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 real 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

and 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

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Février 1996

4e single de Post


Written by : Björk
Production : Nellee Hooper & Björk
Recording Engineers : Howie Bernstein & Steve Price
Mix Engineer : Al Stone
Assistant Engineers : Oswald “Wiz” Bowe, Kirsten Cowie, Adrian Scarff & Mark Warner
Keyboards : Björk & Marius De Vries
Programming : Marius De Vries
String Arrangements : Eumir Deodato
Conductor : Eumir Deodato
Orchestral Contractor : Isobel Griffiths
Orchestra Leader : Gavin Wright
Principal Viola : Rob Smissen
Principal Cello : Tony Pleeth

Cover Design : Me Company
Modelling : Cyberscan / 3D imaging
Photography : Toby Mcfarlan Pond

Björk à propos du titre

It was inspired by a situation I saw a lot of my friends get in to. I really like reading magazines about science, you see, and when people fall in love, they make this kind of drug in their bodies so they become addicted to each other physically.
Nature makes things so that the drug lasts for three years, so if they’re together they’re just on a natural high. Nature makes sure that people get three years to sort out if they want to be together for life or not ; that three years is a try out time. Then they wake up and it’s a ’Whoops, what am I doing here ?’ kind of thing ? Then they are forced to sort out if they love the person, like real love, or if it was just a trick.
I just read this article and I looked at all my friends since I was a kid, and I saw that it always happened after three years, it’s so strange. You think you’ve never seen people so much in love and then after three years, like precisely, they ring the phone in the middle of the night and it’s , ’Björk, I’m coming over’ and they come over and say ’I don’t love him, what is it ? I don’t look forward to coming home anymore. What’s wrong ?’ Then at that point I could actually say, ’Well listen, it’s science.’
They get really hurt of course, it’s this David Attenborough dilemma I’ve got, I really want to be him. Another completely different angle on the same thing is when you fall in love with a person, you think that might be the last time, that maybe you will never ever fall in love again, so it becomes a very precious thing to you. So you start showing the person you’re in love with you’re best side only and you keep all your bad parts in the bag behind your back.
For some terrible reason, for which I’m actually a bit pissed off with, is when you fall in love with a person you start to separate into two sides and you’re only sweet with them.
So basically, ’Hyper-ballad’ is about having this kind of bag going on and three years have passed and you’re not high anymore. You have to make an effort consciously and nature’s not helping you anymore. So you wake up early in the morning and you sneak outside and you do something horrible and destructive, break whatever you can find, watch a horrible film, read a bit of William Burroughs, something really gross and come home and be like, ’Hi honey, how are you ?’.

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Eumir Deodato à propos du titre

"I was in Japan and she called me from a studio in Bahamas", recalls Eumir. They met couple of days later in London and the results can be heard in tracks Hyper-Ballad, You’ve Been Flirting Again and Isobel.
Björk : I attempted to make string arrangements, with a lot of help from Eumir. He’s been like a big daddy, letting me experiment with notes but still being there for me when I need him, and sometimes just completely doing it for me.
"She has developed a style and a music that I’ve never heard anything like in my life," says Deodato, who is responsible for some of those string arrangements. "When I heard her material, I freaked out, and I said, ’What are you doing ? This is crazy, this is so difficult, to propose this kind of style to the people.’ But she does, and she’s successful at it. There’s the liberty she takes with melodies and with harmony that sometimes apparently leaves clashes that are not really clashes, they’re concepts. It’s an acoustic principle, but she instinctively goes into that vein, and she blends all these things with a beautiful voice."
Bjork has many enthusiasms, and she pursues them, well, enthusiastically. She is standing slightly pigeon-toed in the engineer’s booth of Angel studios, in Islington, England, regarding the space in which she is shortly to record a new mix of "Isobel." The hem of her long black slip dress is taped up where it had ripped when she stepped on it in her enthusiasm. On the other side of the glass, Deodato is rehearsing a 16-piece string section, counting bars and looking very Dolce Vita. "He’s a legend, Eumir," she says. True, but it is typical of Bjork that she tracked him down because of his work on a little-known song called "Travessia," by Milton Nascimento.
"You’ll listen to it and go, ’OK,’" Bjork says of Nascimento’s song. "Then after one year, it’s your best friend ; after two years, you can’t go a day without hearing it."



Hyperballad (David Morales Classic Mix) 9:11 David Morales
Hyperballad (David Morales Radio Edit) 3:58 David Morales
Hyperballad (Disco Sync Mix) 4:24 LFO
Hyperballad (Girls Blouse Mix) 5:06 Outcast Productions
Hyperballad (LFO 3am Mix) 4:18 LFO
Hyperballad (Live TIbetan Freedom Concert 1997) 6:25 Live
Hyperballad (Morales Boss Dub Mix) David Morales
Hyperballad (Over The Edge Live At Wembley) 5:00 Outcast Productions Live
Hyperballad (Over The Edge Mix) 4:33 Outcast Productions
Hyperballad (Radio Edit) 4:02 Radio
Hyperballad (Robin Hood Riding Through The Glen Mix) 6:32 Howie B.
Hyperballad (Subtle Abuse Mix) 6:57 Outcast Productions
Hyperballad (Tee’s Freeze Mix) 7:19 Todd Terry
Hyperballad (Tee’s Radio Edit) 3:58 Todd Terry
Hyperballad (The Hyperballad Fluke Mix) 6:38 Fluke
Hyperballad (The Stomp Mix) 5:10 LFO
Hyperballad (Tom Apella Mix) Todd Terry
Hyperballad (Towa Tei Choice mix) 8:12 Towa Tei
Hyperballad (Video Edit) 3:59 Video



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