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Skinny Love Lyrics

Lyrics to Skinny Love :
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...

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    anonymous
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    Aug 30th, 2013 8:28am report


    "Come on skinny love just last the year"

    This statement seems as if his begging what happens to be withering love to last longer than it looks like it will. It could be he hopes with enough time things would get better.

    "Pour a little salt, we were never here"

    Salt is usually used on wounds to help them heal, so he might mean to heal the withering love over this period of time in hopes that everything would get back to as they were before the love withered, like nothing happened ( we were never here).


    "Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer"

    Veneer means a deceptive, superficial show; a facade. The blood could symbolize the sacrifices that have been made over this withering love but even in that it's just an illusion and nothing really has been gained or changed from this. The love continues to wither


    "Tell my love to wreck it all
    Cut out all the ropes and let me fall
    Right in this moment this order's tall"

    This line could be directed to his significant other who probably doesn't have as much hope in the withering love as he does. So his almost sarcastically telling her to wreck it all, all they've been through before the love withered and to throw away the little love they've savored between them. He doesn't want her to but his tired of fighting for what seems to be already dead love, so he just wants to give up and that's all he wants (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"

    In this moment he reflects on how he asked his significant other to be rooted with him through the time he tries to fix their withering love. This almost makes it feel like the reason the love withered is cause of him and he asks his love to understand and stand with him as he tries to make things right. Which goes back to the first line "Come on skinny love just last the year", which he probably asked her to give him time.


    "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"

    This verse implies that after the time his asked to work on their love things will be different (In the morning I'll be with you
    But it will be a different kind) I'll be holding all the tickets means he will own up to his part in the withering love, and the fines his referring too are the things his done wrong in the relationship, his willing to own up to them.

    "Come on skinny love, what happened here?
    We suckled on the hope in lite brassieres
    Sullen load is full, so slow on the split"

    In this verse his asking how their love withered. His remembering the things they or he took for granted (We suckled on the hope in lite brassieres) That it didn't happen over night but it took a number of situations over a period of time to wither there love.

    "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"

    He questions all the love they had for each other, and how she could just throw it away so easily if he had meant so much to her. It gives us the impression that she has indeed decided to walk away and not give him the chance to fix their withering love.

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

    This statement is directed to himself, that if the one he loved could walk away from him after the love they had then who would love him and see him worth fighting for.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 22nd, 2012 2:19pm report


    The song has nothing to do with anorexia or any other kind of illness...Bon Iver himself has told what the song means, and defined skinny love:

    "It’s about that time in a relationship that I was going through; you’re in a relationship because you need help, but that’s not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that’s skinny. It doesn’t have weight. Skinny love doesn’t have a chance because it’s not nourished.”



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    anonymous
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    Nov 23rd, 2011 11:32pm report


    This is one of my favorite songs, and even though it's my favorite, I still don't know if I've completely analyzed it just right. Many people think it's about anorexia or an illness, but I have a different take on it.

    I believe this song is about love that's fading or decaying away. "Skinny" love, as in, there isn't much love left. He wants the love to last, but he knows there isn't much love left to keep. And, since salt has healing properties, he wants to "pour the salt" over the situation to forget he ever loved her at all. "In the morning I'll be with you, but it will be a different 'kind'" could mean that when they wake up, she becomes a different person than the night before. Towards the end of the song, we discover the girl he was in love with wasted his love, although he told her to be patient, fine, balanced, and kind. Based off this, we can assume the girl was a very difficult person to love. He questions who could love someone like that?

    The main reason I don't think it could be about an eating disorder is because he blames her toward the end for wasting his love. This song doesn't struck me quite like that either. And even if it is a song about a girl with an eating disorder, he seems to regret falling in love with her definitely.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 15th, 6:15pm report


    "After losing all his money playing online poker, catching mono and suffering through two breakups (one from his band, one from his girlfriend), Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon hibernated in his father's Wisconsin hunting cabin, where he wrote this ghostly, acoustic indie-folk ballad. Although he admits that "Skinny Love" is mostly about the end of his longtime romance, he explains that the concept behind the song runs deeper that that. "You're in a relationship because you need help, but that's not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that's skinny. It doesn't have any weight," Vernon said. "Skinny love doesn't have a chance because it's not nourished."

