When I started writing Copland + Bon Iver, I was seeking a lyric that could anchor the piece or serve as a central theme the way “Nobody said it was easy” from “The Scientist” functioned in Beethoven + Coldplay. It turned out that I found several lines, but they did not end up serving as structurally as in aforementioned example. Instead, I added them in atmospherically — like an impressionistic collage — to the very beginning and ending of the Copland, augmenting the already tranquil and meditative tone.

These are those lines of lyric, accompanied by some of my favorite images from Bon Iver’s music videos:

And I can see for miles, and miles, and miles...

'm up in the woods... I'm down on my mind...

Come on, Skinny Love, just last the year...

And at once I knew I was not magnificent...

Don't you cherish me to sleep... ah....


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