"Hope" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir and Timothy Z. Mosley....
Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind
Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind
Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind

What's the lesser of two evils?
If a suicide bomber
Made to look pregnant
Manages to kill her target, or not

What's the lesser of two evils?

What's the lesser of two evils
If she kills them
Or dies in vain?

Nature has fixed no limits on our hopes

Oh, what's the lesser of, of two evils?

What's the lesser of two evils
If the bomb was fake
Or if it was real?

Here's my version of it, eternal whirlwind
I have fostered since childhood

Well, I don't care
Love is all
I dare to drown
To be proven wrong


Lyrics submitted by mrppoet

"Hope" as written by Timothy Z. Mosley Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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    General Commentcould it be about nature disasters?
    i'm not so sure


    Björk is back with guitars again in this song

    reminds me of "So Broken"


    this woman will never loose her grace!
    crow_hearton May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentor abortion? i'm not sure either............. an incredible song!
    ikefoxon May 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentliterally, I think it means:

    A suicide bomber succeeds by disguising herself as pregnant, her stomach was fake and she got it done. Is that evil?

    Or what if out of fear instead of making sure if she was pregnant or not, troops or others killed her to make sure. she died in vain. isn't that evil too? and sh-t like has happened before and continue to.


    What's the lesser of two evils? They're both wrong in a sense,
    lilmerboyon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I wrote down this text. It was the news report that shocked me. Strange wars we are experiencing these days. No borders exist; who is against and who is for. How could this woman play with a life like that?"

    It's a pretty straightforward song for Bjork, I feel. Gorgeous though.
    maffyon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is unbelievably understated in its execution, and yet its intensity of imagery is mind-blowing. In it, Björk discards entirely with this mentality of equivocation: "Is it worse for this person to kill this person, or that person to kill that person? Did he start it, or did she start it?" She forces her audience to address atrocity for what it truly is—a denial and a rejection of our universal and unequivocal humanity. When you deny a person's right to hope for a better future, she seems to intimate, you've left them with no choice but to try and create a world in which such hope can again exist, and you've placed yourself between the individual and their ability to conceive of a life of contentment. Violence of ideology begets physical violence, and over time, violence on all levels becomes entrenched within a culture. The only way to break this cycle is to allow for hope in a better future to take root and flourish.
    sumeragi_sluton December 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell said sumeraqi, very well said.
    dustybreezeon March 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe speaker rhetorically asks her audience to determine the lesser of two evils in the death of a possibly (not) pregnant female suicide bomber. These questions lead them to consider the emotions of the scenario.
    ferrariguy90on August 13, 2010   Link

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