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/song-stories/skinny-love-bon-iver



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    Grommom
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    Mar 15th, 2013 3:06am report


    I believe that the song was written about himself, in his addiction, and his girlfriend being desperate to have him be well and balanced. He is hanging on to this woman because she is his security. I view it as though she may be the only thing that has kept him from over dosing or killing himself in his lowest moments. She loves him very deeply and is torn because it is pure torture to be with him while having to constantly take care and watch over him. Never having a worry free moment. Always begging him to get better. He says to just let him go. She knows maybe she should let him go, but loves him so much that the fear of leaving will only speed up his slow suicide. So she lives in pain and terror, worrying about him every second and begging him to hold on and be well. I believe that by skinny he means that he has done so much damage, to the relationship, that there is next to nothing left, as far as ever having a trusting partnership with the correct kind of love. She has taken on more of a parenting role or a caretaker and his love for her is more of a selfish one .. As if she were one of his drugs, that he has to have. Since the drugs have numbed him to being fully aware of how much he's hurt her .. He won't know until he's better, how much he put her through. But she is there and says she will be there still to clean up all the messes, if he'll recover. I'm sure in recovery he learned that he needed to let her go. The passionate love was so "skinny" that it could probably never be recovered.
    She loved him unselfishly and he loved her very selfishly.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 31st, 2013 1:25pm report


    I think this song about a couple that is falling apart because they're together for the wrong reasons. There's no doubt that they love each other, but one of them is emotionally broken, and they are only in a relationship because it makes them feel less broken. Justin Vernon said, "You're in a relationship because you need help, but that's not necessarily why you should be in a relationship, and that's skinny. It doesn't have weight. Skinny love doesn't have a change because it's not nourished."

    "Pour a little salt, we were never here," is about how salt can have healing powers, and that they can just forget that they were ever together to save the heartbreak.

    "In the morning, I'll be with you, but it will be a different kind." I think this line is about how when you wake up next to them, they won't provide that same comfort that they did the night before.

    "Now all your love is wasted, and who the hell was I?" To me, this line is about how he was a different person with her, and that she wasted her time and love on him.

    "I told you to be patient...fine... balanced...kind." I think this is about how he told her to be patient and fine while he wasn't there, or wasn't himself.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 29th, 2013 1:26pm report


    He's just writing catchy rhyming lyrics to fit the melody. Look at the meter, this is like pop 101. All the lyrics people are quoting literally mean nothing to me unless I grope in the dark for some lofty and vague idea. It looks like everyone is putting their own personal stories(which seem youthful and inexperienced)into the lyrics and grasping for something. There isn't any imagery or storyline here, it's a bunch of garbled "I miss you, I kiss you, I'm with you, I get you" type, pop trash. Sorry. Listen to some Dylan folks.

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    anonymous
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    Dec 5th, 2012 12:38pm report


    this is not bon ivers song. its birdy who wrote it. a 16 year old girl. I think it is something to do with illness because of the sink part or maybe its a relationship where one is struggling with a drug problem or a disease of some sort.

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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2012 11:45am report


    I've listened to this song on repeat so many times. I feel like it can speak to everyone, and not just someone suffering from anorexia. This song is about someone who invested their love in another person, but that person betrayed them. In this case it is a boy singing about a girl. Who will love the traitor? No one, because no one wants to fall far behind with her. That's why she will will be stuck owing all the fines. The singer is broken hearted that she didn't listen to his advice, and all her love was wasted... he says, " then who the hell was I?" Questioning what he even meant to her. My My My is repeated to give a sense of grief or disbelief. He was in love with this skinny love, but she was destructive. He is leaving her behind, because he has a ticket. He hasn't done wrong, but she has.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 8th, 2012 11:27am report


    I think it is about some one with a disease like anorexia.
    Come on skinny love just last the year- last the year because that should be enough or to make them continue on, skinny love because they are in love and the person is skinny.
    Pour a little salt we were never here- salt has healing things about it and maybe we were never here could be related to how they got anorexia in the first place.
    Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer- vomiting blood violently
    Tell my love to wreck it all, cut all of the ropes and let me fall- could be the sick person talking, just to wreck it for them, cut the ropes as in pull the tubes outnof them and let them die.
    Right at the moment the orders tall- the order for treatment could be very long so the sick person is giving up.

    I told you to be patient, kind, balanced, fine- telling the sick person to hold and pull through it and to wait for treatment.

    Come on skinny love what happened here- asking the sick person why they've given up.
    Suckle on the hope in light brassier- just have hope
    Sullen load is full so slow on they split- the sick person saying it is near the end and it going to be a one painful death
    I told you to be patient, kind, balanced, fine- telling the sick person to hold and pull through it and to wait for treatment.
    If all you love is wasted then who the hell was I?- if you have given up on yourself and don't love yourself anymore who am I to you?
    Now I'm breaking at the britches, I'm at the end of all you lies- the sick person telling their lover that they are going to die soon and that they have had enough with them saying how they are going to make it, when they know it is the end
    Who will love you? Who will fight? Who will fall far behind? - the person telling the sick person if they don't love themselves who can love them. Who will stay and fight if you don't? Who will fall far behind- who will stop believing in themselves?
    Come on skinny love- come on don't give up hope just pull through.

