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The Five Most Baffling Lines on Bon Iver’s New Album


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Kanye West's BFF Justin Vernon, a.k.a. Bon Iver, is putting out an album called Bon Iver on June 21st. You can hear its first single, the very pretty "Calgary," here. You can learn about how it's a sort-of-concept album where each song is named after a place at Rolling Stone. You can enjoy the fake single cover we made as an homage to West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy series above. And you can read all of its lyrics at Jagjaguwar's site. They are poetic, which is another way of saying "very, very, very hard to understand."

Here are the five passages that would give a freshman writing TA heart palpitations:

"armour let it through, borne the arboretic truth you kept posing
sat down in the suit, fixed on up it wasn't you by finished closing" -- "Minnesota, WI"

is all we know
when thaw
is not below us
no, can't grow up
in that iron ground
Claire, all too sore for sound" -- "Wash."

"errant heat to the star
and the rain let in
the hawser rolls, the vessel's whole and Christ, it's thin" -- "Beth/Rest"

"I'm tearing up, acrost your face
move dust through the light
to fide your name
it's something fane
this is not a place
not yet awake, I'm raised of make" -- "Perth"

"I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for page
hurdle all the waitings up, know it wasn't wedded love
4 long minutes end and it was over it'd all be back
and the frost took up the eyes" -- "Michicant"

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