Declare Independence

Paroles

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

- Justice-

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

- Justice -

Start your own currency
Make your own stamp
Protect your language

- Justice -

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

Make your own flag
Make your own flag
Make your own flag
Make your own flag

Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

Damn colonists
Ignore their patronizing
Tear off their blindfold
Open their eyes

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

With a flag and a trumpet
Go to the top
Of your highest mountain

And raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>
Raise your flag <higher higher>

Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you
Declare independence
Don’t let them do that to you

Raise the flag


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Infos

Sortie Décembre 2007 3ème Single de Volta

Musique

Ecriture | Production : Mark Bell & Björk
Programmation, Edition & Ingénieur du son : Damian Taylor, Mark Bell & Björk
Cuivres : Sample de Drawing Restraint 9

Graphisme

Photo : Inez+Vinoodth
Design : M/M (Paris)

Björk, à propos du titre

Declare Independence is very confrontational...
For me, every time its starts I just burst laughing. I’m finding a lot of people don’t take it that way, which is okay. I seem to have a warped sense of humor that me and my three friends can understand, it’s very local. This one dress, for example... But I guess it’s sort of taking the piss of being myself, feeling that confrontational. I wanted the lyric to be a mix of like if you’re saying to your friend, who happens to be going out with a terrible boyfriend, and you say to the girl, "Declare independence ! Don’t let them do that to you !" [laughs] I just thought it’s so extreme, and so ridiculous to say. You know, "Make your own stamp ! Start your own currency !"

And on the other hand, you can take that concept completely different. There’s this big thing you hear in the papers always in Iceland, that we were a Danish colony for like 600 years, and we got independence only half a century ago. And there’s still two Danish colonies, which is Farore Islands and Greenland. They’re still trying to get independent, and it’s just not happening. Greenland almost got independent, but then the Danish found oil there, so... It’s not gonna happen. [laughs] It’s sort of maybe a little bit of an anthem written to Greenland. »
source : interview XFM, 05/04/2007


Volta était avant tout combatif, « sur les indépendances, la volonté, la revendication. » En Chine, le tube Declare independence, chanté pour le Tibet, avait fortement déplu aux autorités. Elle rit. « A la fin de la tournée, je n’en pouvais plus de jouer Declare independence tous les soirs ! J’avais envie de trouver des solutions. lire la suite....


Yours have always seemed to be the politics of the human spirit—that the world can be changed by not being afraid to be an individual. But Declare Independence seems to be railing with a bit more of a punk sense of defiance. Can you describe your emotional zeitgeist ?

« Maybe I felt that up to here things would be okay and the ’good’ would win in the end if only it persists. But things are not looking so good right now. It is time to go up on a mountain with a flag and a trumpet and insist on justice. »
source : Army of She : Planting Flags with Bjork, 24/04/2007


HARP : What made you come up with “Damn colonists/Ignore their patronizing/Tear off their blindfolds/Open their eyes ?”

« The oppressors did. All oppressors ; men and women and countries. Emotionally it is about justice, the subject matter. It’s not so far away from Aretha’s “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” »
source : harp magazine, 01/11/2007


« ’Declare Independence’ could just as well be written to a girl in a bad relationship. It is not about party politics. » Björk Under The Radar Magazine, 2008

Vidéo

Réalisation : Michel Gondry

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Remix

Declare Independence (Black Pus Remix) 8:47 Brian Chippendale
Declare Independence (Ghostigital in deep end dance 12" remix) 2:52 Ghostigital
Declare Independence (Mark Stent instrumental) 4:14 Mark ’Spike’ Stent
Declare Independence (Mark Stent mix - non album mix) 4:16 Mark ’Spike’ Stent
Declare Independence (Matthew Herbert 12" mix) 5:24 Matthew Herbert

Formats

Boxset

Vinyl 1
A1. Declare Independence – Ghostigital 12"
B1. Declare Independence – Mark Stent Mix

Vinyl 2
C1. Declare Independence – Matthew Herbert 12"
D1. Declare Independence – Mark Stent Instrumental

CD
01. Declare Independence – Ghostigital 12"
02. Declare Independence – Mark Stent Mix
03. Declare Independence – Matthew Herbert 12"
04. Declare Independence – Mark Stent Instrumental

DVD
01. Declare Independence - Video

CD Promo

01. Declare Independence – Black Pus remix (Brian Chippendale)