"Organs" as written by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson....
I am sorry this is always how it goes
The wind blows loudest when you've got your eyes closed
But I never changed a single colour that I breathe
So you could have tried to take a closer look at me
I am tired of punching in the wind
I am tired of letting it all in
And I should eat you up and spit you right out
I should not care but I don't know how

So I take off my face
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong
And I pull out my tongue
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong

I am sorry for the trouble, I suppose
My blood runs red but my body feels so cold
I guess I could swim for days in the salty sea
But in the end the waves will discolour me

So I take off my face
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong
And I pull out my tongue
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong

And I cough up my lungs
'Cause they remind me how it all went wrong
But I leave in my heart
'Cause I don't want to stay in the dark

So I take off my face
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong
And I pull out my tongue
'Cause it reminds me how it all went wrong

And I cough up my lungs
'Cause they remind me how it all went wrong
But I leave in my heart
'Cause I don't want to stay in the dark


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"Organs" as written by Ragnar Thorhallsson Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir

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  • +2
    My OpinionThis song exhumes a profound sadness.

    The narrator reflects on how a past relationship (or several, or several instances during one relationship?) goes tragically awry.

    She is tired of trying to change her actions because those changes always prove futile.

    So the only thing that she has left to do is fundamentally rip herself apart. Specifically, the parts that have to do with how she communicates. Because she leaves her heart, for fear that if she gets rid of it, she wouldn't remember her heartache and therefore would risk making the same mistakes again. She doesn't want to be reminded of the pain, but she wants to remember that it existed and that it was dreadful.

    Truly, a powerful piece of music. I am loving this entire album but this song shot almost all the way to the top of all of their songs for me upon my second listening. You can HEAR her pain throughout the entire song. It pulled my heartstrings and made me sad for her.
    ImogenSallyon June 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is so powerful and deeply personal, it tells the story of someone who has been so beat up (mentally and romantically) that they just want to give up, cover themselves up, destroy everything that reminds them of the past and just disappear. But they can't, they don't. Perhaps they're afraid to do so? Maybe they, deep down, enjoy it. Or maybe they don't even know how. But what they think it is, what they hope for, is that someone new comes in and fixes them, makes them whole.
    Here's what I think line by line (I'll also refer to the protagonist as 'she')


    I am sorry this is always how it goes
    The wind blows loudest when you've got your eyes closed
    But I never changed a single color that I breathe
    So you could have tried to take a closer look at me
    This whole verse seems like she's just ended what seems to her to be her final relationship. She apologizes because this has all happened before, and it's all the same. The 'wind' is likely how anyone truly feels. It's most true and noticeable when you step back, close your eyes, and search yourself. She says she hasn't changed a colour she's breathed, that's synonymous with saying they haven't changed anything, and that had the other person maybe taken a closer look, maybe something could've changed and fixed themselves.

    I am tired of punching in the wind
    I am tired of letting it all in
    And I should eat you up
    And spit you right out
    I should not care but I don't know how
    She's tired of trying over and over with no avail, tired of taking punches at this cursed wind of truth and feelings. Tired of taking all the heart in and trying to just move on. She should've tried to be with this person, and knowing it wouldn't work, spit them out instantly instead of hurting and trying to make it work. She shouldn't care about all this terrible past, but, she doesn't know how, she cares, and can't seem to change it.

    So I take off my face
    Because it reminds me how it all went wrong
    And I pull out my tongue
    Because it reminds me how it all went wrong
    She tries to get rid of everything that reminds her of her past, her face, her tongue, because it reminds her of her overwhelmingly failed past.

    I am sorry for the trouble, I suppose
    My blood runs red but my body feels so cold
    I guess I could swim for days in the salty sea
    But in the end the waves will discolor me
    She apologizes once again for the trouble she's made, her body is warm but she doesn't feel a thing, numb to it all. She could swim forever in the ocean of waves, more people to try and be with. But in the end, those waves will wash her away into nothingness.

    So I take off my face
    Because it reminds me how it all went wrong
    And I pull out my tongue
    Because it reminds me how it all went wrong
    And I cough up my lungs
    Because they remind me how it all went wrong
    But I leave in my heart
    Because I don't want to stay in the dark
    Same thing, with the addition of lungs. But she leaves her heart to stay, because her heart still holds a small light, a hope in the great dark, that all mustn't be lost in deafening silence. She stays close to it to not let herself fade to black.
    X2

    Beautiful. I can relate to this so much, I nearly cried listening to it and how much it told a story I've already known. Great job Of Monsters and Men, nailed it.
    Mochemonon June 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song is absolutely beautiful, and instantly became one of my favorites when I first listened to it. I think it's about somebody dealing with an incredible sadness, perhaps the end of a very long relationship, and just wanting to be done with the sadness and be moved on already, but they can't, and this is what happens when somebody is currently in the middle of that level of depression. I think the song itself goes through the 5 stages of grief - the first verse is denial, the second (I am tired of punching in the wind...) is anger, then bargaining with "I am sorry for the trouble," depression with the humming part, and then finally acceptance, with the final chorus. Just my two cents.
    Unanimatedon November 01, 2015   Link

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