Song of the Week: Bjork “Army of Me” and a response poem: “An Army of Me Met Met at the Door”

An Army of Me Met Met at the Door

An army of me met me at the door
and kicked me in the balls
so hard they rolled off my tongue
like ben wa and dropped
like a teenager’s waking up one morning
with a sticky surprise

An army of me met me at the door
and laughed in my face
until i had to laugh right along with me
ha ha ha, roll on the floor, jackass
and look at the teenager you became
30 years after it was hip

An army of me met me at the door
and came in for a scotch
he had it neat, i had it messy
with ice that melted
into a puddle deep enough
to go and drown a little sorrow

An army of me met me at the door
and we decided to hang out a bit
turns out he was good company
and so we decided to become one
and just get on with it:
the rescue squad was exhausted.

My voice:

Last week, I skipped the Song of the Week, it remains brewing under the surface and will emerge eventually; the song, the narrative of the poem, just not ready to write it yet. This week, another old friend returns, Bjork, last seen around these parts singing along to a poem inspired by Venus as a Boy. It will turn up again. This week, Bjork’s Army of Me meets me at the door and has a few words. This song comes from her excellent second album, Post … and there may be some more material there to mine…

Please enjoy.

The song:

The lyrics:
Songwriters: Bjork Gudmundsdotter / Graham Vernon Massey

Stand up
You’ve got to manage
I won’t sympathize
Anymore

And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me

You’re alright
There’s nothing wrong
Self sufficiency please!
And get to work

And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me

You’re on your own now
We won’t save you
Your rescue squad
Is too exhausted

And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me
And if you complain once more
You’ll meet an army of me

Army of Me lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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