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Bon Iver – Skinny Love lyrics

Come on skinny love just last the year
Pour a little salt we were never here
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

I tell my love to wreck it all
Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Right in this moment this order's tall

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind
And In the morning I'll be with you
But it will be a different "kind"
I'll be holding all the tickets
And you'll be owning all the fines

Come on skinny love what happened here
Suckle on the hope in lite brassiere
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind
And Now all your love is wasted
And Then who the hell was I?
And I'm breaking at the britches
And at the end of all your lines

Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall far behind?

Oooh, Oooh
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh

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  • w
    I think this is about a lost relationship. He's distraught and having suicide-like thoughts, or using suicide imagery as an metaphor for the relationship. "Skinny Love" is the relationship wasting away- wanting to pour salt on the relationship because salt has preserving properties on meat, etc. The sink of blood and crushed veneer might be him breaking the sink and cutting himself out of anger, frustration or angst or even cutting himself intentionally because of the pain. He wants the "ropes" of the relationship cut because he doesn't want to be caught in this pain; and he's saying that's a tall order, because it is impossible for him to forget. He's saying I told you to be "patient, fine, balanced kind" about the relationship. Why couldn't they both have been these things for each other? In the morning when he's with her, it will be a different kind, she'll be holding all the fines; another morbid suicide-like metaphor. He's gone to her, he'll always be in her thoughts but almost haunting because it's partially (or wholly) her fault he's gone. "Suckle" on the hope, it's physically what a child would do- would only have strength for. He's suckling for any hope the relationship isn't over. "Sullen load is full, so slow on the split"- this relationship has/had a lot of baggage, so the break-up is slow and painful. "Now all your love is wasted, and then who the hell was I?"- evokes images of a couple painfully saying these things to each other in their last moments. "Who will love you, fight, fall far behind", perhaps frustrated questions to an ex of "I loved you more than anyone could, no one will have you now".
    Beautiful, beautiful song.
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  • j
    I completely agree with you. I think Bon Iver's lyrics in this song really capture the confusion and hurt he's feeling about this lost relationship. In the 2nd verse he talks about how he's prepared to cut off all ties with this woman, and start a fresh, to then say in the next breath that 'this orders tall', obviously having doubts. This is someone who he is completely inlove with, but just find any common ground with. He wants to let go but just can't. I think in the chorus he's angry, he obviously wanted things to work, he told her to be kind, patient etc. She obviously carried on being volatile and he's angry she didn't change her ways because slowly the relationship is slipping away. This song is really moving and Bon Iver's lyrics are clever with many hidden meanings and connotations. Beautiful song.
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