"It's Not Up To You" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
I wake up
And the day feels broken
I tilt my head
I'm trying to get an angle

'Cause the evening
I've always longed for
It could still happen

How do I master
The perfect day
Six glasses of water
Seven phone calls

If you leave it alone
It might just happen
Anyway

It's not up to you
Oh, it never really was
It's not up to you
Oh, it never really was
It's not up to you
Well, it never really was
It's not up to you

If you wake up
And the day feels a-broken
Just lean into the crack
And it will tremble ever so nicely
Notice
How it sparkles
Down there

I can decide what I give
But it's not up to me
What I get given

Unthinkable surprises
About to happen
But what they are

It's not up to you
Well, it never really was
It's not up to you
Oh, it never really was
It's not up to you
Oh, it never really was
It's not up to you
It's not up to you
It's not up to you
It's not up to you
It's not up to you

There is too much
Clinging
To peak
There is too much
Pressure


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"It's Not Up to You" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is just about going with the flow.
    Rikoon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"How do I master/ the perfect day"
    I love that line.
    But to go off topic (kind of). Why would I want to master the perfect day. What makes life intereting to live is the combination of good and bad days, the suspense!
    buddha boyon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust gorgeous and so inspiring. I have trouble giving up control. I must control everything or in my mind everything will fall apart. This song booms what i already know and makes me want to be better.
    shesopaqueon April 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo matter how hard you try, you can't make the perfect day happen; you have to let it happen on its own.
    ferrariguy90on August 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can decide What I give
    But it's not up to me What I get given

    this is a good realization (which she probly made before also) but its good to think of when people are mean to you, and you could so easily be vengeful back but you just take the higher road.
    regardemylasheskgmon September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe choir sort of reminds me of the wind.
    pumkinhedon January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics are explanatory enough. Björk uses such a lovely and easy philosophy for her lyrics!
    zitoon May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just love how this song is so simple and poignant at the same time... "I can decide what i give/ But it's not up to me what I get given" ...so true... love that line.
    postmodernon March 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, the beauty of destiny in action. Our best aims often thwarted and the lingering sadness these things throw off.

    It's reassuring to tell yourself you are not in charge. It's a sanity check.

    It's also a contradiction with "It's in our hands". Or maybe not. Individually, we may be weak, together, we are stronger.
    PeaceOfGodon June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am reminded of preparations for a big event, like marriage or a family reunion. The song's reference to phonecalls and drinking water remind me of the stress that comes with contacting guests.

    The narrator is with her lover while getting out of bed to answer a phonecall.
    sheela_lon December 23, 2007   Link

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