    It is basically a lover who has got anorexia and is dying and giving up but their parter telling them to not give up and fight.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 28th, 2012 10:04am report


    It´s a song about a relation,
    between an ego and an alter ego?
    Name them you and me,
    as said in the song:
    I told YOU to be patient...

    Attributes are:
    Sink, blood, veneer, ropes, orders, brassiere, britches.
    Attributes not quite common for a love song?
    Sink not source,
    blood not water,
    veneer not tree,
    rope not free,
    orders not dreams?
    And the wording goes on with crushed and wrecked an let it fall?

    It is about dominance:
    One tells the other what to do and how to behave?
    A chain of imperatives in the text?
    One is holding the tickets and one the fines?
    In the morning I will be with you?
    And where have you been at night?

    Read between the lines and listen to the expression of the voice, bit angry and frustrated

    You got it?



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    anonymous
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    Oct 12th, 2012 10:28am report


    Skinny love means nothing.

    There is no hidden meaning.

    The song was made up with no meaning intended.

    The words or sounds of words go together well.

    That's all.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Sep 27th, 2012 9:49am report


    I hope this is a good enough interpretation, though I bet someone else has interpreted this song in the same way!

    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
    (He wishes they could have been more loving, and that their love for each other was replaced with confusion of place, arguments and fights).

    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
    (He tells his lover to end the relationship and forget about him. He then goes on to say that it has become too much of a problem to deal with).

    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
    (They may have broken up, and now he is telling her the things she should be from now on. That she should move on and become a better person).

    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
    (He is saying that they will meet up the next day, but knowing that they are not in a relationship anymore. He then states that she is responsible for the mistakes he made in the past).

    Come on skinny love what happened here
    We suckled on the hope in lite brassieres
    My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
    Sullen load is full, so slow on the split
    (He reminisces about their intimate or sexual relationship, the times she was clad in her underwear. He then goes to to say that the breakup was so heavy and full of emotion that it took so long for the split to happen.)

    And now all your love is wasted
    And then who the hell was I?
    And I'm breaking at the bridges
    And at the end of all your lines
    (He seems disappointed about her, feeling as if he was just being used. Now he just wishes to never speak to her again.)

    Who will love you?
    Who will fight?
    Who will fall far behind?
    Ooh, ooh
    (He then asks her if she will find someone else, who is willing to suffer her existence. Then he wonders if she will suffer herself, slowly realising that he now misses her.

    I hope this is alright. It's not that good, but it is the best I can do!
    x



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    anonymous
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    Sep 26th, 2012 9:30pm report


    I think this song is actually in some ways, him leaving her or him even dying.

    "I'll be with you but it'll be a different kind"



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    anonymous
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    Sep 15th, 2012 9:03pm report


    My interpretation is a little out there. I see it as about a guy who is trying to get someone he loves but she doesn't return his love therefore its 'skinny love' because its only one sided.

    Whenever he is saying 'love' in the song he is speaking of his emotions towards her and not her.

    'Come on skinny love just last the year'
    Wanting to get through a year with the hope that she will still want him.

    "I tell my love to wreck it all
    Cut out all the ropes and let me fall"
    he realizes that it isn't going to work. The ropes are hope.

    The lines
    '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'
    are about himself and how he told himself how to win her over and now he's lamenting not doing it correctly.

    'Come on skinny love what happened here
    We suckled on the hope in lite brassieres'
    Again he's wondering how he messed up so bad 'suckled on the hope'.

    Basically the whole song is a self assessment
    'Who will love you?
    Who will fight?
    Who will fall far behind?
    Ooh, ooh' and at the end he is wondering who will love him.

    It's kind of sad but that's just how I see it.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 3rd, 2012 9:05am report


    "it's about that time in a relationship that I was going through; you're in a relationship because you need help, but that's not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that's skinny. It doesn't have weight. Skinny love doesn't have a chance because it's not nourished." - Justin Vernon.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 2nd, 2012 9:37pm report


    I don't know why I think this, but someone once read this scripture to me that said "...you must be patient and balanced,and you must be kind..."

    And suddenly I thought of Skinny Love. I wonder if it has anything to do with it. Does anyone happen to know what that scripture is at all and if it has any relevance?



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2012 9:54am report


    It doesn't matter what the "correct" interpretation of the song is! What matters is how the song affects you....how you relate to it on your own personal level....what you get out of it, from your own experiences.... that is what makes it such a beautiful song! A million different people can relate to it in a million different ways! Of course it's always nice to know what Bon Iver was thinking when the song was written. So, what does it mean to me? Ha,IT'S PERSONAL!!!



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