"Earth Intruders" as written by Timothy Mosley, Nate Hills and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
We are the earth intruders
We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches

Turmoil, carnage

Here come the earth intruders
We are the paratroopers
Stampede of sharpshooters
Come straight from voodoo

With our feet thumping
With our feet marching
Grinding skeptics into the soil

Shower of goodness
Coming to end the doubt pouring over
Shower of goodness coming to end

We are the earth intruders
We are the sharp shooters
Flock of parashooters
Necessary voodoo

I have guided my bones
Through some voltage
And loved them still
And loved them too

Metallic carnage
Ferocity
Feel the speed

We are the earth intruders
We are the sharp shooters
Flock of parashooters
Necessary voodoo

There is turmoil out there
Carnage, rambling

What is to do but dig
Dig bones out of earth
Mudgraves, timber
Morbid trenches

Here come the earth intruders
Stampede of resistance
We are the canoneers
Necessary voodoo

And the beast
With many heads
And arms rolling
Steamroller

We are the earth intruders
We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches

Forgive this tribe

We are the earth intruders
We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches

We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches
We are the earth intruders

We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches
Marching

We are the earth intruders
Muddy with twigs and branches
Marching

March
March
March


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"Earth Intruders" as written by Floyd Nathaniel Hills Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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    General CommentI wasn't sure what to think of this song at first- while it has a KILLER beat and awesome vocals, the message of the song was a bit unclear.

    After a bit of consideration I think I've figured out an interpretation that seems to fit it best.
    I believe that the "Earth Intruders" she speaks of are us humans, killing the Earth we live on and causing destruction and turmoil to the plants and animals.
    "Digging bones out of the ground" and "Necessary voodoo" were two lines that had me thinking for a while but I think that digging bones out of the ground is a way to describe us destroying the Earth in an attempt to find such things as fossils and fossil fuels; necessary voodoo is causing destruction and death in an attempt to tame the wilderness and/or cause war as a means to get what we want from places that we shouldn't.

    And the line, "Forgive this tribe" seems to be a desperate attempt of one person who cares to apologize for the acts of the rest of their kind.

    Personally I don't see how religion and whatnot can be tied into this, it doesn't seem to go that way at all.
    ViviBlackmyston July 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fantastically and wholly Bjork. She's gone full- circle. It's message is built on Debut's Human Behaviour. It's got the color and exuberance of Post. It has the epic sweep of Homogenic, particularly the part where she's screaming 'morbid trenches.' It's as complex and layered and puzzlingly endearing as Medulla. The only album whose influence is absent on this song is, of course, Vespertine. In the short interview Bjork gave on a recent podcast, she mentioned wanting to create some thing very different from Vespertine, more 'dirty' and 'pagan.'

    Now for what I think it means:

    Bjork seems to be flitting from perspective to perspective, which really isn't too unusual for her (Think Pagan Poetry ['i love him/ she loves him] and Isobel [my name Isobel married to my self/ my love Isobel living by herself]. She starts the song off by declaring she is one of the Earth Intruders by using 'we' and then describes the group as some thing she is not a part of by saying 'THE Earth Intruders.
    They are 'marching' like an army. They made a successful attempt to conquer nature.
    'Grinding the skeptics into the soil' has to do with people imposing their beliefs on others. This lyric shows how harsh, callous, and ruthless these intruders really are. Bjork is not all too keen on organized religion. She once stated she was an atheist until she discovered nature, and nature certainly is a very important theme in her music. Knowing this, plus the fact that she has explicitly called this album 'pagan', it seems very clear to me that this song is about how people and their belief systems came to dominate the earth. They are 'intruders' because they are not part of the world's natural order and are unwelcome. She uses words like 'carnage' and 'turmoil' to illustrate the damage they have done and to show that she is opposed to them. But, as I said before, her perspective jumps.
    'forgive this tribe' is a very interesting line. She is once again associating herself with the Earth Intruders. Perhaps she is admitting that she is human and therefore part of the group that seized the planet. She’s saying that maybe they’re not completely evil. Should nature give them a second chance? Can they live in harmony one day?
    If any one has any thoughts on 'I have guided my bones through some voltage /And love them still/And love them too,' I'd love to hear them.

    On a final note, I think that it's amazing that she has managed to make a song dealing with such a big concept so fun and compulsively listenable. But that's Bjork for you ;-)
    anopeon April 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentimperialism? mercantilism? colonization?

    ...but im a social studies teacher. so maybe its just me.
    ohpioneeron January 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI believe this song is about divine beings interfering with free will to speed up the conscious evolution. They are recruiting human souls to become enlighten and be the new soldiers of love and justice. The divine beings are no longer just watching. They are now actively taking as many of us as they can to help us through for the upcoming conscious shift. It's a necessary Voodoo
    macrisorton October 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS IS INSANE. I love it. She is incapable of dissapointing.
    precipitateon April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentP.S. I hear this leak is just the radio-cut and that the actually release is over a minute longer so you might have to edit this come may.
    precipitateon April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about humans uniting as one species, one tribe, returning almost to our primitive states, and just setting the world straight


    ...back to the happy way natural way the world was before empires and organized religion fcked everything up
    lilmerboyon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe did an interview with xfm and talked about this song, but lilmerboy got it right.
    she seems to be venturing back to the more extroverted music, as a change from vespertine and medulla. love that she's attacking negativity with positivity with this song, and from what i hear, the whole new album too. can't wait for volta :)
    citizeninsaneon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually, I don't necessarily understand the lyrics as an all-positive outlook on humanity. Already the song title gives suggests that to me. And turmoil and carnage probably aren't something many of us want.

    The song also mentions muddy graves, morbid trenches and "grinding the skeptics into the soil". Plus there is the line "Forgive this tribe" which, at least the way I understand it, refers to the human race. The high-energy beat is also kind of aggressive.

    Anyway, this is a great song, and if the rest of Volta is even anywhere near as good, it may well be the best album coming out this year.
    shadowmatteron April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't really think the lyrics make sense. The title suggests that humans are intruding and destroying the earth - and most of the lyrics suggest that too. But then these negativ intrudes seems to do good things like 'shower goodness' and grind sceptics into the soil?!?!?!?
    lboogyon April 10, 2007   Link

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