"Sonnets/Unrealities XI" as written by E. E. Cummings and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
It may not always be so
And I say and if your lips
Which I have loved should touch another's
And your dear strong fingers clutch her heart
As mine in time not far away

If on another's face your sweet hair lay
In such a silence as I know
Or such great rising words, as uttering overmuch
Stand helplessly before the spirit at bay

If this should be, I say
If this should be you of my heart
Send me a little word
That I may go unto her
And take her hands saying
Accept all happiness from me
Then I shall turn my face
And hear one bird sing terribly
Afar in the lost lands

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"Sonnets/Unrealities XI" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir E. E. Cummings

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    General Commentthis is based on an e.e. cummings poem which is awesome. Kind of sad when you think about it. One is letting go of someone she loves and watches him go to someone else. When I finally figured it out, I started crying because I'm writing a story about that. lol, I'm ok now. :P
    movieliciouson December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUltimate unselfish love, to let the perfect person be someone else's benediction
    _ellieon June 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think one of the more underrated songs...
    i think i will type out the poem for those who don't know it...:
    god gloats upon Her stunning flesh. Upon
    the reachings of Her green body among
    unseene things,things obscene (Whose fingers young

    the caving ages curiously con)

    -but the lunge of Her hunger softly flung
    over the gasping shores
    leaves his smile wan,
    and his blood stopped hears in the frail anon

    the shovings and the lovings of Her tongue.

    god Is The Sea. All terrors of his being
    quake before this its hideous Work most old
    Whose battening gesture prophecies a freeing

    of ghostly chaos
    in this dangerous night
    through moaned space god worships God-

    where chaste stars writhe captured in brightening fright)

    ...hope all the spacing turns out right on this post...
    ecstacyveeon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhich it didnt. but oh well.
    ecstacyveeon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnyone care to explain the song title?
    Thernandoon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe title is Sonnets/Unrealities Xl because the song is actually a poem by EE Cummings from his Sonnets, and this is number 11. Unrealities being things that have not happened, more like things that may happen. A sort of meditation on "what if she leaves me?". A very beautiful poem, and Bjork made it more so by turning it into a song.
    zarathustra gnosison October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe speaker imagines a future in which her lover is with another woman, one in which she would go up to that woman and wish her complete happiness in that relationship. Afterward, the speaker would wander off in sorrow.
    ferrariguy90on August 12, 2010   Link

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