Björk maakte op het album gebruik van de vocale vaardigheden van keelzangeres Tagaq, hiphop beatboxer Rahzel, de Japanse beatboxer Dokaka, avant-rocker Mike Patton, Soft Machine drummer en zanger Robert Wyatt, en verschillende koren. Björk maakte overigens opnieuw gebruik van een gedicht van de dichter E. E. Cummings, dit maal voor het nummer “Sonnets/Unrealities XI”.

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Playlist


Björk's CD Medulla

01 Pleasure Is All Mine
02 Show Me Forgiveness
03 Where Is The Line?
04 Vökuró
05 Öll Birtan
06 Who Is It
07 Submarine
08 Desired Constellation
09 Oceania
10 Sonnets / Unrealities XI
11 Ancestors
12 Mouth’s Cradle
13 Miðvikudags
14 Triumph Of A Heart

01 Pleasure Is All Mine


The pleasure is all mine
to get to be
the generous one
is the strongest stance

The pleasure is all mine
to finally let go
and evenly
be flown

Who gives most
Who gives most
Who gives most

The pleasure is all mine
women like us
we strengthen most
host-like

When in doubt: give
When in doubt: give
When in doubt: give

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02 Show Me Forgiveness


Show me forgiveness
for having lost faith in myself
and let my own interior up
to inferior forces
the shame is endless
but if soon start forgiveness
the girl might live

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03 Where Is The Line?


Where is the line with you
where is the — line – with you
where is the line with you
where is the — line – with you

My purse wide open
you ask again
I see the crime and
cash into
accounts
everywhere

Where is the line with you
where is the line — with you
where is the — line – with you
where is the — line with you

I want to be flexible
I want to go out of my way for you
but enough is enough

Where is the line with you
where is the — line with you
where is the line with you
where is the — line – with you

I am elastic
I want to
go out of my way for you
I want to
help
help you

Where is the line with you
where is the line – with you
where is the — line – with you
where is the — line – with you

I want to
have
capacity
for you and be elastic
love
to be elastic
e-la-stic for

Where is the line with you
where is the — line with you
where is the line with you
where is the line with you
where is the line – with you
where — is the line with you

I’m elastic for you
but enough is enough

Where is the line with you
where — is the line with you
where is the — line with you
oh

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04 Vökuró


Bærinn minn
bærinn minn og þinn
sefur sæll í kyrrð
fellur mjöll
hljótt í húmi á jörð
grasið mitt
grasið mitt og þitt
geymir mold til vors

Hjúfrar lind
leynt við brekkurót
vakir eins og við
lífi trútt
kyrrlátt kalda vermsl
augum djúps
útí himinfyrrð
starir stillt um nótt

Langt í burt
vakir veröld stór
grimmum töfrum tryllt
eirðarlaus
óttast nótt og dag
augu þín
óttalaus og hrein
brosa við mér björt

Vonin mín
blessað brosið þitt
vekur ljóð úr værð
hvílist jörð
hljóð í örmum snæs
liljuhvít
lokar augum blám
litla stúlkan mín

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05 Öll Birtan


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06 Who Is It


His embrace : a fortress
it fuels me and places
a skeleton of trust
right beneath us
bone by bone
stone by stone

If you ask yourself
patiently
and carefully:
who is it?
who is it?

Who is it – that never lets you down?
Who is it – that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are
they’re going around
now they’re handing it over
they’re handing it over
handing it over

Who is it – that never lets you down?
Who is it – that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are
they’re going around
now — they’re handing it over
handing it over

He demands a closeness
we all have earned a lightness
carry my joy on the left
carry my pain on the right

If you ask yourself
now patiently
and carefully:
who is it?

