I saw Bon Iver in concert last night! The band is currently touring their most recent album, self-titled “Bon Iver.”
I was pretty anxious walking in to the theater for the show. I knew something crazy was gonna happen…
I fell in love.
It sounds weird, but Bon Iver made me fall in love again. It was one song in particular that I was like “shit, what the *(#*$ was that?” It was if something had hit me across the face and woke me up. As if a little butterfly was rummaging around in my stomach. It was one song. One song made me feel that way! I was completely lost in the moment, and at the end of the song, realized I was holding my breath, and felt the feelings and emotions that I associate with love. Ooh lala!
I’m not gonna speculate on the meaning of the song, but instead, post it below with the lyrics, and let you interpret it for yourself. I would listen a couple times through without reading the lyrics, to get the vibe of the song, and then read the lyrics. Feel free to comment with what this song means to you or how it makes you feel. Does it remind you of someone or something? Maybe it just reminds you of an object or a color (red? ha), or makes you feel a certain way. The song has no clear meaning, and maybe the lyrics will confuse you and instruments and melodies will spark something inside you. I think the best songs are written with intention and specificity, but leave the door of interpretation wide freakin open. I’m curious to know what you think…here it is:
Well I met you at the blood bank We were looking at the bags Wondering if any of the colors Matched any of the names we knew on the tags You said see look it that's yours Stacked on top with your brothers See how they resemble one anothers? Even in their plastic little covers And I said I know it well That secret that you know That you don't know how to tell it f--ks with your honor And it teases your head But you know that its good girl Cause its running you with red. Then the snow started falling We were stuck out in your car You were rubbing both my hands Chewing on a candy bar you said ain't this just like the present To be showing up like this As the moon waned to crescent we started to kiss And I said I know it well That secret that we know That we don't know how to tell I'm in love with your honor I'm in love with your cheeks what's that noise up the stairs baby Is that Christmas morning creaks? And I know it well (8x)
“Music tells no truths.” ~Philip James Bailey