"Vertebrae By Vertebrae" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
Up on the toe
There is a view
Up on the toe
And the spine

Straight and erect
Hungry and curious
Up on the toe
Looking forward to

The air is thinner here

She came here
To lose face
Got down on her knees
The beast is back

On four legs
Set her clock to the moon
Raises her spine

Vertebrae by vertebrae
Up on the toe
Looking

I have been filled with steam for months, for years
Same old cloud, claustrophobic me
Let it burst like old train sounds
Make them leave me nature

Vertebrae by vertebrae by vertebrae

My arms squeeze out of my shoulders

And the arms squeeze out of my shoulders
I curl my tail in words
I set my clock on the moon
Vertebrae by vertebrae

Please release this pressure of me
Please release this pressure of me
Please release this pressure of me
Please
Let off some steam


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"Vertebrae by Vertebrae" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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    General CommentI am a firm believer that the best songs are the ones that you don't always like at first. Once I got to listening to this one though, the intensity with which she sings it made me love it.

    It seems to me like an emotional cataclysm leading to the revelations in "pneumonia." I think it's about a woman (possibly autobiographical) who, filled with emotions and turmoil, has gone to a place where she can be alone (to me, it seems to suggest some kind of mountain or cliff) and try to release these feelings which have snowballed inside her and built up like steam in a tea pot. Perhaps the "beast" alluded to is her inner chaos which is trying to get out. "vertebrae by vertebrae" seems to make sense with the song because it frequently refers to standing tall to look forward (perhaps metaphorically, attempting to see how there can be a future with all of these feelings exerting so much pressure on her). Notice how the song has no lyrical or musical resolution in the end. I think that that fact, the rain beginning on track 6, and the similar instrumentation insinuates that this song and pneumonia were meant to be taken as a set. Perhaps pneumonia was meant to be advice for the character in "Vertebrae by Vertebrae." That seems plausible, at least to me.
    Karma policemanon March 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the drama of the music in this.
    precipitateon May 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta werewolf!
    elfrijolon July 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti don't think it could be about pregnancy...
    it sounds too dramatic and kind of scary.
    if bjork were to make a song about pregnancy i would imagine it as peaceful and beautiful and calming : )
    dustybreezeon March 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about releasing built up emotions and reverting back to a wild state. Becoming wild. It could be about how humans try to act as if they are separate from the animal kingdom and the song could be about re-joining with nature and following our natural instincts. Being animals. Letting out our frustration and anger. There is a very primal feel to the album which is why I think this meaning makes sense. "Release this pressure of me" could refer to the pressure humans put on eachother to be seen as civilised. Maybe we need to reconnect with nature and be primal.
    kody269671on August 20, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the drama of the music in this.
    precipitateon May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt reminds me of the music on DR9 for some reason...
    MurdercuteHappyrapeon May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, how that pressure kills the soul!
    There is nothing gentle or sweet
    As the kindled flame
    Swiftly swept by winds unseen
    Buffeted and battered
    As one seeks higher ground.

    The 'please release' is both the most truthful and heartfelt part of the song. There is a tremendous paradox in wishing to be less seen. Can there be another way? Possibly.
    PeaceOfGodon June 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...some sort of transformation. Took a bit for this music to grow on me. It...is...awesome... I think at the beginning its describing her form as human. We're all up-on-the-toe, head-wise. And looking forward too. She's angry (I think) in this song and has been building up steam for a long time and is wanting sooo badly to release it. This song needs more comments, I swear...
    Orange Morendoon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard the song, especially the line "set my clock to the moon", I immediately started thinking about her being pregnant. Thoughts?
    anna77on November 23, 2007   Link

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