"Wanderlust" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir and Sirgurjon Birgir Sigurdsson....
I am leaving this harbor
Giving urban a farewell
Its habitants seem too keen on god
I cannot stomach their rights and wrongs

I have lost my origin
And I don't want to find it again
Whether sailing into nature's laws
And be held by ocean's paws

Wanderlust, relentlessly craving
Wanderlust, peel off the layers
Until we get to the core

Did I imagine it would be like this
Was it something like this I wished for
Or will I want more

Lust for comfort
Suffocates the soul
Relentless restlessness
Liberates me (sets me free)

I feel at home

Whenever the unknown surrounds me
I receive its embrace
Aboard my floating house

Wanderlust, relentlessly craving
Wanderlust, peel off the layers
Until we get to the core

Did I imagine it would be like this
Was it something like this I wished for
Or will I want more

Wanderlust, from island to island
Wanderlust, united in movement
Wonderful, I'm joined with you

Wanderlust, wanderland

Can you spot a pattern

(Relentlessly restless)

Can you spot a pattern
Can you


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"Wanderlust" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir Sirgurjon Birgir Sigurdsson

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    General Commenti love this song so much! mostly i think the song is about thinking for yourself for your own personal pleasure...like a person's the strong desire to experince something new, and being tired of adhering cultural patterns/norms. also i notice (whether or not it was intentional) that there is the play on the wanderlust to wonderless, which could be alluding to a living in a unadmirable world where noone thinks for themselves... as for the pattern, i thinks its about societal norms, that we all are so used to adhering to. btw, the mathew herbert remix is great as well.
    jistyon March 30, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI love this song, especially Ratatat's remix of it...

    I have not listened to a ton of Bjork but it is by far the best song I've heard, or understood its meaning.


    It is about God, life, and existence. You can hear existentialist dialogue in the verses, and Niezche's philosophy of life and embrace of nature..

    Her discomfort results from the God preached and believed in by the masses.

    While she herself denounces God, she embraces life, and the world around us, and the human condition of existence. She finds peace only in her own capacity to assert her own individuality in the face of her environment, in other word's she find's comfort only in Tillich's God Above God.

    She's quite the religious one..
    abe.shaulon December 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBjork claimed herself that the song is about "the state of looking for something and almost knowing you'll never find it". Makes sense. The word "wanderlust" actually refers to someone who has a constant desire to travel or "wander".

    she also added the song makes fun of her lust for something new. lol. typical Bjork ;)
    paganpoetry999on January 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know if the beeping at the end of the song is Morse Code? If any of you know please do tell. Thank you! :D
    Marino123on December 26, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso amazing.
    precipitateon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentp.s. I think the one she sang on snl is slightly different from what the album version will be, maybe because the first few lines are a bit too controversial for that show? anyways, I've found these lyrics on a few sites:


    I am leaving this harbour
    giving urban a farewell
    it's habitants seem to keen on god
    i cannot stomach their rights and wrong
    i have lost my origin
    and i don't want to find it again
    rather sailing into nature's laws
    and be held by ocean's paws

    Wanderlast!
    relentlessly craving wanderlust
    peel off the layers until you get to the core
    did i imaginme it would be like this
    was it something like this i wished for
    or will i want more

    lust for comfort suffocates the soul
    this relentless restleness
    liberates me
    i feel at home whenever
    the uknown surrounds me
    i receve it's embrace
    aboard my floating house

    wanderlust!
    relentlessy craving wanderlust
    peel of the layers until you get to the core
    did i imagine it would be like this
    was it something like this i wished for
    or will i want more


    Wanderlust
    from island to island
    wanderlust
    united in movement
    wonderful
    i enjoy it with you
    wanderlust!

    can you spot a pattern?

    relentlessy restless
    restless relentlessy
    restless relentlessy
    restless relentlessy
    precipitateon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentso great
    dejavulaon April 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah the lyrics are wrong. they must be like what precipitate says..
    mrppoeton April 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti submitted the real lyrics hopefully they will change soon
    dejavulaon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlyrics fixed! I think in a way it is about Björk retiring, but then it a very sexual song
    dejavulaon April 29, 2007   Link

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