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Hyperballad Lyrics

Artist: Bjork
Album: Post

We live on a mountain
Right at the top
There's a beautiful view
From the top of the mountain
Every morning I walk towards the edge
And throw little things off
Like:
Car parts, bottles and cutlery
Or whatever I find lying around

It's become a habit
A way
To start the day

I go through all this
Before you wake up
So I can feel happier
To be safe up here with you

It's early morning
No one is awake
I'm back at my cliff
Still throwing things off
I listen to the sounds they make
On their way down
I follow with my eyes 'til they crash
Imagine what my body would sound like
Slamming against those rocks

When it lands
Will my eyes
Be closed or open?

I go through all this
Before you wake up
So I can feel happier
To be safe up here with you
Comments/Interpretations
by Tahnee Akkermans on 6/17/2008 10:47pm
she might have written it about a woman/girl living with someone abusive and each morning she rehearses her suicide and imagines how it could happen so that she feels safer there knowing if the abusive person does anything worse she can escape.
by O. on 6/26/2008 3:55am
this explains the way I understand the song:

I go through all this
Before you wake up
So I can feel happier
To be safe up here with you
by mike on 6/26/2008 10:49pm
whitley covers this song so so well
by M on 7/18/2008 11:01am
Which is exactly why her song is so powerful because she does this only to feel how safe she is with the person at the top.
She could always escape and abusive person without hurting herself which at least holds true in amrica.
by Daniel on 7/18/2008 8:48pm
Living on a mountaintop together can be seen as a symbol of being completely in love; the beautiful view from the top is how she sees the world when she's so in love. She's at such heights of emotion Throwing off objects and imagining her death is not so much rehearsing suicide as it is testing the relationship, thinking about what it would be like to lose that love, a daily reminder of just how precarious love is. This is a private act ("before you wake up"), doubts and fears she keeps to herself. Crashing down on the rocks below can be seen as falling out of love. The line, "will my eyes be closed or open" = if she loses her love, will she have been aware of that as it was happening.
by Heidi on 7/21/2008 4:00am
I am not sure of the lyrics, but Daniel, most enjoyable read!
by lady_wraith on 7/24/2008 9:23pm
I think Daniel's right, but one can never be 100% sure unless the artist him/herself says what the song's about... But yeah, it seems it's about being happy and in love but realizing how fragile one becomes in that state; the risk itself is what makes it so enjoyable, makes you value it that much more. A little rite not to take things for granted...
by Taylor on 8/14/2008 10:35pm
Stop analyzing such a beauitufl song so much.

I personally think it's simple, she throws things off the mountain to keep herself from throwing herself off. It allows her to be close to death without actually killing herself. She does it to feel better and be safe.
by Justin on 9/8/2008 10:01pm
Daniel, you have it the right way it's not about suicide at all in my opinion. well understood
by ringo on 9/23/2008 3:21pm
she stated somewhere it was about people hiding their real identities from their partners just to be happier with them but in the end the real you always comes out
by nick on 10/4/2008 5:05pm
it's about doing the things you have to do everyday to make yourself right for the person you love. she has issues--her own issues--that she wants to negotiate/neutralize to be as good for her partner as possible. not suicidal at all, just mental health exercises.
by NoaH on 10/5/2008 6:45pm
Totally Agree with Daniel. COuldn't been explained better =)That's the sensation it gives me eveytime i listen to this song... so warm and tender... but somehow also a little sad...
by tay on 10/7/2008 8:13pm
she feels that at any attempt to commmit suicide for whatever reason the better decision is to stay on the mountain with that person. her daily habits of throwing things helps he analyze and reassure her safety staying with the person.
by joy on 10/15/2008 3:28pm
what is the meaning of the word Hyperballad ?
by Gia on 10/17/2008 2:36pm
This is such a beautiful song.

