"Dry and Dusty" as written by and Karin Dreijer Andersson....
Never leave me
Walk close beside me
Your hand my hand
Fits so easy

No tomorrow
Let us stop here
We did some great things
Didn't we?

Dry and dusty
I am a capsule of energy
You speak softly
We are capsules of energy

Work as I've been told
In return I get money
Small feet in the hall
And I long for every moment


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"Dry and Dusty" as written by Karin Dreijer Andersson

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  • +4
    My InterpretationKarin doesn't write transparent, vapid lyrics. Her songwriting seems intended to confuse and confront as much as describe. This song fits the bill, and with such a wonderfully reflective mood.

    This song seems to be, on it's surface, about two lovers who've faced hard times. The voice represents one of those lovers and seems to be addressed to the other, describing the longing the one has for the other and feelings of pride he or she has for their history together, despite the hardship. My favorite line from the song, "Work as I've been told // In return I get money // Soft feet in the hall // And I long for every moment" can be applied to this interpretation, as well, as it could represent the nature of the hardship the couple has endured to survive along with the longing for a life without that "work."

    At the same time, I feel this song is meant to be a call to society to slow down it's current momentum, and change it's trajectory. How many of us, after all, long to be with our families, listening to "soft feet in the hall" rather than doing what we're told to get money? Indeed, as we truly are "capsules of energy", why are we subjecting ourselves to lives which leave us "dry and dusty"? I prefer this more subversive interpretation, personally, since it fits with Karin's known confrontational, sociological, and thought-provoking artistic style.

    (the whole album is b*d*ss, btw.)
    glennfriesenon August 29, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationWork as I've been told
    In return I get money
    Soft feet in the hall
    And I long for every moment

    In my mind, this song as a whole is about lovers who both feel as one on a very deep, yet basic level. This song describes what they have, what could be or could not be, and also the hopes and dangers of their future together that only time will tell. This is not a beginning or an end, it's continuity. I feel that this song is special because so many other songs about "love" are so superficial and evanescent in meaning. I believe that this song goes much deeper than that. It may even suggest the immortality of such love. I'm already impressed with Fever Ray... so much that The Knife's intermission doesn't bother me so much anymore.
    pattersonon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about the brevity of life. 'I am a capsule of energy' meaning we're just short bursts of life. I heard that a lot of this album was inspired by her experiences as a mother and i would imagine that by creating life and falling so completely in love with it as most people say they do, she's realised how short her own is and 'longs for every moment' with baby. I guess it can be interpreted many ways but that's what i feel when i listen to it. KARIN RULES!
    SilverSBelieveron November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe first 4 lines are really sweet
    juliafuckon January 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear 'small feet in the hall', though I'm not sure about these 'feet'
    tomekpeon February 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I first listened to this album I was shocked by how naked and personal the lyrics were. The Knife write extremely obscure songs, lyrically and musically. But Karin's side project is a lot more personal. The lyrics are from inside, and sometimes they seem so personal that I feel like maybe she shouldn't have said that. It feels like she's confessing everything in her head to you. But this album is spectacular, this song in particular is magical. I love Fever Ray.
    zoolahon March 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTwo people settling for each other. Codependency. Stuck in their jobs. Stuck with each other. Time capsules, b/c they haven't chaged. Not living, really. Just stuck and comfortable, learning to enjoy it.
    nanobodyon August 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoops, "changed".
    nanobodyon August 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKurt Vonnegut once described the human being as a process that starts as a baby and adds on sections, or capsules, growing like a centepede outside of space and time, until you get old and die, and each moment we experince is a "capsule" in this time-larvae.

    When you view the human being as this process you begin to wonder if you ever had any control over the action you took in your life in the first place.
    c0intelpr0on October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes a lot more sense if taken in reverse, much like All Along the Watch Tower.
    discosocon January 29, 2013   Link

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