Bjork performed the song at the Olympic opening ceremony
immediately following the Parade of Nations for an estimated broadcast audience of 4.5 billion. Speaking before her performance, she said:
"I am incredibly honored to have been asked to write a song and sing it at the Olympics. The song is written from the point of view of the ocean that surrounds all the land and watches over the humans to see how they are doing after millions of years of evolution. It sees no borders, different races or religion which has always been at the core of these."