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When I Grow Up

by Fever Ray

When I grow up
I want to be a forester
Run through the moss on high heels
That’s what I’ll do
Throwing out a boomerang
Waiting for it to come back to me

When I grow up
I want to live near the sea
Crab claws and bottles of rum
That’s what I’ll have
Staring at a seashell
Waiting for it to embrace me

I put my soul into what I do
Last night I drew a funny man
With dog eyes and a hanging tongue
It goes way back
I’ve never liked that sad look
From someone who wants to be loved by you

I’m very good with plants
When my friends are away
They let me keep the soil moist
On the seventh day I rest
For a minute or two
Then back on my feet to call for you

You’ve got cucumbers on your eyes
Too much time spent on nothing
Waiting for a moment to arise
The face in the ceiling
And arms too long
I’m waiting for him to catch me


I first heard Fever Ray’s other song Keep The Streets Empty For Me in Red Riding Hood. It was dreamy and haunting with a tinge of bittersweet dark (just like dark chocolate), the kind of music I like. I love the voice too. And it was perfect for the mood of the movie, which incidentally was directed by Catherine Hardwicke. I recognised her style easily (I hadn’t known she was the director when I booked my ticket) — very Twilight, which I liked very very much :-)

So I downloaded the album, also named Fever Ray. It was released on 18 May 2009 as the debut solo of  Karin Dreijer Andersson. She was formerly from the electropop duo The Knife. After the success of their critically acclaimed album Silent Shout in 2006 (another great album), she took a break to have her second child.

But Karin continued writing and this is what was said about her style, on her website:

Small wonder the post-natal period proved so fertile. She composes best in that state any new parent will recognise, awake but exhausted, where reality blurs into imagination and ideas flutter in and out. “Half of what the songs are about is the subconscious,” she says, “ideas of things happening. A lot of it is like daydreaming, dreaming when you’re awake, but tired; a lot of stories come from that world. I try to write when I‘m in that state…. I like to keep it as minimal as possible…. It’s very important to keep the magic and the feeling of something you can draw yourself. You don’t want to be too literal.”

I guess that’s why I prefer writing in the early hours of the morning, and often way past the point when my eyes are already half-closed. Though sometimes, it’s because of the generous helpings of Baileys. Hic! Heh.


Written by The Intimate Stranger

March 29th, 2011 at 10:24 am

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