her own because he needs to be able to see the world, and in her eyes she is past the point where her sight is necessary.
    squee_4_meon November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFEATURING bjork?

    this is a god damned bjork song.
    kankurouon September 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThom:
    The Eiffel Tower
    And the Empire State

    Bjork:
    What else was a sigh
    and what ails the state

    correction:
    Bjork: My pulse was as high
    on my very first date


    this is such a great song. it's part in the movie is my favorite
    syncopateon December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, you have to see it in the context of the film, really.
    Wallamanageon March 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnow that i know the context i understand this song so much better. and yeah i guess it should really be bjork featuring thom yorke instad of radiohead featuring bjork. what a beautiful song it is
    blyth1972on July 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs others have said, this isn't a Radiohead song as Björk composed it. Thom simply provided vocals.

    It is somewhat akin to film music from the 50s.
    BuzzingFridgeon June 23, 2011   Link

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