I've Seen It All

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"I've Seen It All"
Promotional single by Björk featuring Thom Yorke from the album Selmasongs
Released 2000
Format Promo CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Trip hop, baroque pop
Length 5:29
Label One Little Indian
Writer Björk
Lars von Trier
Producer Björk
Selmasongs track listing
"I've Seen It All"

"I've Seen It All" is a song by Icelandic singer Björk, with lyrics by Sjón and Lars von Trier. It was released as the first promotional single from the Dancer in the Dark soundtrack, Selmasongs. The song features vocals from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Lyrically, it speaks of one coming to terms with the fact that they are going blind.


There are several variations of this track:

  • The album version from the soundtrack album Selmasongs is a duet with Thom Yorke and Björk.
  • The film version performed in the film Dancer in the Dark is a duet with actor Peter Stormare and Björk.
  • Bjork's solo live version, heard throughout various tours, features Bjork singing the song in its entirety by herself.

Additionally, when the song was performed on the 73rd Academy Awards presentation, it was heavily edited and ran just over three minutes. The song is covered by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy on Ask Forgiveness.

Music videos[edit]

There are three music videos for this single.

The main version of the video is an excerpt from the film Dancer in the Dark in which Björk, Peter Stormare and others sing the song on a train.

The second version was directed by Floria Sigismondi and was an interactive "webeo" (a web animation) for an MTV promotion. Björk appeared with her face painted and the viewer could change the scenes and special effects by clicking on the video.

A third version was going to be directed by M/M Paris, but there were several problems with the distribution of the song, and finally the video was cancelled. Later, the idea for this video was used for the "Hidden Place" video.[1]

Live performances[edit]

"I've Seen It All" was performed by Björk and Brodsky Quartet for the very first time on December 1999 at Union Chapel, Islington, almost one year before Selmasongs was released. Björk performed "I've Seen It All" at the 73rd Academy Awards, where "I've Seen It All" was nominated for Best Original Song, with a 55-piece orchestra wearing her swan dress. She said before performing on the show, "I'm really excited [to perform]. I won many awards [and] I've been to a lot of [award] shows. This is the most exciting one for me. I'm not just gonna go and grab a fancy frock. It's about singing, so it's a completely different headspace, which is sort of why I'm doing it. I'm really excited. Really, really excited".[2] Billboard ranked it as the ninth "most awesome" Oscar performance of all time, saying that Björk's "outfit may have cemented her place in Oscar lore, but Bjork's performance was just as memorable, and refreshingly unconventional".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

"I've Seen It All" has been performed by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy in Ask Forgiveness.

The song was sampled by Specii in the song Vezi.


  1. ^ "Hidden Place". bjork.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  2. ^ http://www.mtv.com/bands/archive/b/bjork01/index2.jhtml#oscar
  3. ^ Staff, Billboard (February 24, 2012). "10 Awesome Oscar Live Performances". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 

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