"Tricky Tricky" as written by Svein Berge, Torbjorn Brundtland and Karin Dreijer Andersson....
Six afraid of seven 'cause seven, eight, nine
I'm about to lose it the second time
Staring at the wall hour after hour
Running up and down over and over

It's a tricky, tricky, this little one, two
Well, if it is a lunatic we'll name it after you
Put it in your pocket and pick it up
We're here to entertain, show them what you've got

Six afraid of seven 'cause seven, eight, nine
I'm afraid of losing the pieces I find
If I was created equal is this what I get?
A bunch of stories to interpret

Ready to rock it like rock 'n' roll
You are the flower in glittering gold
Sleeping in the palm, the palm of my hand
They show you who to follow, it looks like a man

Six afraid of seven 'cause seven, eight, nine
I'm about to lose it the second time
Staring at the wall hour after hour
Running up and down over and over

Ready to rock it like rock 'n' roll
You are the flower in glittering gold
Sleeping in the palm, the palm of my hand
They show you who to follow, it looks like a man

It's a tricky, tricky, this little one, two
Well, if it is a lunatic we'll name it after you
Put it in your pocket and pick it up
We're here to entertain, show them what you've got

Ready to rock it like rock 'n' roll
You are the flower in glittering gold
Sleeping in the palm, the palm of my hand
They show you who to follow, it looks like a man
It looks like a man




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"Tricky Tricky" as written by Svein Berge Karin Dreijer Andersson

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    General Commenti think this song is about 21st century gender roles.

    "they show you what to follow, it looks like a man"
    she sees men in control of the world
    "sleeping in the palm, the palm of my hand"
    she sees the women in control of the men

    "staring at the wall, hour after hour", "we're here to entertain, show them what you got", "stories to interpret" etc.
    shes feeling bleak about the complicated situation gender stereotypes of the modern age. she doesn't like the avenues she has to go down to get power in this world. i suppose the "tricky" part is dealing with the way you want to live and the parts of society you can't control.
    neoroyalon June 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHave you guys like never heard that joke before.
    fishquawkon April 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomfg, it's such a schizojam! The fucking soundtrack of my life =D
    I'm pathetic...But this song is the shiet! Oh gotta love the new slag, we eat shit and we LOVE it!
    I love this tune!
    And - vocals are fantastic.
    ah.yes.please.on April 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's: "Is six afraid of seven, 'cause seven ate nine?"

    Makes more sense and it sounds like a fonetic wordplay "eight"/"ate"...
    skttrbrainon April 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe vocals are Karin Dreijer Andersson, check out "The Knife" or "Fever Ray". This sounds very much like the style of The Knife.
    Dynamooon May 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok song. what is it about? gender equality? strippers?
    Katatoniaon May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoyksopp and Karin are the flowers in glittering gold for making this wonderfully tricky song : )
    russeon March 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about preparing for a journey using a portable GPS devise. In the following, I image the narrator, in this case the singer, talking about how crazy she feels plotting out her course.

    Is six afraid of seven, �cause seven eight nine?
    I�m about to lose it a second time
    Staring at the wall, hour after hour
    Running up and down, over and over

    -This just sounds like general 'I'm feeling crazy' stuff.

    Now that she's prepared, she gets into how she feels using the thing, which also drives her a little crazy:
    It�s so tricky tricky, this little one too,
    Well, if it is a lunatic we�ll name it after you.
    Put it in your pocket and pick it up
    We�re here to entertain, show them what you got.

    -I image the 'were here to entertain, show them what you got, may have something to do with the extra features in these GPS devises.


    Six afraid of seven, �cause seven eight nine
    I�m afraid of losing the places I find
    If I was made equal, is this what I get:
    A bunch of stories to interpret?

    -Losing the places I fine: erasing the memory, or forgetting how to find saved routs, or afraid they were not saved correctly?
    -Last two lines: Having difficulty reading the instructions and understanding them?

    The rest of the song pretty much follows the same thought process. 'Sleeping in the palm of my hand', the devise on sleep mode.

    "You are the flower in glittering gold", despite how crazy it makes her it's still a great devise and she is glad to use.
    solbornon March 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment21st century schizo maaaaaan...
    SexyMageon August 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI find this song psychedelic, lunatic and feverish, full of some panic and fears. The singing girl seems very young, in parts also even childish, when she sings "It's a tricky tricky" it sounds like she talking to a baby child, showing some tricks with toys for example, but it seems most of the time she is talking to herself, so it might be that she just talking to herself like to a child, because she still feels naive to this world.
    The key of whole song is I think a Smart Phone which young people use so much and it is their closest object in everyday life: a source of entartainment, news and social activities. Line: "Put it in your pocket and pick it up" seems pretty obvious to me - to pick up a phone, also "You are the flower in glittering gold. Sleeping in the palm, the palm of my hand" seems like talking in metaphore about a phone. And finally a phone which people like to show off to others, "We're here to entertain, show them what you've got"
    But then I return to the first verse and I found it could be related to television, because in the second verse she sings "It's a tricky tricky THIS LITTLE ONE too" related to a phone as I am guessing. She is singing feverishly, like being watching for too long TV channels and then the line: "6 afraid of 7 cause 7-8-9" seems like digits on remote of TV, a naive child can tell that 6 is afraid of 7 because they are not in the same row, so 6 don't want to stand next to 7 :) but the main reason of it is because 7-8-9 must stand in the same line. She is running the channels "up and down" but in fact she is like "staring at the wall" sitting in front of TV.
    I thought about puzzeling line " if it is a lunatic we'll name it after you" and I thought it may be related to popular Smart Phones from Lumia series?
    The most problematic line for me to understand is: "They show you who to follow, it looks like a man" I though about new Android system implemented in Smart Phones at that time, where a small robot was an brand icon and she feels afraid of this, allieneted of non-human figure.
    But of course this song is so intriguing when you wouldn't wonder what the real subject is. Generally I place her in a problematic and chaotic times of today where there are so many different news and information we are confronted with and especially young person cannot handle it. The line: "If I was created equal is this what I get? A bunch of stories to interpret". Also there is sound effect of robotic voice when the second verse has ended, as I understand the second problem after information is technology which surround us, some people may feel alienated loosing contact with other people, having some tech tools to occupie themselves with.
    kangourion February 05, 2016   Link

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