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Unlike most of the previous songs on Vulnicura, which deal with the tumultuous dissolution of Björk’s relationship with Matthew Barney, “Mouth Mantra”, the eighth and penultimate song on the album, is about a three-week period after vocal surgery in which Björk wasn’t able to speak.

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My throat was stunned
My mouth was so numb
Banned from making noise
I was not hurt
All calmly

My throat feels stunned
I was not allowed
I was not…

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