Cocoon (Björk song)

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Single by Björk
from the album Vespertine
B-side "Amphibian"
Released March 11, 2002 (UK)
Format CD, DVD
Genre Electronica, glitch, lowercase
Length 4:30 (album version)
3:34 (radio edit)
Label One Little Indian
Writer(s) Björk, Thomas Knak
Producer(s) Björk, Thomas Knak
Björk singles chronology
"Pagan Poetry"
"It's in Our Hands"
Alternative covers
DVD single cover

"Cocoon" was the third and final single from singer Björk's album Vespertine. It was written by Björk and Thomas Knak, and mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent. The song is a low-key musing about a girl basking in the glow of a romance that has taken her by surprise, and includes frank sexual narrative related both explicitly and through euphemism and metaphor. The single peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.


Discussing the glitch sound of the song, Björk said: "when you take technology and use the areas where it breaks, where it’s faulty, you’re entering a mystery zone where you can’t control it."[1]

Music video[edit]

Björk in the surreal music video for "Cocoon."

The music video was nearly as controversial as the previous one for "Pagan Poetry". The "Cocoon" video was directed by Eiko Ishioka. It shows Björk, apparently naked (though actually wearing a very close fitting 'nude' body suit), with her hair styled to resemble a geisha. She is on her own under a simple spotlight, before red threads start emerging from out of her nipples. Throughout the video, she is found playing with the threads before they eventually develop a cocoon around her, until she is completely cocooned. Like the video for "Pagan Poetry", it was banned from prime-time MTV.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Cocoon" – 4:30
  2. "Pagan Poetry" (Music Box) – 3:00
  3. "Sun in My Mouth" (Recomposed by Ensemble) – 3:10


  1. "Cocoon" (radio edit) – 3:34
  2. "Aurora" (Music Box) – 1:08
  3. "Amphibian" – 4:35


  1. "Cocoon"
  2. "Pagan Poetry" (Music Box)
  3. "Sun in My Mouth" (Recomposed by Ensemble)


Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 35
French Singles Chart 61
Spanish Singles Chart 8


  1. ^ "Cocoon". Archived from the original on August 20, 2005. Retrieved July 31, 2014.