"Triangle Walks" as written by and Karin Dreijer Andersson....
An apple and a berry plant
Comes with a house
On the grass, who is that
To come by my house

Stands outside my window
Sucking on the berries
And eats us out of house and home
Keeping us awake, keeping us awake

Can I come over, I need to rest
Lay down for a while
Disconnect the night was so long
The day even longer
Lay down for a while recollect

Five A-M out again
Triangle walks
Magpies, I throw sticks at them
They laugh behind my back

Getting a feeling
Maybe I will dream again
Having that feeling
When there's no one awake
No no one awake

Can I come over, I need to rest
Lay down for a while
Disconnect the night was so long
The day even longer
Lay down for a while recollect

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"Triangle Walks" as written by Karin Dreijer Andersson

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    Song MeaningI know this song is not about drugs (because Fever Ray was Karin's personal outlet for herself, all the song on the album are about her, her family, and motherhood.) For this song, you can say shes haunted I guess. Heres my breakdown of the song.

    "an apple and a berry plant
    comes with a house
    on the grass
    who is that
    to come by my house

    stands outside my window
    sucking on the berries and
    eats us out of house and home
    keeping us awake
    keeping us awake"

    For the first few lines i think shes talking about her home with her family. "An apple and a berry plant/ comes with our house". When she mentions someone standing outside her window I believe shes speaking about herself (and her husband) and the people they could have been if they did not have kids. With children come responsibility and routine. "Triangle" Walks. The things they could have accomplished (whether it be personal goals or not) or other things they could be doing if they did not have kids.

    "can i come over, i need to rest
    lay down for a while
    the night was so long
    the day even longer
    lay down for a while

    As I mentioned before, having kids is a responsibility. This could be her expressing the constant exhaustion she feels from raising children day in and day out.

    "five AM
    out again
    triangle walks
    magpies, i throw sticks at them
    they laugh behind my back"

    Karin mentioned recently in an interview that shes always up very early because of her children. We know that children often wake up parents very early (especially screaming/crying babies) so the 5am line makes sense. When she speaks about Magpies, it could be a metaphor for her friends who don't have children. Her throwing sticks at them could be her expressing her problems she has as a mother and them laughing behind her back could be them not understanding her because they don't know what its like to have children.

    "getting a feeling
    maybe i will dream again
    having that feeling
    when there's no one awake
    no no one awake"

    This last part really accents the starting. "Getting a feeling/ maybe i will dream again" is Karin saying that shes thinking about the future, when her children are grown up and what comes for her after that. She feels like maybe she'll have set goals for herself that she couldn't accomplish while she had young children.

    Also, notice after she sings the last line she begins to groan. If you noticed, she used the screaming/groaning to accent the song even more (like in I Just Had To Die in The Knife, which is a song about pedophiles and being a young target). I think this is definitely one of the best songs on the album. Another masterpiece by Karin.
    Encreon October 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentprobably the song that comes closest to the odd danciness of The Knife, on the album. it's brilliant.
    zoolahon March 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is such the best. Even though the lyrics are strange for the most part, I think the chorous is easy to relate to. Plus it's amazingly catchy
    sweetdeeon April 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song describes the torment of being haunted by something/someone...not being able to escape the thoughts, even at home, which is supposed to be the one place you can always feel safe. The "I need to rest" lines depict how draining these thoughts and emotions can be, not even allowing you to sleep to get it off your mind for a few hours. "No one awake" describes how lonely it can get.

    When Karin sings about something standing outside the window, I was reminded of stories I've read about the old wives' tale that vampires cannot enter your home unless invited. The thing is persistent--it will patiently wait until it gets what it wants. Perhaps it means no relief will come until you give in.

    I really have no clue what she means by "triangle walks," but I love the song nonetheless.
    meepkaton July 27, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsorry, im stoned :)
    lilpoppy10on July 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is about coping with a new born child.
    armitageon August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell young child anyway..... but that is it I believe.
    armitageon August 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think a bear or something has taken to thrashing around outside her residence and eating berries, she finds herself out again at 4 AM walking somewhat unsteadily, in perhaps a triangular gait, and some douchebags' prissy girlfriends are sassing her for being drunk, so she tells them to fuck off? So after a day like that she wants to hang out at her friend's quiet house and maybe take a nap there.

    I think it's dumb and disrespectful to claim that Karin is making winking references to the some drugs she likes to do. That is not what she is about, she is talking about impressionistic scenes from the course of whatever she was doing at a particular time, which is none of your concern and has nothing to do with the song.

    As for whether or not The Knife and Fever Ray are encouraging you to get high on everything you can get and listen to their music, I would agree that's somewhat implicit.
    onhavapalaceon September 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it's about a sleepwalker? her husband? she's tired of going out to look for him every night and she's starting to suffer some insomnia herself...
    zitoon October 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIm seeing it from an "old lover" point of view. Memories or himself haunting her current "home happy", now boring, life and her yearning to disconnect with him. and the Triangle walk is with the 3 Points of Herself, Her Present, and Her Past... or the whole Family thing and just incorporate these point of views with the family agenda
    stoggie19on October 14, 2009   Link

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