"Pleasure Is All Mine" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
The pleasure is all mine
To get to be the generous one
Is the strongest stance

The pleasure is all mine
To finally let go and evenly
Be flown

Who gives most
Who gives most
Who gives most

The pleasure is all mine
Women like us
We strengthen most host-like

When in doubt, give
When in doubt, give
When in doubt, give

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"Pleasure Is All Mine" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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    General Commentthe "man gasping" as some are saying here, is actually Inuit throat singing... by tanya tagaq, a women...lol. you should look up some videos of throat singing. it's amazing! i think it was originally invented as a game of some kind by Inuit women. but it makes great music too :)

    and it fits in perfectly to me in this album, because the practice is so...basic...i love it...this album gets down to the core of music. to it's roots. to the roots of humanity...using the oldest instruments on earth, the voice. which makes perfect sense, seeing how the album is called Medulla...being the innermost part of an organ or animal.

    this album is amaaazzzingly put together. bjork did a wonderful job. and i think this song is the perfect opening to it. so beautiful, the way the voices unfold in the song, it's like a flower opening up... or like water flowing, it's so pure and crisp...
    RatsInHatson September 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"when in doubt, give"
    one of her best lines. love it.
    precipitateon August 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it may just be a philosophy on relationships in general. While a giver also receives happiness from giving, it also makes them stronger because it creates a dependency from the other person to the giver. And giving could be in any way, not just sexual giving or physical gift-giving. At any rate, it's a beautifully made song, with powerful layering of sounds and chords.
    Karma policemanon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is better for the speaker to give than to receive in her sexual relationship, because even though her lover may be the "dominant" one, it is pleasurable for her to give sex because in the end she receives the joy of motherhood through her child.
    ferrariguy90on August 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Bjork had just left her baby girl when she recorded this, so I guess it was about some kind of release.
    movieliciouson December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeh, thats a good way to look at the lyrics, i hadnt thought of that.
    i always get quite a sexual vibe from this song, like a pleasure being returned- 'who gives most'. i guess that fits in with the child birth thing, seeing as birth follows sex etc. the 'women like us we strengthen most host-like' has the kind of mothering connotations, as if the baby is a host of your body.

    a truly beautiful song, and album
    schmlenon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought of the song as being sexual, like finally being a generous lover. possibly oral. but that's just my mind.... the birth idea totally makes more sense. let's go with birth.
    a sin coming onon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with
    I though so too, but now I guess I should think once more ;) maybe it's really about birth.
    I own Medulla, great album, yeah
    madameon April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRegardless of the meaning behind the song, her voice is so sexy and seductive throughout, especially the first 'Who Gives Most' part.
    blucowon July 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it fits more closely the interpretation that it's about sex. "To finally let go and evenly/ be flown" doesn't really line up to the birth interpretation. It seems to be implying something at which you surrender in order for both (evenly) to reach some high point (be flown). Sounds more like an orgasm than the process of labor.

    "The strongest stance" part refers to the idea that there's a submissive partner and one who's in control, who sets the pace and decides when and what to "give" or play "host."

    The song as a whole, though, serves as a metaphor for giving, the connection being that giving ultimately benefits, even exhilirates, both the giver and the receiver.
    cobsteron September 13, 2006   Link

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