"Army of Me" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Graham Vernon Massey, Tyler Lee Bates and Marius De Vries....
Stand up
You've got to manage
I won't sympathize

And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me

You're alright
There's nothing wrong
Self sufficiency please!
And get to work

And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me

You're on your own now
We won't save you
Your rescue squad
Is too exhausted

And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You'll meet an army of me

Lyrics submitted by dank

"Army Of Me" as written by Graham Vernon Massey Bjork Gudmundsdotter

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  • +5
    MemoryWhen I first heard this song and especially after watching the music video, I couldn't help but not to be affected by it - going back a few years I went through a downward spiral of self harm and depression, eventually I managed to let go of most of my self-destructive qualities but much of the depression and loathing remained, leaving me metaphorically dead to my surroundings, sort of in a deep sleep - however someone close to me, continued to try to awaken me from this, which initially stung like hell (somewhat similar to the lyrics) and eventually leaving me with something I couldn't ignore - cold hard truth.

    Added to say - the bomb in the video clip has the word 'Smiths' printed on the face of the clock - reminded me of The Smiths and the line 'if it's not love, then it's the bomb that will bring us together' probably unrelated but, eh maybe.

    Peace & grease
    PARADOXICATIONon June 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentShe's telling someone to stop being so damn lazy.
    Rikoon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +3

    See for yourself, follow this link (bjork.com/facts/lyrics/)
    or read here:

    According to bjork.com

    Army of Me


    "It's probably the most realistic way of expressing what situation I'm in - all these people trying to take things away from me, and the gorilla finding a diamond that I don't know I have and then stealing it. 'Army of Me' is so much about me actually learning that I have to defend myself. I have to stand up and fight the fucking gorilla. Once I've got the diamond and I run away with it, it becomes massive 'cos it's mine. But if the gorilla had kept it, it would have gone really tiny. That's surrealism for me."

    I can totally relate to this song, I can be shy and timid so you get to a certain point where you have to defend yourself- like at my job, family, etc...at least thats how I interpret it. sorry if I spoiled for you all...
    GrungyBeatleon August 26, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFor some reason I think both the literal and ironic interpretations of this song are right. One the one hand it's saying that if you want to overcome an obstacle, just sitting there complaining will be no help - you have to put the effort in and be proactive to succeed. Yet at the same time, given Björk's history as an anarchist activist and critic of oppressive states, it could be read as a sarcastic attack on those who demand obedience while offering no support to those under their authority.
    stygimolochon November 27, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"if you complain once more.....your alright.......there is nothing wrong..."
    This makes me smile.
    We create our own problems.
    There is a solution to every problem.
    in2sighton June 27, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love "self sufficience please" and "your rescue squad is too exhausted" i think we all know someone who we can relate this song to ... and for that, thank you bjork. i dedicate this song to an old friend of mine, who would truly gain from this song, if she could understand it, and then actually her newfound knowledge to her life. i tried to help her over and over again, but she wouldn't help herself.
    chaos04on June 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBjork:"It's actually written to a relative of mine who had been a bit out of order for a while. I'm not sure why I wrote it. Maybe I felt that Debut had been such a polite, shy album - there was a side of me that was so shy and such a beginner, I was very flattered when everyone loved Debut but also a bit confused because it wasn't really me. Maybe 'Army Of Me' was an attempt to balance it out."
    black milkon April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsorry about the repeat comments. i dont know how to get rid of one of them.
    Johnathanon May 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuit complaining and get on with your life, lest you invoke the speaker's wrath.
    ferrariguy90on August 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthis song actually reminds me with Marvel's Loki
    lullaby88on October 13, 2012   Link

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