"It's In Our Hands" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
Look no further
Look no further
Look no further

Cruelest
Almost
Always to ourselves
It mustn't
Get any better
Off

It's in our hands
It always was
It's in our hands
In our hands
It's all there
In our hands
It's all there
In our hands

Well,
Now aren't we scaring ourselves
Unnecessarily?
Aren't we trying too hard?

'Cause it's in our hands
It's in our hands
It's all here
It's in our hands

Look no further
Look no further

It's in our hands
It always was
It's in our hands
It's in our hands
It's in our hands
It's in our hands


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"Its in Our Hands" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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  • +3
    General CommentOkay, so I don't think that we can too much jump straight to too many specifics here.

    Any old crust punk kids here? Anarcho peace punk kids? Well. DIY philosophy folks!!! This song is a little sign Bjork is holding up in her own special loud and proud way. It's like saying, "Well, hello. . ."

    Bjork is an old time punk herself. Hell, she even recorded on Crass' record label back in the day, right? Touring with them and bands like Dirt? She was in a band called KUKL and she squatted in Berlin back in da day.

    So, anyway. The punks. . .it's the anticonsumerist lifestyle. Not diggin' the establishment much. DIY ethic fits in right along there. Good ol' Wikipedia:

    """The DIY ethic refers to the ethic of self-sufficiency through completing tasks oneself, as opposed to having others who are more experienced or able complete them on one's behalf. Literally meaning "do it yourself," it promotes the idea that an ordinary person can learn to do more than just what he or she may have thought was possible. Naturally, a DIY attitude requires that the adherent attain as well as retain the knowledge required to complete a given task. Without this, DIY is an ineffective dogma. The term can refer to "doing" anything at all, including home improvements and repairs, first aid, or even creative endeavors.

    Central to the ethic is the empowerment of individuals and communities, encouraging the employment of alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles to achieving their objectives.

    Rather than belittling or showing disdain for knowledge or expertise, DIY champions the average individual seeking knowledge and expertise for him/herself. Instead of using the services of others who have expertise, a DIY-oriented person would seek out the knowledge for him/herself."""


    And Bjork says all this awesome shit in a way that is very beautiful and gets straight at the heart. Love her. . .


    <3 gooday.
    miKmakon April 28, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI know to each person the lyrics will resonate differently and mean different things, but I listen to this song (besides almost ever day because I love it) especially when nothing is working out in life, and I'm stuck in a rut, and everyone is mean, and nothing goes my way, and I'm struggling against the current, but it only pulls me in faster... so this song is always my breath of fresh air, the voice that tells me to relax, take a step back, stop fighting and realize that if I struggle a little less, everything is already there, in my hands, I just have to clear my view from all the hindrances, and things will get back to normal. So this song, to me, brings the equilibrium in life back. And like Heimdall mentioned, 'Undo' has a similar vibe, except 'It's in our hands' is more of a "Don't worry, be happy" :)

    Sorry for the UBER long run-on sentence haha I don't rule out the possibility of this song being about consumerism, or global warming, or God and such, but I've noticed that Bjork often writes just about life and its wonders, feelings, new experiences, and how to embrace them.
    classicfanon May 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentperhaps this song is about finding yourself and not looking elsewhere for help. finding the reason.. perhaps you should look no further than you, just dive a little deeper.

    but i would actually like to know what this song is about, it's one of my favourites
    svefnpokion December 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about global warming, human effect on nature. About our responsability to nature, the destruction of the world is in our hands.
    somalandon January 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that it's not purely about global warming, but I disagree with the idea that it's not about the world and nature. Sure there is this suggestion of "just stop gazing elsewhere, everything needed is here, in our hands, and it was there all the time". But, the video completes this message. As in Undo, it's about leaving things as they are, let life and nature do their work, and stop interfering with it. We have already broken the balance in the world, and it's in our hands to restore it, however, we mustn't push it, let's just leave life and nature find a way, because they always do.
    Heimdallon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"cruelest, almost always, to ourselves"

    this might be my favourite bjork song. it's just beautiful, start to finish.
    predicateon March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho is crueler to man then man, except lawyers?

    Who is stronger for unity?

    bjork.com/unity. Could there be a stronger sign?
    PeaceOfGodon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess it COULD be about global warming... Not how I'd view it though. Look no further. Don't look for anyone or anything that's making you feel what you're feeling. We're the cruelest to ourselves; its in our hands whether we make ourselves happy or miserable. Scaring ourselves unecessarily. Stressin' ourselves out and lashing out at eachother, I'm guessing. Something like that.
    Orange Morendoon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is about the fact (?) that there is no God and every responsibility is ours.
    I think Björk doesn't believe in God, I heard her singing Deus (live, 1988. USA, Alabama, Auburn) on Youtube with the lyrics changed to "God does not exist". (Deus means God in latin anyway, but it is more explicit this way)
    Yes, it does continue with "but if he does..." but I don't think somebody who belives in God would sing "God does not exist".
    On bjorish.net there is quote from het about religion:
    "I'm very religious, yes. But I have my own religion. In Iceland it doesn't makes sense two people be in the same religion. It's like have the same fingerprint."
    centralvenouscatheteron October 07, 2010   Link

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