"Ágætis Byrjun" as written by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm and Agust Aevar Gunnarsson....
Bjartar vonir rætast
Er við göngum bæinn
Brosum og hlæjum glaðir

Vinátta og þreyta mætast
Höldum upp á daginn
Og fögnum tveggja ára bið

Fjarlægur draumur fæðist

Borðum og drekkum saddir
Og borgum fyrir okkur
Með því sem við eigum í dag

Setjumst niður spenntir
Hlustum á sjálfa okkur slá
Í takt við tónlistina

Það virðist engin hlusta

Þetta er allt öðruvísi
Við lifðum í öðrum heimi
Þar sem við vorum aldrei ósýnileg

Nokkrum dögum síðar
Við tölum saman á ný
En hljóðið var ekki gott

Við vorum sammála um það
Sammála um flesta hluti
Við munum gera betur næst

Þetta er ágætis byrjun

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"Ágætis Byrjun" as written by Georg Holm Agust Aevar Gunnarsson

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    General CommentI thought Ágætis Byrjun translated into 'An alright start'?
    IdiotequeDanceon June 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBright hopes come true
    As we walk the town
    Smile and laugh happy

    Meet friends and fatigue
    Celebrate the day
    And boast a two-year waiting

    Distant dream came true

    Eat drink and be satisfied
    And cities for us
    With what we have today

    Sit down excited
    Listen to yourselves beat us
    In tune with music

    It seems no one listening

    This is totally different
    We lived in another world
    Since we were never (?)

    A few days later
    We talk together again
    But the sound was not good

    We agree that
    Agree on most things
    We'll do better next time

    This is a good beginning

    Google Translate, sorry if it's not 100% correct.

    Absolutely beautiful. Sigur Ros changed my life.
    noiamnotwhereibelongon December 24, 2010   Link
  • 0

    A Pretty Good Beginning

    Bright Hopes Come True
    As We Walk Downtown
    Smiling And Laughing Happily
    Friendship And Exhaustion Collide
    We Celebrate The Day
    A Two Year Wait
    A Distant Dream Is Born
    We Eat And Drink Til We’re Full
    And Pay For Ourselves
    With Everything We Have For The Day
    We Sit Down Excited
    Listen To Ourselves Play In Rhythm To The Music
    No One Seems To Listen
    This Is Completely Different
    We Lived In Another World
    Where We Were Never Invisible
    A Few Days Later
    We Speak Again
    But The Sound Wasn’t Good
    We Were All In Agreement
    In Agreement About Most Things
    We’ll Do Better Next Time
    This Is A Pretty Good Beginning
    shuton December 04, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI first heard Sigur Ros on the Vanilla Sky Soundtrack and fell in love with them. Their sound is awesome...it's something that anyone who loves music can appreciate, even if they can't understand the words. LOL
    therealjulieton May 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely the unsung hero of this album. I love this song, and I think that it's one of their ultimate bests.
    pheineon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's what they have on their site.
    LonesomeTravelleron April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen you translate from another language, the words can be translated to many different things. yes, on the site they say an alright start, but it doesn't make a pretty good beginning any less true.
    glowemberon May 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttaking from the site : the first song sigur rós recorded for the ágætis byrjun album was (shock!) ágætis byrjun. when they finished the song, they played it to their friend who really liked it and said it was an "alright start" (= ágætis byrjun), so they named the album after that.
    rocketqueenzon December 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy friend Loren has a tattoo of this on her back. not the whole thing, just the title. I really love what it means.
    radiobreakdownon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think you need to understand the lyrics or what's sung. It's the same principle as Hopelandish. Icelandic is such an obscure language as well that the majority of listeners won't understand it. I speak a bit of Icelandic but not well enough to listen to the songs so to the average listener, Icelandic may as well be Hopelandish. It's about stripping back and letting the sound speak for itself. Sigur Ros posess the unique gift of being able to express far more without words than most bands can with them!
    mozza_fanon September 16, 2005   Link

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