"Who Is It?" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
His embrace a fortress
It fuels me and places
A skeleton of trust
Right beneath us
Bone by bone
Stone by stone

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 goin' around
Now they're handin' it over
They're handin' it over, handin' it over

Who is it
That never lets you down
Who is it
That gave you back your crown
And the ornaments are
They're goin' around
Now they're handin' it over
Handin' it over

He demands a closeness
We all have earned a lightness
Carry my joy on the left
Carry my pain on my right

If you ask yourself now
Patiently and carefully
Who is it

Who is it
That never lets you down
Who is it
That gave you back your crown
The ornaments are
They're goin' around
And they're handin' it over
Handin' it over, handin'

Who is it
That never lets you down
Who is it
That gave you back your crown
The ornaments are
They're goin' around
And they're handin' it over
Handin' it over


Lyrics submitted by bjorkellina

"Who Is It (Carry My Joy on the Left, Carry My Pain on the Right)" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Who Is It? song meanings
Add your thoughts

32 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentThis song has always been inspirational to me because I want to live up to be the sort of man she speaks of in this song.

    I believe this song is a dedication to inspirational people.

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

    She starts off talking about someone that builds a strong structure. A foundation. Someone that gives you support.

    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
    Now there handing it over
    They're handing it over
    Handing it over

    All this is Bjork asking you to think about who inspired you. Who do you turn to to pick up, keep you going. I believe all of Medulla had a theme of connected-ness. We are all linked. And humans must be close to one another to achieve peace. Your inspirational muse of a friend is the strongest link you can have. They give you a crown that makes you feel like you can rule the world. Just to feel that way. And then you hand it over to the next person and inspire someone yourself.

    He demands
    A closeness
    We all have earned
    Our lightness

    Keep close to your muse whatever and whomever that may be. You can achieve your own enlightenment.


    So carry my joy on the left
    Carry my pain on the right

    Balance: Yin-Yang


    I love you Bjork, thank you for your words.
    Mangusuon June 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think the song is about god and who he/she/it is. Its questionign our creator and why he made us.

    Who is it
    That never lets you down?

    because it's always there. I dont beleive in god as a he, she, or it who wants us to worship him, i beleive it is someone who doesent mind if we dont beleive. i doubt any real creator would make a law "thou shalt not worship any god but me.", i doubt our creator is that fucking selfish, to em, that is THE most selfish of all the ten commandments.
    Mivikudagson April 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about realizing, who loves you and who don’t. It’s about taking a look around you and focus on the ones that really mean something to you.
    maitininon June 03, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgod isn't it's own entity, it's everything and nothing.

    to me god is in nature and yourself, you're a reflection of each other.

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

    this sounds to me like she is talking about earth which is also god.

    "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
    now they're handing it over
    they're handing it over
    handing it over"

    nature never lets you down because its not a conscious being like humans that have emotions and ego tied to us which is i believe is original sin. it doesn't think, it acts.

    we started as pure creatures until we bit the apple of knowledge and we lost what's important. through nature. you can find that light and regain your crown again. it's funny that kings and queens wear crowns as a vain physical representation of spirituality. crowns are your halo/crown chakra that can radiate once truly one with yourself(god).

    as for the "ornaments", i have no idea. i thought she was saying the elements. the only guess i can think of is when we gain our crown(ornaments) we can share that light/love with others, handing over our crown.

    "He demands a closeness
    we all have earned a lightness
    carry my joy on the left
    carry my pain on the right"

    god is not only around us but in us.
    in some aspect in life's lessons we've gone through, we seen god(not physically)and let in the light. it's not only makes us look outwards in life but inwards.
    god is like the taijitu, you have the yin and yang. you wouldn't know happiness without grief. it's two parts to a whole.

    that's what i believe the song is singing to me.
    ithinksthisnthaton April 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think i figured it out. who is it? the earth, it fits with the lyrics. the following part..

    >>and the ornaments are
    they're going around
    now -- they're handing it over
    handing it over (x4) >>

    orbiting moons and planets.

    gaia is our fortress, something we all share, something that unites us. but we're all given this crown, and a crown implies responsibility--we all share responsibility for our life system that we came from.

    there's a skeleton of trust, right beneath us. we have to overcome this as a species...
    qwepoion July 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningIthinksthisnthat, Gwepoi amd particularly Mangusu got close to the true meaning of the song, in my opinion.
    I watched an interview in which she talked about this song almost as a conversation between Pinocchio and the Talking Cricket. The Talking Cricket is that conscience in you which tells you to behave yourself, Pinocchio is the very human part of you which makes you live making a lot of mistakes. So "who is it?" is as if she were asking "how am I gonna get this right?". I think the answer is "carry my joy on the left, carry my pain on the right", as Mangusu said, yin-yang.

    P.S.: guys, inform yourself before saying this is about god... Björk has claimed herself atheist and pagan (religious towards Nature).
    Undefined90on April 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me, the actual meaning of the lyrics is rather irrelevant. i think it's an amazing song particularly because it never fails to make me inexplicably and exceedingly happy. just listening to "who is it" makes me want to get up and laugh and dance.
    sumeragi_sluton February 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe demands a closeness
    We all have earned a lightness
    So carry my joy on the left
    Carry my pain on the right

    The difference between these actual lyrics and the posted lyrics is essential to it's meaning. "I" don't solely carry my joy and pain, it is shared with that person or community of persons and therefore the heavy burden of pain is lessoned - we have EARNED a lightness through opening up to being close with another.
    kepon March 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe bells do not appear in the album version of the song mainly because the concept of the album is based (with very few exceptions) entirely around the human voice, and bells would contradict this concept. They would detract from the soundscape.
    rav4guyon August 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe music video for this song is so odd. Very surreal (as if anything by bjork wouldn't be) Her voice on this track is just amazing. I still can't think of any person out on the popular music scene these days that has the ability to just blast through the high notes she hits and just leave her own signature on each one. That coupled with the almost gutteral sound she gets sometimes, Bjrok is something special indeed.
    WarpWhistleeon October 22, 2004   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain