"The Modern Things" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir and Graham Vernon Massey....
All the modern things
Like cars and such
Have always existed
They've just been waiting in a mountain
For the right moment
Listening to the irritating noises
Of dinosaurs and people
Dabbling outside

Kahi
Engin fylgist alveg
Kahiiiiiii
Sólin sekkur
Kahi
Engin sér við mér

Það er sól thegar

Andar inn í mér
Hann bítur mig
Hann bítur mig
Já, hann kemur með
Fylgir eftir mér
Telur með
Siglir eftir mér

All the modern things
Have always existed
They've just been waiting
To come out
And multiply
And take over
It's their turn now

Kahi
Engin fylgist alveg
Kahiiiiiii
Sólin sekkur
Kahi
Engin sér við mér


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"The Modern Things" as written by Graham Vernon Massey Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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  • +2
    General CommentHere's the rough translation of the Icelandic bits from alwaysontherun.net :)

    (Enginn fylgist alveg)
    Nobody really follows
    (Sólin sekkur)
    The sun sets
    (Enginn sér við mér)
    Nobody gets the better of me

    (Það er sól þegar hann)
    There's a sun when he
    (Andar inn í mig)
    Breathes into me
    (Hann bítur mig)
    He bites me
    (Hann bítur mig)
    He bites me
    (Já, hann kemur með)
    Yes, he comes along
    (Fylgir eftir mér)
    Follows me
    (Telur mig)
    Counts me??
    (Siglir eftir mér)
    Sails behind me

    (Enginn sér þegar hann...)
    Nobody sees when he...

    (Kemur með...)
    Comes along...
    Scarletteon July 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a great song and i think bjork said it was about how all the modern conviejnces and things we have today are not that terrible,that they have always been their waiting to be invented.she has alot of the same to say bout new technology.
    i realy that idea that all the morden things have just been waiting in somebodys head and that they have their humaness and purpose.
    kaatrienon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, and it is only comon knowledge, that once produced, technology will not go away. a lot of people are afraid of it, but i think every life form evolves in similar ways, as we have for some purpose unknown to us. but it was unavoidable to become so technilogical...
    chaos04on June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how these lyrics match Hyper-Ballad's to make Bjork seem like she's a goddess who unintentionally comforts mankind with technology while she's only trying to comfort herself.
    buddha boyon February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are a lot of lines of Icelandic in this song but I haven't seen any of them transcribed...
    scrimshawon October 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthank you so much for the translation
    i adore this song!
    crow_hearton November 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's very eerie when you think of what happened to the dinosaurs and of global warming :-s

    But this is a lovely full of life song.
    tigersroamfreeon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the elemental sound to it as well. Like all the cars and technologies are breaking out of the mountain.
    tigersroamfreeon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the dinosaur sounds :)

    But yeah, technology evolves in the same way life evolves. And of course, life evolves in the same way the original elements evolved. That is, simple -> complex. DNA is really marvelous and it connects us all on this blue earth.
    Ekranoplanon June 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe speaker comically proposes that all modern technology has been hiding out in the mountains waiting to take us over the world (as some people paranoiacally believe).
    ferrariguy90on August 11, 2010   Link

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