Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sunday Sabbath Poetry: Justin Vernon

I'm late with my best albums from 2009, but one of the surprises last year was Bon Iver's EP Blood Bank, whose last song "Woods" is below. After the earthy acoustics and echoed atmospherics of his debut For Emma, Forever Ago, to come upon an AutoTune-infused ballad based on a four-line poem repeated in a loop was, to say the least, a bit jarring. But after multiple listens, the song has grown on me immensely, and I find the words intriguing and wonderfully generative. I've embedded the song below for your listening pleasure.

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By Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver)

I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind
I'm building a sill
To slow down the time


  1. I'd never listened to Bon Iver's music, but I was surprised about the poem. Thank you so much for the information, I guess I will makea couple of downloads right now.

  2. "I'm building a "still"...not sill...