"We Share Our Mother's Health" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
We came down from the north
Blue hands and a torch
Red wine and food for free
A possibility
We share our mothers' health
It is what we've been dealt
What's in it for me
Fine
Then I'll agree

Trees there will be
Apples, fruits maybe
You know what I fear
The end is always near

You say you like it
You say you need it
When you don't
Looking better
Shining brighter
Than you do


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"We Share Our Mother's Health" as written by Olof Bjorn Dreijer Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is clearly about the conflict between the enviromentalism and consumptionism, the female voice represents the first while the male voice represents the second.

    We came down from the north
    Blue hands and a torch
    Red wine and food for free
    A possibility
    We share our mothers' health
    It is what we've been dealt
    What's in it for me?
    Fine
    Then I'll agree

    Trees there will be
    Apples, fruits maybe
    You know what I fear
    The end is always near

    The utopia here is man couping with the nature, a simple life our ancestors led thousands of years ago. When food had to be grown, and the life was short, and unsure. This passage is song by a woman's voice because women are more intune with the nature than men can ever be (figure yourselves why is that).

    Say you like it
    Say you need it
    When you don't
    Looking better
    Shining brighter
    Than you do

    The part that is being sung by a man, cuts in suddenly, and is louder than the woman's voice. It clearly represents the ideas that are almost fundamental in our western culture: consumption ("say you need and want it when you don't") the constant improvement that makes our science, and the strife to become the best (being famous is a clear symbol of that, shining better than others, even when in fact, you're not better than an ordinary joe).

    Now the mens voice overpowers the female voice, that can be read as the dominance of men in the western culture, which pushed the woman back, at the same time pushed nature away. We made it submit to human needs, we produce more than we need, we have doctors and medicine so our lifes have greatly improved.

    But is everthing ok? the title of this song seems to hint that there is a price we pay for all of this. And that we have hurt the planet and ourselves in the process, thus "We share our Mothers Health"
    sbtoon September 10, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHmmm, i find the given explenations very good...

    My own interpretation before reading these was that is symbolizes how humanity lost its respect for mother earth with poluting it and destroying the nature.

    We share our mothers health would mean we share the health of the planet we live on.

    But i think the things stated above me here are more logical or maybe these should be integrated in one.
    teqfreakon January 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about selling your belives, opinions and culture for what you think will be a better life. But the morale is that you we're better of before. You shouldn't try to sell your soul to the devil, be happy with what you have been born into... You could link it to when cristianity made it's first apperance in Sweden.

    "We came down from the north
    Blue hands and a torch"

    From Sweden/Scandinavia, norse/viking. Cold and dark winters.

    "Red wine and food for free
    A possibility"

    Applying that you could get it, if you only did...

    "We share our mothers' health
    It is what we've been dealt"

    We're born into poverty, riches, culture etc. We share the same faith as our parents.

    "What's in it for me?
    Fine
    Then I'll agree"

    I'll do what you want as long as I get a better life myself. I don't want to be as my parents...

    "Say you like it
    Say you need it
    When you don't"

    You're stuck with the deal you made, and your new master is controling you. But you're having regrets.

    "Looking better
    Shining brighter
    Than you do"

    I'm better than you/My life is better than yours
    bugoffon March 12, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about Swedish socialism.

    Red wine and food for free.
    flyphoenixxon April 28, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is about their mother dying, they are brother and sister and wrote it just after her death.
    jacs5on September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's mainly about the artist's homeland Sweden ["we came down from the north"].

    "we share our mother's health" is refering to the welfare legacy of the country which they also question in the song.
    Badoneon October 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh yea, and the male vocals challenge the female verses.

    "Say you like it
    Say you need it
    When you don't
    Looking better
    Shining brighter
    Than you do "

    Rather condescending - almost oppressing.

    Political power is usually in the hands of men.
    anaisconceon January 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust a thought on "We share our mother's health"-

    Every child is born with passive immunity. That is, antibodies from the mother are passed to the unborn baby through the placenta. Also, breast milk contains antibodies. That immunity decreases trough time, but that is why We share our mother's health!...

    I just thought it was a neat chorus, never imagined the sociocultural implications of such lyrics,'couse I thought there was none! ;)

    wingedoneon November 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow I always misheard the "Trees there will be" line, as "Please stay with me".

    I mean this song is great nonetheless, but I realize for The Knife you really need to look into the lyrics.
    kaweenuhon September 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is obviously about consumerism or more so, over consumerism with ties to the late eighth to early eleventh century Scandinavian explorers/warriors who raided and colonized wide areas of Europe. These particular lyrics are relevant today when keeping in mind the definition of consumerism (the equation of personal happiness with consumption and the purchase of material possessions) that is the standard form modern happiness. maybe
    mikemilleringon October 01, 2009   Link

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