And I agree 100% w/ Daniel.
by S. on 10/17/2008 8:17pm
I just think its a beautiful song. It might have somthing to do with suicide... but the lryics are pure. When it says, When it lands
Will my eyes
Be closed or open?
That is definatly talking about death. But yeah- only the artist can tell everyone what it means.
by Jonny on 10/29/2008 12:05pm
The artist may not know entirely herself what it means and any poem or piece of text is open to interpritation, great song, n some good interpritations here
by matt on 10/30/2008 6:33pm
wtf is this shit its confusing u guys r all weird
by audrey on 11/8/2008 9:18am
vanrability and curiosity.. all of you are right. sometimes it is the literal.. sometimes not
by A.N. on 11/11/2008 8:39pm
I just discovered this song yesterday and its taken me over. It is so powerful. I agree that its not about an abusive situation, and most likely not about suicide... I think is about an intrapsychic struggle... like she is going through a ritual to manage her emotional struggles...she is doing this to be happier with her lover- she is fighting her troubling thoughts and letting them go each day.
by Victor on 11/15/2008 10:47pm
Abuse? No. In a nutshell the song is about having all of your nervous breakdowns, insecurities, what have you, by yourself so that you're amour doesn't have to deal with it. The Twilight Singers do an AMAZING version of it, FYI...
by Leon on 11/19/2008 2:50am
I understand the lyirics of this songs this way = She is with someone and probably she doesn't valorate and appreciate enought to be safe with that person, she takes it for granted cuz she's used to it. Throwing things off and see how she could be in danger or in a worst situation lets her see that she should be happier being safe and with the one you love. Appreciate the life and the love that you have, before it's gone.
by LordJonas on 11/25/2008 5:31pm
Art is in the eye of the beholder. This song can mean anything to you. It probably means multiple things in order for many people to relate...


Sure there can be 1 answer but the beauty is there doesn't have to be.
by sarah on 12/21/2008 9:43pm
I think her lover is already dead, and she visits this place every day to worship their love. She does all this as a means to be closer to him, maybe until the day she dies and can then join him.
by Raul Lopez on 1/3/2009 8:00pm
Such a powerful song.
You guys are wrong. It is about being weird and doing uncommon things when no one's watching.
by B Dub on 1/12/2009 10:46am
According to Bjork...it is about love (like Daniel said) and having a side to yourself that no one knows.
by Tim on 1/13/2009 4:40pm
I agree pretty much with Daniel, but there are a couple of ideas I'd like to contribute:
-I think part of the idea of throwing things off is that you cannot have a great love without sacrificing something, some part of yourself. I feel like the ritual of casting things off is something that symbolizes what is paid to be in love.
-I think the eyes closed/open bit is wondering about what kind of person you really are... not so much about the act of falling, but if it were to happen would you savor that last incredible and terrifying sight or would you close your eyes and go inward at the end?
by michelle on 2/1/2009 8:12am
this page is hilarious!

