"Silent Shout" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
Never knew this could happen to me
I know now fragility
I know there's people who I haven't told
I know of people who are getting old

Wish I could speak in just one sweep
What you are and what you mean to me
Instead I mumble randomly
You stand by and enlighten me

In a dream I lost my teeth again
Calling me woman and half man
Yes in a dream all my teeth fell out
A cracked smile and a silent shout
A cracked smile and a silent shout

If I explain it once thoroughly
He'll have you later 'cause it's never free
You were at the gigantic spree
I caught a glimpse now it haunts me
I caught a glimpse now it haunts me


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"Silent Shout" as written by Olof Bjorn Dreijer Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

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    General CommentIt seems almost entirely based on the "Black Hole" series of comics. The video is made up to look alot like the comics. They even admitted it in an interview. It inspired me to read the series. It is about a group of teenagers who catch an std that has different effects for everyone, mainly centering on physical disfiguration, which is illustrated in the video. The different verses I am almost positive are the different perspectives of the characters. Also losing your teeth in a dream means loss of ego, which happens to a character in the story. I don't feel the need to further elaborate, just grab the comics and you will understand.
    finker282on October 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have several ideas about this song:

    For one I think its about not being able to tell someone something.
    I also think it might be about hermaphrodite because QuietlyInsane said it was on the Knifes website...

    also the names silent shout might be referring to the type of strike where you refuse to talk, alot of homosexual people do this.

    Love this song, great album.
    ankerxweetokon March 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commentaccording to the website it's about a hemaphrodite (quietlyinsane said this) i think this song is about a sex change surgury that went wrong and now the person is like in a coma or something. if you read the lyrics with this philosophy in mind it all makes sense.
    jewliajon January 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it might be about wanting to tell someone something, but not being able too say it, and geting hurt by yourself by not saying it.
    Living shadowon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout being hurt for not being about to say things properly, with lack of expression and such like. sounds apt to me.

    pretention
    inversechion September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a hermaphrodite. Look on The Knife's web site
    QuietlyInsaneon November 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, what a complicated song. Well, to start...

    I agree that this song is probably about trying to tell someone something important. They can't say it and they know time is passing and they'll have to say it soon, but they can't make the words come out all at once and the way they want them to ("Instead I mumble randomly"). They're so stressed over this they lose sleep and/or have vivid nightmares, but they don't want to talk about what's bothering them to anyone, instead trying and failing to hide how troubled they are with a smile.

    Now here comes the hard part. The last five lines are the most confusing to me.

    Either what they saw at the "gigantic spree" is what's bothering them ("it haunts me") and that's what they want to talk about in the first place, or...They were going to confide in the other person because they've realized they're going to have to pay the price for what they have to say sooner or later ("He'll have you later cause it's never free") but they see something that makes them doubt that the other person can be trusted, and they have no idea what to do.
    Silvertailstoraon December 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSilent Shout is such a dark song, from such a cold, dark, but really beautiful album. I think the song could be about confronting one's own inner fears, she "now knows fragility", before she was unable to speak, only "mumble randomly". But she has a dream and sees her fears, and is ahunted by them for the rest of her life. She cannot escape what she fears most. Although, I also would understand some gender-bending theory ebcause the song does use the octave filter, so it sounds like Karin Dreijer is a man. The song certainly deals with the inability to communicate, she cannot speak, and even the title "Silent Shout" reflects that theme. Congratulatiosn to The Knife on having Silent Shout named the best album of the year by pitchfork. The song is the soundtrak to my nightmares, lol.
    indie-YYYon December 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is great the begining beats anything
    beddyon March 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut of course with all songs by The Knife, there are multiple meanings and varying levels of depth.
    finker282on October 31, 2007   Link

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