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Bon Iver – Holocene lyrics

"someway, baby, it's part of me, apart from me"
You're laying waste to Halloween
You fucked it friend, it's on it's head, it struck the street
You're in Milwaukee, off your feet

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent
Strayed above the highway aisle
Jagged vacance, thick with ice
But I could see for miles, miles, miles

3rd and Lake it burnt away, the hallway
Was where we learned to celebrate
Automatic bought the years you'd talk for me
That night you played me 'Lip Parade'
Not the needle, nor the thread, the lost decree
Saying nothing, that's enough for me

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent
Hulled far from the highway aisle
Jagged vacance, thick with ice
And I could see for miles, miles, miles

Christmas night, it clutched the light, the hallow bright
Above my brother, I and tangled spines
We smoked the screen to make it what it was to be
Now to know it my memory

... and at once I knew I was not magnificent.
High above the highway aisle
(Jagged vacance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

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  • u
    Its a freaking car crash. Come on. They got in a car crash coming home from halloween(hence the highway aisle) and the rest of the verses are him remembering his life. The choruses are him slowly losing life, the first (strayed away from the highway aisle) is right after the crash. The second (hulled) is when someone pulls him away from the wreckage. The third (high above) is when he is gone. In each chorus he describes the highway saying: "jagged vacance, thick with ice", its dangerous. And when he's losing his life he realizes he wasnt important at all, but that one was pretty easy. Done. Youre welcome.
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  • u
    It seems to be a remembrance of a life.
    And then he realized that the world is much larger than simply one person. While he was separated from the "highway aisle" (the city), it gave him time to think and contemplate this. He could "see for miles, miles, miles" and understand the world around better and see that there was always something more.
    3rd and lake was a college house that burnt down, in what was his hometown. He sings that it was "where we learned to celebrate" â€" where many great memories were created. The burning of 3rd and lake reminded him of all the years that 'you' spent together, and how well 'you' knew each other.
    The depression seemed to dim all happiness, even the characteristic joy of the christmas holiday, for the artistâ€" and it made it hard to distinguish the bad things (tangled spines) from the good (brother) because everything was covered over by the same "screen" that was "smoked" with their refusal to recognize it for what it was.
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  • u
    When you realize, that you're a part of something bigger than yourself, your own problems appear no longer relevant. It does not matter where you failed in your personal life. All your problems vanish, when you look out into the vast space - and jagged vacance? - of mountains. There's only you, the nature - maybe mountains - and your memory. But there's no remorse, no guilt in you. In this moment of clarity you feel the peace of the nature.
    I love the melancholy of this song and the humility in "saying nothing, that's enough for me". I can't get enough of its mood. Thank you, bon iver!
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  • u
    It's a juxtaposition of common and surprising transcendent moments that reveal to us how small we are. Yet this realization of our own loss of magnificence is somehow ennobling and beautiful. How does looking at a long jagged and iced street create such a feeling of wonder? Why does looking into the gran canyon make you feel more and not less alive? Because we are not the center of the universe. When we remember this, we actually feel more at home in this world. Great song.
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  • u
    The melody of this song is absolutely beautiful and thoughtful! Listening to this song make me want to write or do something profound! I noticed the song is called holocene which according to google is the name geologist have given to the time period we live in now and over the past 10, 000 years (. If you believe the earth has been around for that long.) so basically holocene is the earth around you. So I think the writer took a good look at what made up the world around him (the people, the places, the memories- certian moments in his life) and found something truly greater than himself. And I think the music an lyrics, and even the video, inspire us to do the same.
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