''There’s an epic continuity between ‘Human Behaviour’, ‘Isobel’ and ‘Bachelorette’. In ‘Human Behaviour’, she’s a little girl. In ‘Isobel’, she moves to the big city and big lights. On Bachelorette, Isobel decides to return to the city. It’s like the sequel to her story. She goes back to the city by train, which is why the beats of the song are like a train, and she prepares to confront all the people that she loves with love. It’s a disarming confrontation.'' - Bjork
Because I wanted the lyrics to be so epic, I got my friend Sjón – who's a poet in Iceland – to write them. We sat together at the kitchen table and drank a lot of red wine and I told him the whole story for hours and days and he wrote the words from that story. - Bjork
It’s basically a character I invented called Isobel. She functions with her intuition which isn’t very good in cities and crashes with a lot of ill-behaved people. In ‘Bachelorette’ she takes over and trees grow over the city. It’s part autobiography part storytelling. - Bjork
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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