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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'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
    I think this song is either about seeing a friend or oneself change and go down the wrong path. The "miles, miles, miles" part makes me think that he can see where his destiny was headed. Maybe he didn't like where it was going. The part, "now to know it my memory", I think it could either mean he could not bear to remember his past or simply can't remember it possibly because of drug abuse. This song makes me sad but it's very meaningful.
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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 about broken dreams. The dream of early youth, to find the love of your love only to find that it doesn't last. To find that you've hit rock bottom and off on your own. I could see miles, miles, miles means the emptiness that comes from the dissillution of this experience. This is referenced as halloween as a metaphor for autumn which comes with the fall and morphing of nature around us. When the beauty of color is lost and nothing is left but empty branches.
    The second part references winter or christmas. The cold and lost of innocence and youth. The reference to his brother stands for the family essence as in the end everyone can leave but your brother, tangled spines, will never leave your side. Together both stare out into the emptiness of what is left from life.
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