"Lasagna" as written by Karin Elizabeth Dreijer Andersson and Olof Bjorn Dreijer....
Charlotta making lasagna
With Mia above the clouds
Charlotta making lasagna
With Mia above the clouds
But you could have waited

You could have locked yourself up
For ten years or so
And when you finally came out
There would still be no chances for you

Charlotta running around with Felicia
Charlotta running around with Felicia
But you could have waited

You could have locked yourself up
For ten years or so
And when you finally came out
There would still be no chances for you

I look for looks and I search for breaths
Sneaking
Thinking about death

I look for looks and I search for breaths
Sneaking
Thinking about death

You did full sky by car
And leaving town for a while
You are a yellow surprise
No distant water is friendly sometimes
But you could have waited

You could have locked yourself up
For ten years or so
And when you finally came out
There would still be no chances for you

But you could have waited (waited)
But you could have waited (waited)

I look for looks and I search for breaths
Sneaking
Thinking about death

I look for looks and I search for breaths
Sneaking
Thinking about death

Waited
Waited
Waited


Lyrics submitted by sha_sha, edited by Mellow_Harsher, casiopt1

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    General CommentThere is a mistake in the lyrics in the chorus; it really goes
    "..and when you finally came out there would still be NEW chances for you"

    This song is a dedication for a person that made a crime and commited suicide.

    The chorus is the singer's critique of the act of the person; the person could have gone to prison [in 10 years or so..] and come out with new chances.

    In verse 3 we learn that the person commited suicide by drowning ["noticing water is friendly sometimes"]. "Yellow surprise" is a reference to the meaning of yellow as the color of cowardness.
    Badoneon October 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've heard about the suicide story elsewhere. When you understand what the song is about then it's heartbreaking.
    Dynamooon November 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKatatonia is right on both counts:
    The song is Lasagna, not Lasagne.
    And, more importantly, it's "Charlotta, making lasagna with me above the clouds"... There's no Mia/bulimia.. This is about her friend Charlotta who died (apparently by suicide) and she is reflecting on memories (making lasagna with me) and her death.
    Skilletteon April 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat comment, Badone. When I heard the song the second times and afterwards contemplated without reading the lyrics, I came to the conclusion that she could get treated for mental illness for ten years instead of taking her own life. Now it makes more sense, thanks!
    Casiotoneon June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is called Lasagna, not Lasagne.

    Charlotta making lasagna
    With me above the clouds

    What does this mean?
    Katatoniaon August 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Charlotta making lasagna
    With me above the clouds"

    I have no idea about the lasagna. Maybe Charlotta was bulimic. (far-fetched)
    But "above the clouds" could mean the singer was oblivious of how bad her friend was feeling.
    Tjinuskion March 31, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the "Above The Clouds" line is a reference to Charlotta being in heaven.
    I definitely got a sense of this song being about someone who had passed away.
    I think this song is beautiful and enigmatic and it deals with death in a sorrowful and very real way.
    PrincessPerfecton April 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationShe might be Bipolar maybe? Like above the clouds would be her in mania, enjoying life with her friends (making lasagna, running around), but then those lows get her and she drowns herself.

    As for new vs no chances, this might just be an ambiguous pronunciation that was intended to be interpreted however you like. If you're hopeful there were chances in the beginning, and when you get out, there are still those chances. But for us with a more stark view of the world, there never were any chances, and there sure as hell won't be when you get out.

    But this is speculation.
    Blakealfredoon July 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else see a possible allusion to Virginia Woolf, given Badone's interpretation that there was a suicide by drowning?
    DJSavvy21on July 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJeez, "pleasedontlaugh"!

    Hmm. I gotta say that one hurt.

    I know, of course, that it's foolish of me, or any other listener of The Knife to take your comment personally. However, there's something about condemning the vacuity of these and other lyrics that makes me feel invalidated; these words and the way they are arranged, are things I enjoy largely due to my taste, but also because I feel myself in them. It is of course self-flattery to say I occupy words written by artists I've never met, but I can at least recognize their cadence, poetic device, and attachment to certain lyrical and musical trends as something that I too would try to express. Some of the worst moments of my life have been times when I've tried to convey my feeling to those who had no patience for my expression. It sucks going to bed knowing that no matter how many times you could rephrase something, your feelings will always lie beyond the threshold of your audience, and you have to give up.

    The cleverness of the Knife, to me, has a great deal to do with eliciting empathy in a way that is natural, but unexpected. The mundane and disarming memories of a lost friend cooking, running, and living are inevitably inter-cut with the desperate, dashed hopes that could have saved them. The "beats" suit the feeling. The chords of the verses come out with a melancholy nostalgia, but as soon as the word "waited" is dropped, a false past is made and the chords try in futility to reach a major progression again. The coda, where the speaker speaks presumably about how she copes with the loss, can't get anywhere major either. She can't turn up satisfying answers, finding only that what is lost is lost, a realization met with a descending cry.

    It's not my will to contrive a false empathy for those who don't find these lyrics meaningful, but you certainly provided my with an excellent chance for reflection, so thanks! Enjoy what you do.
    Skyfinityon April 23, 2013   Link

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