Her skin is like velvet
Her face cut from stone
Her eyes when she's smiling
Will never reach home
But hear how she sings

Her touch would be tender
Her lips would be warm
But when we're together
I'm always alone
But hear how she sings
But hear how she sings
Hear how she sings

Her skin is like velvet
So I went to her home
Her place like a palace
With things you can't own
Her skin is like velvet
And hear how she sings
Hear how she sings


Lyrics submitted by Idan

Velvet Lyrics as written by LAUREN SAVOY, MAGNE FURUHOLMEN, MORTEN HARKET, PAL WAAKTAAR

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    I don't think it's cynical, but rather a sort of lament for this girl who is so emotionally closed off that the singer knows he'll never actually reach her. There is a dreamy sort of quality to the song which, to me, furthers the impression that he's almost enchanted by this woman and can't make himself just walk away even if he knows it's a lost cause.

    She's so distant that their relationship will never be anything beyond merely physical. I'm sure the women more or less molesting the band's corpses in the video while the sparkly confetti flies would have a thing or two to say about that, even if the (dead) guys smirking at the camera kind of suggests that the singer walked into it with open eyes. Seems to me like it's a case of mutual addiction to whatever form of affection they can find in/for each other.

    limarion May 10, 2009   Link
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    My Opinion

    I am pretty sure this song is about an artist, or a band, from another country coming to America to sell their music and reach the world through it. The sense of missing home, feeling artificial and foreigner and seeing in the USA all the power, the richess, the charming lights that lure so many immigrantes, that sort of things that you - who comes from abroad - feel you cannot quite understand, value and own, because you actually dont belong there. But you still wanna be a success, as A-Ha did, so you go there, work hard, get to be displayed as a merchandise, and eventually are used abused and disposed as dead when the big bosses and the media cannot sell you with enough profits anymore. There is nobody to blame, its business, but its cruel and as cold as ice.

    joedzon January 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is so beautiful. It's one of the sweetest i've ever heard! My boyfriend sang this to me and i was like swoon....

    poinsettiainpoisonon December 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Very nice. Its got that kind of "special" feeling.

    outsid3ron May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    anyone saw the video? very cruel and cynic. she killed Morten with the phon while he's in the water. the lyrics are ironic, she doesn't seem to care about him, she's very beautiful and cold and "So I went to her home Her place like a palace With things you can't own", means he knows he will never own her ... but "hear how she sing!!!!!" ironic....

    seira70on December 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Erm, this ain't a love song. It is a nasty song: her skin may be velvet but she sure is twofaced. Eyes that never reach home. Lives in a palace with things you can't own and most crucially when we are together, I am always alone.

    i wouldnt normally go by what the video depicts btw. songs and vids dont necessarily correspond (though the vid is close to the song). still, i definitely go with this being a cynical song. misinterpreted like people thinking Police's Every Breath You Take is a lovely love song.

    maqsimillionon July 24, 2008   Link
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    Beautiful cover of the Savoy song. I dont believe that the song is cynical per se, merely about a girl that has no romantic feelings at all towards the guy, a user and well he knows it, but her voice captivates him anyway and he cant help himself. As for the video, that gives it a nice angle. (How the US didnt appriciiate a-ha at time, according to the director..note how the girl wears the us flag)

    nonemoreblackon August 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song makes me so happy inside, but then I wonder about the lyrics.

    What does "Her eyes when she's smiling Will never reach home" mean?

    white_stone_3on September 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Anorexia. Definitely.

    elisemariayon April 03, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    This is definitely not a correct interpretation of the song, but I like to think of it as a song about a daughter who is growing up and becoming more distant.

    jjsharoon January 25, 2023   Link

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