"Pneumonia" as written by and Bjork Gudmundsdottir....
Get over the sorrow, girl
The world is always going to be made of this

You can trust in it
Unless you breathe in

I, I
I adore how you simply surrender to high

And your lungs
They're mourning
Teepee style

All the still born love that could've happened
All the moments you should have embraced
All the moments you should have not locked up

So clearly
To shut yourself up
Would be the hugest crime of them all
Hugest crime of them all
You're just crying after all
To not want them humans around

Get over that sorrow, girl
Get over

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"Pneumonia" as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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    General CommentYeah, she did write it after seeing Pan's Labyrinth, but she also said the title is "Pneumonia" because she had pnuemonia for awhile and the lyrics of the song reflect the sickness and how it seems to suck the life force out of a person. To me, this song symbolizes courage, being brave enough to face the world instead of running away from it into a fantasy world like the girl from Pan's Labyrinth. Sometimes, the world is an ugly place, but we all have to be able to face up to it and live in it despite the horrors. Also, it's urging us to speak out and voice ourselves instead of hiding our feelings and being willing victims. It's basically saying to LIVE.
    zarathustra gnosison October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBjörk questioning her own philosophy of shutting herself away from people (in place since the letter bomb incident), wondering how much you miss by "shutting yourself up", even as she contemplates doing it even more.
    Iantuitionon June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAMAZING!!!
    Nitrofurantoinaon April 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBjörk said this is about Pan's Labrynth
    major keyon May 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this - but what is it about?
    lboogyon May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry, but i have to say it again, beautiful!
    lboogyon May 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe wrote it after seeing "Pan's Labrynth"
    angelicmobster8on July 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've had my moments of misanthropy and hopeless. This song speaks of this.
    sheela_lon December 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI cannot even begin to comment on this song. I suppose I'll start with the beautiful and subtle musical crafting of it's form. Without using much more than rain sounds and a structurally repetitive accompaniment, she uses only her voice and chordal tension to produce the ebbs and flows of this song.

    There seems to be no end to the topics that the lyrics cover. Regret, love, survival, depression, freedom...It speaks so well about life that I could write an essay on it. But it's all about forgetting about the sadness that isn't yours and living your life in such a way that regret cannot touch it, taking every chance and speaking every belief you have, even when it becomes so bad that you can't even stand the sight of people. The lyrics are actually not lengthy, but they speak so much in every line that this has become my favorite bjork song; maybe my favorite song of all time.
    Karma policemanon March 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentamazing
    purplered_hazeon August 25, 2008   Link

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