"Play Dead" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir, John Joseph Wardle and David George Arnold....
Darling, stop confusing me,
With your wishful thinking.
Hopeful embraces,
Don't you understand?
I have to go through this,
I belong to here where no-one cares,
And no-one loves.
No light, no air to live in,
A place called hate,
The city of fear.

I play dead,
It stops the hurting.
I play dead,
And the hurting stops.

It's sometimes just like sleeping,
Curling up inside my private tortures.
I nestle into pain,
Hug suffering,
Caress every ache

I play dead, it stops the hurting.
I play dead, it stops the hurting.
I play dead, it stops the hurting.


Lyrics submitted by AgathaKavka

"Play Dead" as written by Ville Hermanni Valo Ville Valo

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +1
    General Commenti think this song talks about..
    how shes pushing people away..
    how she doesnt wants their company..
    and the whole deal with it..is that..
    u push away..what u dont wanna hurt..probably the things u care the most..and before they leave u..u just leave them 1st..as in for u not to get hurt by them..
    when she says she plays dead..its when she plays the whole i dont care card..the thing is..she cares too much..
    humanly possibly..shes scared of the hurting..of the pain..yet she embraces it..cuz it makes the whole process easier..on her..
    its a real contradiction cuz when bjork wrote this one..she wasnt goin through any disturbing phase..actually she was happy ..but..she needed to do a song..that would put the tag to the character of the movie ..
    isobelon April 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is sad. Its about being in a feeling the worst pain and pretending to be dead so it can go away.
    TappiTikkarrasson November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDarling, stop confusing me,
    with your wishful thinking.
    Hopeful embraces,
    Don't you understand?
    I have to go through this,

    seems to me like it's about a girl whose lover wants all this stuff to happen like maybe getting married and she knows it will never happen and it just hurts her more to think about it so she just wants all the pain to go away by playing dead. pretty sad because it's so true sometimes. sometimes your lover means well in the beginning and they just end up lieing to you and leaving you, and you knew it would happen all along.
    KirstenDanielleon March 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song may be about when you block out your emotions and pretend you are somewhere or someone else...then for a while...short while u forget about the "hurting"...anymore ideas? i could be wrong.....
    i also think that this song is writen for to someone as an explanation
    petrol_addicton September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with petrol_addict, except I think Bjork's character in the song is trying to fool everyone but herself, but ends up believing that she should be "playing dead". She focuses so much on the pain that she forgets everything else.
    HatredInTechnicoloron April 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song could be about trying to involve yourself in a relationship with a person who is very ambiguous. they're hot, then cold. on, then off. so confused and befuddled, she just has to stop sometimes. lay down and play dead, in a sense.
    sparkthesunoffon May 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll your comments are true but it's not a personal... it was commisioned for a movie. she said that she was actually quite happy when she wrote because she just finished Debut. and she was glad to write a song from another persons perspective.
    ElectricDylanon June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with what isobel was saying. the character is afraid of loving agaiin. she thinks it will be easier to not love at all than to love and be hurt.
    citizeninsaneon June 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it´s about a person who loves someone that can´t love because it only hurts her/him. She need forget him because it's impossible continue living with this. It's a survive question. She feels completly desperate with the situation, and the only way to finish it is not be live, play dead.
    josecotroon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy opinion on this song, is that the person has lost someone dear to them, and are holding in the pain, because then it does not hurt. Maybe though, it's like other people have said because she/he can't love someone back.
    ultimatemusicon February 11, 2005   Link

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