“Sigur 4 (Untitled)” :: Sigur Rós
from the album Untitled or () (2002)
About the Song
“Sigur 4 (Untitled)” is the fourth track from Sigur Rós’ third album, also untitled. The band refers to the song as “Njósnavélin”, which translates to “The Spy Machine.”
The song’s lyrics are made up of what lead singer Jón Þór Birgisson (“Jónsi”)refers to as “Hopelandic”, a made-up language consisting of gibberish words.
The song, along with “Svefn-g-englar,” from Sigur Rós’ debut album, Ágætis byrjun was featured in the 2001 film “Vanilla Sky”, ten months before the album’s release.
I woke with this song in my head, though I was unsure which of the tracks it was., or what album it was on. I remembered that it was in “Vanilla Sky”, and I also recalled that I’d started a playlist off with it once.
Though the song is in “Hopelandic”, I always felt that they were singing the word “desire”. I just read somewhere online that listeners are often stating words/lyrics they think they are hearing in the songs. One such listener wrote that they thought the repeated lyric, the one I often think is “desire”, is “you sail on”.
Perhaps this is a perception thing, filtered by what is a truth to the listener at the time of hearing, or re-hearing, the song.
What do you hear?
“Sigur 4 (Untitled)” (live)