"Slow Life" as written by Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson....
What are they talking about
On the weekends
Lost in the forest of this heart
Is a foreign still

Why are they shaking their heads
We’re stuck in slow life
Is it the beating of the chest
That makes us fear the rest

We’re slowly sailing away
Behind closed eyes
Where not a single ray of light
Can puncture through the night

You caught me in the tide
And I caught you
Sheltered by the night
Red In tooth and red in claw

You saw me In new light
And I saw you
Sheltered by the night
Red in tooth and red In claw

Between the daylight
And the deep sea
Lies a swarm of silhouettes
Floating aimlessly

But I’m a mountain
I am a killer
You’ll get lost and buried deep
If you swim with me

You caught me in the tide
And I caught you
Sheltered by the night
Red in tooth and red in claw

You saw me In new light
And I saw you
Sheltered by the night
Red In tooth and red in claw

So look at you look at me
All because we need to know
So look at me look at you
All because we’ll never know

So look at you look at me
All because we need to know
So look at me look at you
All because we’ll never know


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"Slow Life" as written by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson

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    My Interpretationi believe this song to be about being in a state of depression/mental illness. there's a sort of lostness to the way this song sounds, and i think it goes along well with the lyrics. (this is just my interpretation.)

    "what are they talking about on the weekends?
    lost in the forest of this heart
    is a foreign still"

    nanna wants to know what normal people do and talk about on their free time. she only finds herself lost in depressing, empty thoughts and moping around.

    "why are they shaking their heads?
    we’re stuck in slow life"

    she wants to know why people don't condone her way of living. it's not like she can control the speed of her life.

    "is it the beating of the chest
    that makes us fear the rest?"

    she wonders if the consciousness of being alive and having one life to live out whatever you want to is what keeps her away from mentally healthy people, as they don't think about this stuff.

    "we’re slowly sailing away
    behind closed eyes"

    sleeping is the only escape she can manage. the "we" refers to the community of mentally ill people.

    "where not a single ray of light
    can puncture through the night"

    she doesn't dream. not anymore. no light getting in may sound miserable, but light is life and life is what she doesn't want to think about.

    "you caught me in the tide
    and i caught you"

    the mentally ill community is what helps her go by. knowing she's not alone saves her, and that does the same for other people.

    "sheltered by the night
    red in tooth and red in claw"

    the night keeps nanna sane, because it's some time to be left alone, maybe in sleep or maybe in search of answers. restless nights can leave her "red in tooth and red in claw."

    "you saw me in new light
    and i saw you
    sheltered by the night
    red in tooth and red in claw"

    the mentally ill community recognizes that she's not okay. she's not "just tired." she does the same for others.

    "between the daylight
    and the deep sea
    lies a swarm of silhouettes
    floating aimlessly"

    between too much life and none at all, is where nanna's mind lies. her brain feels clogged with abstract thoughts and wishes for deaths. she may even feel like there are different personas telling her things in her mind, but she can never put a name or a face to the voices.

    "but i’m a mountain
    i am a killer"

    though she appreciates the support, she tells others to back off. she has to fight this fight alone, and she feels like she'll end up losing. her mental state is impossible to get through (mountain), even though she realizes she's only doing this to herself (killer).

    "you’ll get lost and buried deep
    if you swim with me"

    she doesn't want anyone else to fall in the same state of mind she's in.

    "so look at you look at me
    all because we need to know
    so look at me look at you
    all because we’ll never know"

    but she still wants to be there for her mentally ill friends. she realizes the only reason they've built a friendship is because of their quest for joy. they don't only want happiness, they need it. yet she knows she'll never truly get it.
    cryingtimeson September 21, 2015   Link

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