"Coconut" as written by and Karin Dreijer Andersson....
He came back one day and
Told me stories that I now dream of
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)

Open atmosphere
Take me anywhere
Take me there
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)

We have water mouth
Sand in pockets and a strained household
(Oh, oh, oh, oh)

When the night falls
There is fire in the bungalow

Lay back with a big cigar
Lay back we are where we are
Lay back with a big cigar
Lay back this is where we are

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"Coconut" as written by Karin Dreijer Andersson

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  • +7
    General CommentI think the "he" in this song is her brother (and other half of The Knife) Olaf. Apparently he is off in the tropics recording sounds of nature for the Charles Darwin opera they are working on. The whole song has a weirdly tropical vibe to it from the aural seascape (complete with sea gulls) at the end of the intro to the title "Coconut" and mention of a bungalow.

    The song itself starts as a wish to be someplace else, someplace more exotic with an "open atmosphere". At home the household is "strained". But, at the end I think she is saying its ok to enjoy the present. She's accomplished a lot and she's earned that cigar. As she's made clear on the album she's not done yet and there is more to come, but for now she is where she is and the future will sort itself out.

    Definitely my favorite track on the album. It's really cinematic and hopeful-- a perfect ending to a terrific album.
    malachi constanton April 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song was inspired by Olof being away in the tropics.

    I also believe this song is about recollecting one's hope after all one's faith pays off in the end. It's a rare and much-deserved feeling of accomplishment.

    And let's face it, kicking back with a big cigar a bungalow would be one hell of a way to celebrate the completion of an album (especially an album as magnificent as this!).
    tyakon October 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think spankthewan nailed it. Nice job good sir! I doubt Karin would make such a beautiful song about such a shallow subject like Olaf in tha tropikz and smoking cigarz and poppin cris to celebrate an album droppin. This ain't some mtv bullshit!!

    Anyone hear Skinny Puppy's "Love" as inspiration for this one? Anybody?
    rpmoneysignson August 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCoconut is about an island that exists only in the mind's eye...an escape from a reality of poverty and family issues. Where is it? Who knows, but she is there, and she's going to enjoy it.

    He came back one day and
    told me stories that I
    now dream of
    (Her male friend or family remember returned from a tropical paradise and told her of its beauty)

    open atmosphere
    take me anywhere
    take me there
    (She begins to dream of paradise to escape her sad reality)

    we have water mouth
    sand in pockets and a strained household
    (When you are hungry, your mouth waters. Her family is strapped for cash. Their pockets are empty, and they can't afford food. They fight because of money issues.)

    when the night falls
    there is fire in the bungalow
    (As night falls, she is taken by her dreams to the storied bungalow of the tropical paradise.)

    lay back with a big cigar
    lay back we are where we are
    lay back with a big cigar
    lay back this is where we are
    (She is possibly coming in and out of a dream, OR she is convincing herself that her dream is a reality.)
    spankthewanon April 14, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentolof went to the amazon to record for 'tomorrow, in a year' (which i saw a week ago, it was very good!), not the tropics. I really don't think this is about Olof at all.

    I would love to offer a suggestion, but I don't have much. I get the feeling it's about a father figure. The answer to the meaning of this song is in these lines

    "we have water mouth
    sand in pockets and a strained household"

    but, I don't know exactly what this means.
    revilodrawon October 27, 2010   Link

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