"A Dark Design" as written by and Johan Haslund Wohlert Silas Utke Graae Joergensen....
Opens up her blouse to the cool night
With no shaking of time
Because she has in mind
A dark design
Now I'm a so-called cube
Speaking out, she said to me

She said:
Hi. I'm twice coloured
Wait till you see how their in love
With my sickness
There is no more time for the weaklings
With an unfamiliar smile
A self-destructive mind of dark design
We may just live through life
Watching it from sweet repose
Cut up with knives that slice open
I'm professional now

Everly, everly I
Can you not look at me through sides?
Everly, everly I
Did you not summon up their kite?

Opens up her face
To the delight of their red piercing beaks
It didn't hurt this time
My dark design
They leave her left behind
Slits into her all convinced
That she's their favourite way
Practicing
But getting worse

So high
I'm twice coloured
Wait till you see
I made a truce with the blackness dyer
I know colours wait for you
I feel so car-sick and alone


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"A Dark Design" as written by Johan Haslund Wohlert Bo Rune Madsen

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    General CommentInterpretations here are good in their own ways, but my personal interpretation is that this song is a narrative about the narrator's journey with this girl. I think he absolutely despises her, as she uses other people (or perhaps just men) for her own gain or pleasure. But then the narrator decides to get his revenge on her... but then realises that he has just become just like her. I'll explain using the lyrics:

    "Hi, I'm twice coloured."

    I think this imagery involves imagining people's personalities as colours. Good virtues and morals are white, jealous individuals are red, and black is the colour of evil or hate. There is a reference to this in the last verse: "Hi, I'm twice coloured. I made a truce with the blackness dyer." - Dying yourself black; becoming evil. So she is twice coloured - appears to be the colour of white, but her soul is really black.

    "Wait 'til you see,
    They're in love with my sickness."

    Perhaps she is sick in the head, or just crazy, but she has this twisted pleasure out of how she can manipulate men. I think this girl is just twisted and ill, and the rest of this verse is a mixture of her thoughts and the narrator's commentary:

    "There is no more time for the weaklings with an unfamiliar smile." - girl (referencing to how she throws away those who she doesn't know or care about.)
    "A self destructive mind of dark design." - narrator talking about the girl.
    "We may just live through life, watching it from sweet repose cut out with knives." - girl. I think this is further description of how sick she is, and that she mutilates herself out of this sickness and the narrator despises her for it.

    And I think suddenly in the song there is a shift. The narrator begins talking about his plan to take away the power she has over people and learn a lesson:

    "Opens up her face
    To the delight of their red piercing beaks.
    It didn't hurt this time.
    MY dark design."

    I capitalised "MY" because I think the narrator is saying how he has turned all the men/people against her... his dark design.

    "Slits into her, all convinced
    That she's (still) their favourite way."

    She then begins to self harm to make herself feel better as she is delusional, refusing to believe that these people have turned against her. She still hopes she's their favourite person.

    I think the next verse is a realisation of the narrator; he realises he has become just as sick and twisted as the girl he despises.

    "So, hi. I'M twice coloured.
    Wait 'til you see - I made a truce with the blackness dyer."

    I think that is the narrator saying this, admitting that he now knows his soul is black, and he thinks he is now the evil one.

    "I feel so carsick and alone."

    And he is repulsed with himself.

    That's my opinion. I've spent a lot of time thinking about it and thought I needed to write my interpretation somewhere. :P
    Splisheeon January 02, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI thought "twice coloured" meant something like being two faced, and uncontrollable. The whole song to me brings to mind a picture of a someone who is easily loved, yet wrongs many people. Someone who does anything they want and gets away with it. Anyways, I thought the song is Jonas condemning that, and saying they'll get what they deserve at some point. Could be wrong.
    skatcat84on July 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought 'twice coloured' meant she was twice as scary and twice as evil as everyone else, has done twice as many bad deeds. It seems like she has a very arrogant/proud, been-there-done-that sort of attitude, although it's precisely those actions that ended her up in such a frightening situation (or perhaps state of mind?).
    FrengerLovelyon March 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about a child either being unwillingly subjected to prostitution. At first, she didn't understand, but now she is beginning to think it is normal: "a self-destructive mind"/"Opens up her kite to the delight of their red piercing beaks, it didn't hurt this time"/"I'm professional now"

    The "Hi, I'm twice coloured" part means that she leads something of a double life. Most people who know her don't know what she goes through, maybe even her family doesn't know.

    And even though she is growing accustomed to her life of "dark design," she still doesn't feel right about it and she knows in her heart that it's wrong: "I feel so car sick and alone."

    I know my interpretation is very depressing, but that's what I get out of the song. It certainly has a very nightmarish quality to it, and all in all it's really beautiful.
    MCRgeeekon January 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about a child being unwillingly subjected to prostitution. At first, she didn't understand, but now she is beginning to think it is normal: "a self-destructive mind"/"Opens up her kite to the delight of their red piercing beaks, it didn't hurt this time"/"I'm professional now"

    The "Hi, I'm twice coloured" part means that she leads something of a double life. Most people who know her don't know what she goes through, maybe even her family doesn't know.

    And even though she is growing accustomed to her life of "dark design," she still doesn't feel right about it and she knows in her heart that it's wrong: "I feel so car sick and alone."

    I know my interpretation is very depressing, but that's what I get out of the song. It certainly has a very nightmarish quality to it, and all in all it's really beautiful.
    MCRgeeekon January 17, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI don't mean to speak the obvious, but this song is very dark. It scares me a bit.

    What does it mean when she says "Hi, I'm twice coloured?" Is it referring to the her scars and bloody cuts [dark designs] on her body?
    ComfortingSoundson January 13, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOops, sorry about the double post.
    MCRgeeekon January 17, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think this song is about self-mutilation in a non-emotional way.
    Hermavoraon March 30, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThe new version of Mica seems to refer back to this song. Don't know if anyone noticed.

    Not to wallow in self-pityingly pathetic dreams
    You know what I mean
    Enchanted by a dark design

    Perhaps it's a link?
    diamondmindon April 24, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's "Evenly" and not "Everly"...
    Saraivaon January 24, 2013   Link

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