Music Monday: “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “Skinny Love”
Artist: Bon Iver
Album: For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
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

[Chorus]
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
And I’ll be holding all the tickets
And you’ll be owing all the fines

[Verse 2]
Come on skinny love, what happened here?
Suckle on the hope in light brassieres
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Sullen load is full, so slow on the split

[Chorus]
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

[Outro]
Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall behind?

“Skinny Love”, by Bon Iver, has long been the favorite song of hipsters and indie music enthusiasts for good reason. From an album allegedly written and recorded in a Wisconsin cabin in the wake of a bad breakup, “Skinny Love” makes use of its minimalism to evoke the emotional difficulties of a breakup. With only acoustic guitar and singer Justin Vernon’s falsetto for the beginning of the song, it builds to include percussion in a memorable. Vernon’s break into popularity followed this album, but the simplicity present in these recordings far surpass the more polished and experimental attempts he put out in the following years. A decade since its release, For Emma, Forever Ago remains a masterwork of independent recording and its first single betrays the beauty behind being having a broken heart.

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My vinyl copy of For Emma, Forever Ago; released in 2008.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

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