Who is it – that never lets you down?
Who is it – that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are
they’re going around
and I’m handing it over
handing it over
handing

Who is it – that never lets you down?
Who is it – that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are
they’re going around
now I’m handing it over
handing it over
his embrace, a fortress
it fuels me
and places
a skeleton of trust
right beneath us
bone by bone
stone by stone
if you ask yourself patiently and carefully:
who is it?
who is it that never lets you down?
who is it that gave you back your crown?
and the ornaments are going around
now they’re handing it over
handing it over
he demands a closeness
we all have earned a lightness
carry my joy on the left
carry my pain on the right

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07 Submarine


When will it be time
to document
– do it now!
this submarine behaviour
– do it now!
when time?
to return
– do it now!
– do it now!
shake us out of the heavy deep sleep
– shake us now!
– do it now!
– do it now!
shake us out of the heavy deep sleep
– do it now!

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08 Desired Constellation


It’s tricky when
you feel someone
has done
something on your behalf

It’s slippery when
your sense of justice
murmurs underneath

And is asking you:
How am I going to make it right?
How am I going to make it right?

With a palm full of stars
I throw them like dice
(repeatedly)

On the table
(repeat – repeatedly)
I shake them like dice
and throw them on the table
repeatedly
(repeatedly)
until the desired constellation appears

How am I going to make it right?
How am I going to make it right?
How am I going to make it right?

(And you hear: how am I going to make it right?)

How am I going to make it right?
How am I going to make it right?

(How am I going to make it right?)

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09 Oceania


One breath away
from Mother Oceania
your nimble feet make prints
in my sand

You have done
good for yourselves
since you left my wet embrace
and crawled ashore

Every boy is a snake is a lily
every pearl is a lynx is a girl

Sweet like harmony
made into flesh
you dance by my side
children sublime

You show me continents
– I see the islands
you count the centuries
– I blink my eyes

Hawks and sparrows
race in my waters
stingrays are floating
across the sky

Little ones
– my sons and my daughters
your sweat is salty – I am why
I am why
I am why
your sweat is salty – I am why
I am why
I am why

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10 Sonnets / Unrealities XI


It may not always be so;
and I say
and if your lips
which I have loved
should touch another’s
and your dear strong fingers clutch
her heart
as mine in time
not far away;

If on another’s face your sweet hair lay
in such a silence
as I know,
or such great writhing words
as, uttering overmuch,
stand helpelessly before the spirit at bay;

If this should be,
I say
if this should be
you of my heart
send me a little word;
that I may go
unto her
and take her hands,
saying;

Accept all happiness from me

Then I shall turn my face
and hear one bird
sing terribly afar
in the lost lands

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11 Ancestors


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12 Mouth’s Cradle


There is yet
another one
that follows me
wherever I go
and supports me
ah, this tooth is warmthlike
this tooth is warmthlike
this tooth is warmthlike

And these teeth
are
a ladder up to his mouth
all these teeth are a ladder
that I walk
that you can walk to
if you want
if you want, up to
the mouth, mouth’s cradle
up to the mouth’s cradle

He always has a hope for me
always sees me when nothing else
and everyone have left
can care
that ghost is brighter than anyone
and fulfills me with hope
those beams assure me

And you can use
these teeth
as a
ladder up to
mouths cradle
the mouths cradle
and you can follow
these notes I’m singing
up to the mouth’s cradle
the mouth’s cradle

The simplicity of the ghostlike beast
the purity of what he wants
and where it goes
always love
always loves you
always loves with : infrared love

And you can use
those teeth
as a ladder up to
mouth’s cradle
mouth’s cradle
you can use
those teeth
follow my voice
tooth by tooth
up to the
mouth’s cradle
the mouth’s cradle

I need a shelter to build an altar
away from all the Osama’s and Bushes

I need a shelter to, to build an altar
away from all the Osama’s and Bushes

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13 Miðvikudags


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14 Triumph Of A Heart


The nerves are sending
shimmering signals
all through my fingers
the veins support
blood that gushes
pulsively towards

The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all
The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all

The stubborn trunks
of these legs of mine
serve as pathways
for my favourite fuel
heading upwards towards
my kidneys

The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all
The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all

Smooth
soft, red
velvety lungs
are pushing a network
of oxygen joyfully
through a nose
through a mouth
but all enjoys
all enjoys

The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all
The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all
The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all
The triumph of a heart – that gives all : that gives all

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