beginning of january i took my time to write a long answer, what this song is about and you didn't post it!? I'll never visit this side again...what a shit-page!
by sasha on 2/14/2009 3:03pm
Michelle don't visit again!!
by Grummus on 2/21/2009 6:37am
The lyrics say it all, if Bjork uses metaphor she makes it quite obvious I.E "Mon petit vulcan, your eruptions and disasters, admiring your lava I keep calm" in Possibly Maybe. It's such a simple song talking about her method of creating a contrast to her feeling of safety so that - as said above - she can feel that safety without taking it for granted. Surely that is enough content without making it about all manner of other things. One of the reasons I love Bjork is because she puts accross what she wants to say so well in her music, it seems a shame that some can't see that her music is about exactly what it says it's about - she doesn't beat around the bush for a reason! She doesn't create riddles, she just communicates it as it it.
by anna on 3/4/2009 5:25am
I don't agree with Daniel.
I think this song is about her trying very hard to be happy on that mountain with beautiful view but to be that happy she has to hide part of herself. So she throws "junk" to the rocks wich is mathaphore of parts of her.
No matter, everybody can interpret as thay wish. In my book song is definitly the best song I have ever heard/read.
Love Bjork:)
p.s. sorry for my English:) I'am from eastern Europe
by Rich T on 3/4/2009 5:17pm
Daniel's explanation is as beautiful as the song itself.
by feket kutyak on 3/9/2009 2:08pm
I think it's about how crazy she is inside of her own head but she doesn't want her lover to find out. So in order to keep herself 'sane' throughout the day she must release this by throwing things off the cliff before he wakes up and sees her doing this. If he finds out about this she is afraid it will drive him away because she isn't quite sure if he would be able to take her fully as she is, crazy and all. Just what I thought when I first heard the song.
by Shuyi on 3/11/2009 12:55am
Thank you, Daniel.
by s`ley on 3/13/2009 8:33pm
wow... the lyrics blow me away, my fav bjork's single
by Eva on 3/17/2009 8:45am
Part of what makes a good artist is their ability to create pieces which can be interpreted many ways. Meaning evolves.
by edie on 3/25/2009 6:04pm
I think Ringo's right. It does seem to fit in with hiding yourself from someone. It really doesn't sound suicidal at all. I think it's more to do with darker thoughts we hide from people - probably cos we'd freak em out with our weirdness. Bjork lyrics tend to be a bit abtuse anyway let's face it!
by Jorge Venezuela on 4/5/2009 11:15am
we all have the life we deserve, I think she sings to drugs... at the beginning she talks about the life we can have with beauty..but then we can change our lives doing these things. And the way she feels happier and safer is because of drugs!. At the end, drugs can kill maybe that's the reason why she talks about death!.. hahahahahahahahaha I don't know!-.- that's my opinion..aaaahhhh..I really liked Daniel's opinion too!
by Tranced0ut on 4/13/2009 6:18pm
It's pretty simple, and Bjork confirms what this song is about. It's about the little habits and eccentricities that we do in isolation. She does these things out of instinct, yet doesn't want to affect her lover with her private issues. Because she knows how beautiful it is to be in this situation with her lover she removes things that could hurt them and throws them away in private. Sometimes, she feels hurtful herself and wants to throw herself off.
by javoChivo on 4/21/2009 3:24pm
Para explicar de que se habla, la misma Björk lo ha explicado así: "Es sobre el momento crítico en las relaciones que por lo general viene luego de tres años estando juntos. Cuando te enamoras nunca sabes si esa será la ultima vez, entonces cuando dudas de tu amor te comportas dulcemente con tu novio pero luego vas a otro lugar para ser agresivo. Vas a descargarte a un bar o a arrojar cosas por un precipicio y luego cuando vuelves donde tu novio dices con una sonrisa ‘Hola amorcito’". Y es así, porque Hyperballad es perfecta como conducta de vida, narra de manera extraordinaria los sentimientos de todos los que hemos estado enamorado, convirtiéndose en un (indispensable) cliché de nuestras vidas.
by Bjorkophile on 5/4/2009 7:35am
Be scary and crazy in private, venting all of your self destructive and hysterical heuristics, so as not to scare away or hurt the ones you love.
by Deivid G on 5/4/2009 9:06am
Esta canción me encanta. Pienso que la interpretacion de javoChivo es correcta. Algún tiempo pensé q björk era una freaky pero ahora veo q todo su trabajo esta encaminado a reflejarse a ella misma: su forma de pensar y demás. Arriba björk!
by Marta Chimba on 8/21/2009 5:56pm
I always loved this song and thought it had a lot more to it than purely throwing yourself of a cliff! Emotionally I felt like doing this a few times but just emotionally, it's quite easy to think that, for sure, I don't think I'm too wierd! Pero ahora se que todo va bien y la cancion me gusta muchisimo! Only wish other people saw it the same way and I could play it at my wedding! he he
by Johan on 11/5/2009 8:56am
This song rocks!!!! nuff said :)
by Lisa on 11/5/2009 11:24pm
2003 I heard this song and thought this girl is me. Having been married five years then, the facade of "You both look happy together" was scarred by betrayal and dishonesty. On my long rides home from work often my thoughts were "What would happen if I ran my car into that tree?" Cowardice and spiritual conviction tied my hands. Finally when the ultimate betrayal slapped me in the face, the tears couldn't hide behind the smiles any longer, I closed my eyes and jumped out. Got some bruises. Took some risks. New love found me a little over a year ago. With a better definition of love there is also peace...simple peace.
by Angel on 12/2/2009 2:05pm
i think it means that she is so in love and scared about how strongly she feels about her partner that she metaphorically "goes to the cliff to throw things off imagining what her body would sound like slamming against those rocks" is how she will feel if she lost that love. She realizes this is her own fear of losing love. And this morning ritual is her way of trying to feel safe with her partner again before he wakes up.
by @Wisewinston on 12/12/2009 10:58pm
I think Daniel, Nick & Taylor are right on a lot of points. Except I disagree with Daniel in that I don't think being on the mountaintop signifies being 'completely in love.' Leon's got a completely different, v interesting take...

