She touched
My arm
And smiled

One of these days
Soon
Very soon
Love you 'til then
Love you 'til then

Feel my breath
On your neck
And your heart
Will race

Don't say no to me
You can't say no to me
I won't see you
Denied

I'm sorry you saw that
I'm sorry he did it
An echo
A stain
A stain

I can't say no to you
(I can't say no to you)
Say nothing

Free falling
Complete


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An Echo, A Stain Lyrics as written by Bjork Gudmundsdottir Guy Sigsworth

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  • +4
    General Comment

    well, we talked about this song in romanticism class, and we came up with some pretty interesting stuff. "I'm sorry you saw that" and that whole thing is basically saying (this song is bjork speaking as the sacred feminine that the romantic era is striving to revive) im sorry you saw the ugliness of existence while i was gone but "you can't say no to me" im back now and everything is ok. bjork is such a goddess

    kidbon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    Loosely based on Sarah Kane's contemporary, abstract play "Crave". Kane commited suicide in 1999, but she is clearly the best playwrighter of her generation.

    pinch_of_hopeon January 19, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    It kind of reminds me of death in a way.

    She touched My arm And smiled One of these days Soon Very soon Love you 'til then Love you 'til then (like Death is always waiting behind you, so close but never fully making contact until it's your time to go. the whole "love you 'till then" is just watching you grow up and live your life until she finally takes your soul and never sees you again. And death seems like it's being personified as a woman.)

    Feel my breath On your neck And your heart Will race (this could be sexual of course, being Bjork and all or it could mean the intimacy of death when it's finally time to die. You're afraid at first, hence the heart racing when you feel death's cold breath on you.) Don't say no to me You can't say no to me I won't see you Denied (you'll fight death and say, basically "no, I don't wanna" but you can't avoid her, therefore you shouldn't even bother saying no. "I won't see you denied" is basically saying that everyone will die eventually and you are no exception.) I'm sorry you saw that I'm sorry he did it An echo A stain A stain (maybe the person in the song is being murdered and saw it. Death apologizes to the victim for how he/she died, but says basically that it won't matter soon. It echos because it's the hugest thing in that person's mind as it's happening but when the deed is done, it's only a memory. A stain.) I can't say no to you I can't say no to you Say nothing (Death is saying nothing else to the person. She's basically saying that she can't deny the person this fate, even though she feels some sort of remorse. Therefore, she says nothing.) Free falling (the whirling, confusing feeling of the soul leaving the body to wherever the afterlife will take him/her) Complete (the soul is gone.)

    mcrlovesbjorkon December 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Forbidden love, abuse maybe? "Sorry you saw that, sorry you did it." Also, "one of these days soon." Haunting, beautiful song.

    missmeon January 31, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It reminds me of rape. =/

    buddha boyon December 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I've never heard this song. I just came on here to say that all of these lyrics are taken from Sarah Kane's play Crave and should probably be interpreted within the context of the play.

    I recommend Kane's work to everybody, it is truly life changing.

    Wallamanageon July 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    SEX ADDICTION

    saturnsongson August 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Probably the most beautiful song I have ever heard in my entire life. Sends chills throughout my body everytime I hear this song.

    agnosticuson June 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Sure it's great, but the "I'm sorry you saw that" section, kind of confuses me. It reminds me of "You've been flirting again", it's like trying to heal some wound, to calm someone who's upset or sad, but why? Any thoughts?

    rael1970on May 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    this song is like the whole story of this girl and I who were practically in love in high school- she'd sit behind me and play with my hair- and touch my arm lol- I dont think this is what the song is about BUT it is what it means to me- where she says "I cant say no to you" that would be me letting this girl do whatever she wanted to me just because she was hot!! and where is says "i'm sorry you saw that' i'm sorry he did it- and echo a stain" this is so true of what i'd say to this girl- she has been raped more than once and seen very twisted things happening around her-----------------

    star_phu_ker2003on February 02, 2005   Link

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