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Björk - Stonemilker

A juxtaposition in fate
Find our mutual coordinate

Moments of clarity
Are so rare
I better document this
At last the view
Is fierce
All that matters is

Who is open-chested? And
Who has coagulated?
Who can share? And
Who has shut down the chances?

Show me emotional respect
Oh respect, oh respect
I have emotional needs
Oh needs

I wish to synchronise our feelings
Our feelings

What is it that I have
That makes me feel your pain?
Like milking a stone
To get you to say it

Who is open? And
Who has shut up? And
If one feels closed,
How does one stay open?

We have emotional needs
Oh needs, oh needs
I wish to synchronise our feelings
Our feelings
Show some emotional respect
Oh respect

A juxtaposition in fate
Find our mutual coordinate

“Stonemilker” is one of the two tracks on "Vulnicura" solely written, composed and produced by Björk, the other being “Quicksand”. In the album booklet, the sub-title for this song is “9 months before”, signifying that this song was written 9 months before the break up of the relationship between Björk and Matthew Barney. It’s about someone who’s trying to get emotions out of another person. The whole song is emotionally about wanting clarity, wanting simplicity, and talking to someone who wants things to be really complex and foggy and unclear. And you saying, ok, I’ve got clarity: want it or not? So it’s sort of celebrating simplicity and clarity... I was walking on a beach and I was walking back and forth and the lyrics came along without me really editing them. The strength of this album is really simplicity and the thinking out loud feeling. And I shouldn’t be too clever. It would work against it. So, I kind of just went with the first words that came… [they’re] probably the most obvious lyrics I’ve ever written. It was very important that the strings were cyclical, this chord cycle that gives you this feeling it can go on and on in circles. It gives you this feeling of equilibrium, like the person who’s singing the song is showing some sort of harmony to someone as an example... It’s trying, in the most harmonious way possible, to prove a point [laughs]. Because I think staying emotionally open, it’s a choice. I think it’s equally hard for all of us, and we’re just all doing our best, but there’s also a choice: Do you want to try, and maybe fail... or is it your choice to not even try? I’m mostly a singer, but I think the way I sing is I usually wait for a day that I’m kind of probably more impulsive than other days in one way or another [laughs]. So when I sing, I go to this place where it’s more similar to when I’m doing a concert — I will not have so much of my brain in there [laughs]. I’ll just warm up my voice, have a coffee and jump in the deep end, where you’re more a performer.

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