I see it as a good relationship (def not abuse), but one like every other, where she needs her alone time and has thoughts that only she will ever be able to understand. This is the essence of being a human. Life is so very complicated. She considers suicide, like we all do, but only in the abstract. It's never really a serious option. I think this is made clear as "car parts, bottles & cutlery" are absurd items to throw off the edge...

You can love other people, but in some ways, life will always be a very personal, individual experience.
by Red Sword on 12/19/2009 3:53am
"car parts, bottles & cutlery"

I thought maybe there was a Bigger Idea to the song. It seems to be talking to the predicament of the entire race. Absurd artifacts being discarded and thrown into a void. Being both aware but strangely detached from our self destructive tendencies, we can achieve a feeling of safety through ritual only.
by Cutlerigo on 4/8/2010 1:50pm
I think it's a very simple but powerful idea. She throws things off the mountain and imagines falling herself, and by doing so contemplates death and danger. Therefore in comparison, when she returns to her man, she feels totally secure with the one she loves.

I agree with wisewinston, she's contemplating suicide only in an abstract way.

Simples!
by Heku on 5/16/2010 11:17am
Daniel has got it right! she's totally blinded by love with him, living just in the moment where everything is perfect, she wonders how it would be if she loses him... we all have lived that moment in a relationship. Great song!!' Björk rules!!!
by Jordan on 5/18/2010 4:13pm
For me, what is most important in this song as that she is being an escapist. She enacts her negative and unattainable fantasies apart from the one she's with in order to go through life loving it, and not missing them.

Whether she's truly in love with the person she's with-or is forcing herself to settle for a life that is good enough-isn't entirely clear.

The focus of the song though, is psychologically purging things that would otherwise make your life less happy. An exercise in loving the things you have and giving up the things you don't.

I love the depth and perspective Bjork gives to this very traditional way of thinking.
by aboy on 5/30/2010 2:42am
very inspiring song !! a lot of interpretation might come ,, i always wondering about the meaning of this song by bjork n i cant find it!! its very nice song ever . .
by lxs on 6/29/2010 8:33pm
for me Daniel is right, the title "hyperballad" goes on that direction...
by Th3ory on 7/2/2010 7:49pm
What's really going to get your noodle is if the other person doesnt exist and it is only the conflict within herself.
by Person on 7/9/2010 1:46am
Umm some of these interpretations are a little much. I honestly think the song speaks for itself.
by d. on 7/27/2010 8:44pm
didnt she do some interview explaining this song? like so many people were asking if it was about suicide and she was like NO! its a love song, its about being in love. the mountain and beautiful view is the love and throwing things off is her way of reminding herself the way things would be if she fell out of love (and off the cliff)
by MasBro on 8/30/2010 1:11am
try the cover version by Mocca, it really makes the song..
by Lamb_to_lion on 9/20/2010 7:28pm
this song is incredibly beautiful. Bjork wrote this song to do with her friends suicide.
by Pat on 10/20/2010 12:21am
This song touches me deeply.
by Mel on 11/13/2010 10:55pm
Personally, I think its about a girl who believes in a perfect relationship. She dumps all the stuff(car parts,and cutlery
) that don't belong to the perfect relationship ,the perfect world . So she could feel better. And yet sometimes she feels that she could be one of the stuff that dun belong to the perfect world.
by John on 12/20/2010 7:14pm
ease of release: peace.
by Aya on 12/24/2010 2:23am
After reading Daniels comments/perception, I feel like crying. This song has got powerful message about love and it is so beautiful. If I am ever be in deep love like her, I would do something like that too: throwing things off. It seems crazy but she cannot help it.
by jason on 12/30/2010 9:52pm
daniel you blew me away! that was brilliant!!!!
by JASON on 12/30/2010 10:16pm
DANIEL YOU ARE BRILLIANT!!
by Jazz on 12/31/2010 11:56am
well in my opinion I think for sure it's talking about love, but I'm not quite sure about daniel's interpretation on the part saying "imagine what my body would sound like...". I can't explain but I get the song in a different way, anyway I just think she talk about the security a person can provide fur us, just like a shelter, and to me she's like trying to convince herself everyday that she's so happy there.
by rob on 1/9/2011 11:04am
my first interpretation was similar to Tahnee Akkermans'. then i also had to agree with daniel.

