"Unravel" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir and Guy Sigsworth....
While you are away
My heart comes undone
Slowly unravels
In a ball of yarn

The devil collects it
With a grin
Our love
In a ball of yarn

He'll never return it
So when you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it
When you come back
We'll have to make new love

While you are away
My heart comes undone
Slowly unravels
In a ball of yarn

The devil collects it
With a grin
Our love, our love,
In a ball of yarn

He'll never return it
When you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it
When you come back
We'll have to make new love

He'll never return it
When you come back
We'll have to make new love


Lyrics submitted by msephton

"Unravel" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir Guy Sigsworth

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  • +4
    General CommentI think the devil line represents problems, situations, and "haters" that some couples have to deal with. Sometimes, you fall victim to those things ( the devil collects it with a grin our love in a ball of yarn) He'll never return it...they accept the mistakes or bad decisions they made with eachother and although thay can't change the past (he'll never return it), they can start fresh (so when you come back we'll have to make new love)

    Another great song..
    Rexallon April 29, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is just a masterpiece. The beat/instruments are fascinating. It sounds like you're in the pit of a gently thumping heart, listening to the the blood coursing through the veins. Morbid, yes...but BEAUTIFUL. The song gives me chills.
    BjorkySpearzeron May 05, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis is an amazingly beautiful and insightful song which is about how you need to constantly renegotiate the terms of how you mediate with each other in love, as you are both also always reconfiguring your individual selves each day. Love is not unconditional - rather it's a fragile thing that can only grow if each partner keeps working and accepts this risk of change, risk and dynamic reconfiguring.
    Loftarasaon December 21, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think that this song means:
    there are two people in love, but when they separate for awhile, the love they feel for each other starts to unravel, dissapear, and they become estranged due to the seperation. This has actually happened to me before. If you love someone, but lose contact with them for awhile, you become weird strangers. So I think the devil is just the force that takes the love, that is where the love dissapears to. And the devil in my case would be, human nature, how you react to someone you used to know but havent seen or spoke to in awhile. It's always awkward. Anyway, that love will never be returned, it's gone, lost to time, so you have to make new love.

    Basically, relationships decay if there is no contact with the partner.
    sunrise in tibeton March 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is about infidelity. When she is neglected, she comes undone, giving her heart to people she doesn't love, she finds it doesn't compare. Amazing song.
    runwiththefoxeson October 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is probably my favorite bjork song of all time. :B
    tonedeafon April 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYadarfyn, when she says "we'll have to make new love," she probably isn't referring to sex. She says the devil collects their love and will never return it. But that doesn't mean she (and they) can't make it again. Defying the devil in the honor of love. See Orange_Morendo's comment, too. Amazing song.
    ozzmoticon August 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy take on this song is that, obviously, it deals with a long distance realtionship. Her (for the sake of Björk writing this) love falls apart while her partner is away. Her love for this person becomes "strands"; strands of which can connect the two over their distance. However, the devil (could perhaps be the devil himself, conflicts, or another lover) steals these strands (mischeviously). He doesn't plan on giving them back- signifying a loss of innocence or something irreplaceable. And this is where my interpretation differs from, I'm sure, many of those around me. When she says "we'll have to make new love" she could mean she wants to be with the partner again, and restrengthen their love. But it could also mean she wants to make "new love" with someone else, telling them both to move on. The strands
    AlecsPenon December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZach sent me this to show what he feels when we are apart
    Ariannaon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably the most romantic lyrics I've heard, though I would never direct them at anyone; they're too special!! BjorkySpearzer, you are totally right with that description.
    Vesper_Teenon May 16, 2004   Link

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