"Winning a Battle, Losing the War" as written by Eirik Glambek Boe and Erlend Otre Oeye....
Even though I'll never need her,
even though she's only giving me pain,
I'll be on my knees to feed her,
spend a day to make her smile again
Even though I'll never need her,
even though she's only giving me pain
As the world is soft around her,
leaving me with nothing to disdain.

Even though I'm not her minder,
even though she doesn't want me around,
I am on my feet to find her,
to make sure that she is safe and sound.
Even though I'm not her minder,
even though she doesn't want me around,
I am on my feet to find her,
to make sure that she is safe from harm.

The sun sets on the war,
the day breaks and everything is new...


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    My InterpretationPersonally, I think the female character is somebody with Alzheimer's or something the like. She is in a nursing home (hence "the world is soft around her") and technically not the responsibility of the main character, but she still means enough to him to go visit and care for her (she may be his mother, for instance).
    It also explains the last line: "the day breaks and everything is new", which is literally the case for people with severe Alzheimer's disease.
    luqonon December 02, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song might be about a teenage daughter. "Even though shes only causing me pain, Ill be on my feet to find her." and later "Ill be on my knees to feed her"
    Teenagers seem to think they don't need their parents but they do.
    I interpret this song as being a parent singing about their teenage child whom does not think they need their parents but the parent goes after them and reals them in anyhow.
    -AWB
    andrewwb7on July 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song, almost the best one on the album. it always leaves me quiet and lost in thoughts when i listen to it...
    *Lady_Elvenhair*on August 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably the most deep song written by the Kings of Convenience ... the other songs have a great beat , but they dont really mean any thing to me ...Im not sure exactly what this song is about but it is beautifuly written and sung.
    bretta1234on June 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKings of Convenience are soooo AWESOME!!!!
    HELLOIMJVOon June 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my break-up a little, especially the "even though she doesn't want me around" line. It's hard to truly grasp the magnitude of someone not wanting to see you after such a wonderful experience. It's hard imagining spending so many great months with someone and then the next day they don't even want to you to call them or think of them.

    Great lyricism, some of the best.
    stopthebombon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti have a friend who traveled with a girl in a crowded bus for an hour just to make sure she gets home ''safe and sound''. i guess the song deals with this kind of worry and love in general. love the song,BTW.
    greatpretenderon February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about caring for someone even though you are not their lover. It's about friendship and being there for someone when they needs you even though you know they don't want you around. It's about unrequited love and sacrifice even if it brings you pain.
    suclid003on February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti wrote something like this, aLOT like this. not identical but u can tell its the same feeling and then a year later i heard this and i had a musical orgasm i swear it was amazing. i've loved the song becuase he says the same thing as i did but with different words. its nice to know you're not the only one feeling shit u know?
    radioledjangoon May 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou know the feeling of a little tear popping out from the corner of the eye?
    ceelaron July 15, 2006   Link

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