what's beautiful about this song is its poetry. it cannot be interpreted in only one way.

pls don't say one interpretation is wrong and the other correct because if so, this wouldn't be an art. an interpretation of a poetry is valid when it is supported by the text.
by Kevin on 1/9/2011 12:14pm
All of you are wrong, from my point of view.

To me it's pretty obvious this is about a sick, self destructive love from a completly emotionaly unbalanced woman, probably towards someone with bad attitude, the typical jerk. She is advocating to her self, trying making it look like it's genuine and "beaultyfull" love when it's just a sick egoistic sort of "love" if that's what we can call it.
by D.Jones on 4/10/2011 11:20pm
I believe this song to be as if a subconcious event happening while sleep.. You can place yourself into a peaceful mental state of mind on top of that beautiful mountain with none of the hustle and bustle of cars,alcohol,and weaponry which is all apart of some type of abuse. To throw all those type of things away would make it safe for self cause we are our own destruction. I think it's all about self love...
by MaThe on 4/12/2011 3:02am
We are born alone, we die alone, we keep some things only for ourselves.
These are my thoughts after listening to this beautiful, beautiful song.
by Bexy on 4/17/2011 3:37am
Maybe it is about humanity and nature. It starts with "We" live on top of a mountain and this could be the amount of waste. Waste issues and our part in producing waste and coping with waste are complex.
by H on 8/28/2011 7:16pm
There's one meaning of this song to Bjork. And there's a personal meaning to everyone that listens to it.
by Bjork's conscience on 11/25/2011 7:29pm
I think the clue is in the title. A ballad is generally a love song, Hyper is a term used to express extreme. It's a song about extreme love. Simple.
by Genvieve on 3/8/2012 12:53pm
Daniel 7/18/2008, 8:48pm - An educated analysis. Are you a psychologist? Thank You for sharing an ensightful interpretation.
H 8/28/2011, 7:16pm - true
by Hannah on 4/30/2012 7:44pm
I started humming this song to myself at work today, I've never looked at the lyrics before. I read them and it describes just how I'm feeling.
Loved but not understood. I don't think anyone can really, properly understand another person. Some people find that hurtful, that you can keep a part of yourself separate and secret just for you. The part that has all your neuroses in.
I think she throws things off the mountain to see what happens when something breaks, it pulls out those negative feelings so she can feel the good more brightly, and that's when she can be with him.
by Moskus on 7/9/2012 12:32pm
Don`t interpret. Enjoy =o)
by G. Orch on 11/4/2012 4:10pm
Positive changes happen when you love somebody.
by Rinny on 1/10/2013 10:56pm
She throws these things off the mountain instead of herself... She releases the challenges and weight of her own barriers each morning to be able to be the person she is to this person she loves. Instead of suicide she throws the objects because she is fighting for her thoughts because she loves them. Very beautiful song!!!
by David S. on 1/17/2013 6:23pm
I totally agree with Daniel and would say it's a metaphor on heaven and how even in paradise you still need the bad to remember you how lucky you are.
by Noel on 1/24/2013 3:14pm
She is doing it because she is bored in that safe relationship. She needs some thrill because everything is just too perfect. She goes to the cliffs tossing down stuff to remind her there is something really dangerous right next to her pretty perfect world and that it all could end pretty quick and violently. So she can go back home appreciating that flawless existence.
by Florian on 2/3/2013 3:07am
Beautiful.
by Andres on 10/17/2013 7:46am
I think all the song is about she enjoys realizing that Everythjng is so fragile, but she is safe with her love... Is kind Of a obsession, she imagine what would happen with her if she falls as the things... But she is happy not to be those things, she is safe with her love... And Of course i think all this is just symbolic.


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