I have a recurrent dream
Every time I lose my voice
I swallow little glowing lights
My mother and son baked for me

During the night
They do a trapeze walk
Until they're in the sky
Right above my bed

While I'm asleep
My mother and son pour into me
Warm glowing oil
Into my wide open throat

I have a recurrent dream
Every time I feel a hoarseness
I swallow warm glowing lights
My mother and son baked for me

They make me feel so much better
They make me feel better

We have a recurrent dream
Every time we lose our voices
We dream we swallow little lights
Our mother and sons bake for us

During the night
They do a little trapeze walk
Until they're in the sky
(Right above our heads)
Right above our heads

While we're asleep
My mother and son pour into us
Warm glowing oil
Into our wide open throats

I have a recurrent dream

They make me feel better
They make me feel better


Lyrics submitted by Mopnugget

Heirloom Lyrics as written by Martin Gretschmann Bjork Gudmundsdottir

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  • +3
    General Comment

    Has anyone else noticed a recurring theme in Bjork's songs and videos of orifices, and things entering and leaving the body? I'm convinced it's not all in my head. For example:

    "My mother and son pour into me / Warm glowing oil into my wide open throat" - Heirloom

    "These teeth are a ladder up to his mouth" - Mouth's Cradle

    "I've been filled with steam for months... My arms ooze out of my shoulders" - Vertebrae by Vertebrae

    "Drink me make me feel real, wet your beak in the stream" - Bachelorette

    "I'll heal you with a razorblade, I'll cut a slit open and the luminous beam feeds you" - All Neon Like

    "Who would have known that a boy like him would have entered me lightly, restoring my blisses" - Cocoon

    "I will take the sun in my mouth" - Sun in my mouth

    And check out the videos for All is Full of Love, Cocoon, Hidden Place, Pagan Poetry, I Miss You, Army of Me, Joga...

    spdrmnkyon November 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    it's think it's simply just about the love between bjork and her mother, and the love between bjork and her son.

    nopartyon May 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    i agree that it could be about the love between bjork and her mother, but it does this interesting switch from "i" to "we" that i at first thought was meant to represent each of the dreaming selves that experienced the same recurrent dream, but taking into consideration that the song is called "heirloom" i think noparty is probably closer to the truth. i think that "we" is supposed to be her family tree, and that the recurrent dream is life, and for this "we" voice sleep is death and the mother and son's trapeze walk and baked lights are rebirth. or maybe i'm reading way too far into it. :)

    sethmooreon May 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I would imagine this is about a certain time when both her Son and Mother helped her by her bed when she was ill and administered warm mix of medicine of some type for her.

    She would remember this moment of close unity, especially when she feels unwell or looses her voice from sickness or strain. It may distress her.

    And this has a remembrance factor for her to feel better - her closest loved ones helping her become well again. (Recurring dream)

    Lyrically exciting :)

    N0bodySpecialon November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    What the hell is this song about???

    Its really beautiful thou...

    Oceaniaon July 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    to me, it's about love.

    melodramatic_kisseson December 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    It's just about how amazing a family can be, right?

    buddha boyon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think it's about speaking up for yourself. Don't lose your voice.

    shesopaqueon April 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song is about remembering our family. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me of being sick and inside on a cold winter day and having a hot bowl of soup to help you get better. In this song, I think the healing is more spiritual/emotional. When she is down, she remembers the unbreakable bonds of family and the love that will always endure. Another great song that helps me feel better.

    zarathustra gnosison October 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think this song is about remembering our family. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me of being sick and inside on a cold winter day and having a hot bowl of soup to help you get better. In this song, I think the healing is more spiritual/emotional. When she is down, she remembers the unbreakable bonds of family and the love that will always endure. Another great song that helps me feel better.

    zarathustra gnosison October 13, 2007   Link

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