"Communication" as written by Peter Anders Svensson and Nina Persson....
For 27 years I've been trying
To believe and confide in
Different people I found

Some of them got closer than others
And some wouldn't even bother
And then you came around

I didn't really know what to call you
You didn't know me at all
But I was happy to explain

I never really knew how to move you
So I tried to intrude through
The little holes in your veins
And I saw you

But that's not an invitation!
That's all I get
If this is communication
I disconnect
I've seen you, I know you, but I don't know
How to connect
So I disconnect

You always seem to know where to find me
And I'm still here behind you
In the corner of your eye

I'll never really learn how to love you
But I know that I love you
Through the hole in the sky
Where I see you

And that's not an invitation!
That's all I get
If this is communication
I disconnect
I've seen you, I know you
But I don't know
How to connect
So I disconnect

Well, this is an invitation!
It's not a threat
If you want communication
That's what you get
I'm talking and talking
But I don't know

How to connect

And I hold
A record for being patient
With your kind of hesitation

I need you, you want me
But I don't know
How to connect
So I disconnect
I disconnect


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"Communication" as written by Peter Anders Svensson Nina Persson

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    General Commenti think it has to deal with a girl who is looking for her person. some men gave her the time, others didn't... but then she found him. or so she thought. he meant a bunch to her, she wanted to show him that they could be more... but he wouldn't commit. so she waited patiently, she loved him the ways she could. he never asked her though, to be in a relationship... so she just made excuses for him, and got to know him, and her feelings for him grew and grew and she finally told him... but he was not connecting with her. although he kept her around, he still would see her, furthering her love for him... but she couldn't tell him - because he did not reciprocate those feelings. so she quietly loved him. and maybe one day she told him (I'm talking, I'm talking and I hold the record for being patient with your kind of hesitations) and maybe he he said he had hesitations about their relationship. she said - hey i like you, (and invitation) i am here, i want you... but he just wouldn't commit... so she was patient for as long as she could, but couldn't wait any longer - maybe for self preservation - and so she had to say goodbye. she had to disconnect.

    anyways... that's my little interpretation...
    TheAwkwardBirdon July 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about someone with Avoidant Personality Disorder, or some kind of social phobia. She's had this communication problem for 27 years, where she sees even invitations as threats, and she's still disconnecting even though she's found someone who has the patience to help her and be with her.
    hotsoupwomanon October 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentare we in agreement then? it seems obvious to me that this is an expression of the heartache caused by an online affair/romance... I adore The Cardigans. this is a great song (among many) and the meaning, to me, was worth speaking :)
    greatgigintheskyon September 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about two people in love but one can't get through to the other because he/she doesnt let her/him get close enough.
    And after so many tries to get a person to open up and communicate you just give up and disconnect. This song really expresses my feelings towards some people in my life....
    Calenladon September 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about "GOD"/the truth.

    I need you, you want me
    But I don't know
    How to connect
    So I disconnect

    "She doesn't know how to connect with god, so she disconnects."


    I didn't really know what to call you
    You didn't know me at all
    But I was happy to explain


    Sounds like she is looking for herself. And doesn't know anything for sure anymore.
    PhilosophyMindon June 13, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's kinda obvious what this song is for about. and it really captures what the people who aren't people-people feel. (if you can get that.)
    dannyboyownsyouallon March 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just think its about hesitancy, fair'n'square...
    2 ppl love each other, tho they dont know it, or maybe they do but fear to go into the open with it.
    i love this song because it reminds me how my own big mistake happened, and i think this is how the girl i had in mind think about it now. At least thats what i hope... noone knows :)
    Maizenaon September 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is not about a online romance, it's simply about two people not being able to communicate though they love each other and though he (?) is the one who got closest to her (?) . And that's why Nina says she disconnects her attempts.
    Simple as that.
    miamariaon August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this is about The Cardigans breaking up after "Gran Turismo."

    "[I]t became 'something a bit unnatural' to be 25 years old and spend 24 hours a day with four people of the opposite sex that she neither was related to or was romantically involved with. She moved to the U.S. and made a solo-career."

    --source:cardigans.com/
    Looking_glass_eyeson May 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was the first track on "Long Gone Before Daylight," which was the first album in five years since "Gran Turismo." This fact really convinces me even more that this song is indeed about the band breaking up. But it's probably mixed with other things too.
    Looking_glass_eyeson May 21, 2007   Link

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