define her abyss
show it respect
then a celestial nest
will grow above

when i’m broken i am whole
and when i’m whole i’m broken

our mother’s philosophy
it feels like quicksand
and if she sinks
i’m going down with her

locate her black lake
the steam from this pit
will form a cloud
for her to love on

when she’s broken she is whole
and when she’s whole she’s broken

our mother’s philosophy
it feels like quicksand
and if she sinks
i’m going down with her

hackle this darkness
up to the light
we choreograph oxygen
embroiders the air

when we’re broken we are whole
and when we’re whole we’re broken

we are the siblings of the sun
lets step into this beam
every time you give up
you take away our future
and my continuity and my daughter’s

and her daughter
and her daughter
and her daughter

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Production : Björk
Ecriture : Björk
Composition : Björk et Spaces
Programmation : Björk, Arca, The Haxan Cloak et Spaces
Ingénieurs du son : Chris Elms, Frank Arthur Blöndahl Cassata et Bart Migal
Mixage : The Haxan Cloak

Björk à propos du titre

I’d been trying to put some beats to Quicksand and nothing worked,” Björk says. “It’s a song about my mother who had a heart attack and she was in a coma for six days – she’s much better now – so it’s in a different category to all my other songs because I’d never written a song about my mother before.
“I heard John’s beat online and I knew immediately that it would fit exactly with the song. I contacted him and it was very awkward because I had never worked like this before. I said to him, ‘it seems like I’ve made a mash-up of your song and my song and this is what we got. Are you okay with this, can I release it, how do you feel about this ?’ John said yes and we put it on the album. I was really lucky that he was up for it.

Irish Times, Mars 2015

A propos du titre

Le morceau le plus ancien sur Vulnicura, nouvel album de Björk, se nomme Quicksand. Il a été écrit il y a 4 ans, quand la mère de Björk a eu une crise cardiaque qui l’a plongée dans un coma pendant une semaine. Sa mère est guérie, mais dans cette course à sa maladie, une suite de révélations à propos de sa santé - dyslexie non diagnostiquée, un état cardiaque non détecté et les séquelles d’une infection de la polio dans sa jeunesse - ont donné à sa fille un nouveau sens à sa vision du monde sur la femme qui l’a élevé.

New York Times - Janvier 2015

“It’s my turn or something, and then I have to deal with it — the black lake in me,” she said. “Because when a relationship falls apart, you have to. . . . It’s pretty hard-core stuff.”

New York Times, Janvier 2015