This song is about Björk's need to maintain emotional balance and re-awaken life's pleasant danger in the context of a long-term relationship. This lyrics suggest a discomfort with being in overly safe in a relationship. Björk says: "Hyper-Ballad is about being in a relationship and three years on, you're not high anymore, so you wake up early in the morning and you sneak outside and you do something horrible and destructive, break whatever you can find, watch a horrible film, read a bit of William Burroughs, something really gross and come home and be like 'Hi honey, how are you?'"
Suggestion credit: Michael - London, England
Björk describing her songwriting technique in Q Magazine October 2007: "I feel that words can have a mysticism or a hidden meaning. On 'Hyperballad,' the idea that I'm throwing car parts from a cliff is about getting out my frustrations."
Michel Gondry directed the music video, which features Björk as a video game character. The French filmmaker did several of Björk's videos, including "Declare Independence" and "Bachelorette."