Misinterpreting Lyrics: Perth



by Bon Iver

Interpreted by Ryan Dowd

(Bon moans far away)

But I hear him…

(Bon moans farther away)

Oh here he comes!

I’m tearing up

Across your face

Moved doors to the light

To find you late

I’m fairly confident I got half of this right. I’m fairly confident I got half of this wrong. I totally buy that Bon Iver can tear up across someone else’s face. He’s one of the world’s most powerful wizards.

It’s something faint

This is not a place

Not yet awake

I raised the lake

So, if we assume I’m right here, then Bon Iver either constructs a double negative with “This is not a place / Not yet awake” which I personally can fathom, given his wizardry. So therefore, Bon Iver seemingly raised a lake in his sleep. That’s how powerful he is.

Still a live fool

Still a live fool

Still a live fool

Is he a fool because he’s a wizard? Or is he a wizard because he’s a fool? Can we all become wizards then? And, yes we’re all obviously glad he’s alive.

And I’m all around a moth

From Forest to the Soft

Got an open little loft

Is the moth his wizard pet? This loft sounds lovely, though moths really freak me out if I’m being honest but if my options were 1) Enter the loft or 2) Not enter the loft, I’d have to go with the first moth or no moth.

So I’m reading all your stories

Well I know what it is

It’s pouring up, wiring

You’re breaking your ground

MY STORIES? I can’t wait to share stories with Bon up in his forest loft, maybe we’ll share a pot of hot chocolate if it’s cold, or if it’s warm some lemonade. Maybe Bon and I (or Justin if we’re on that level) sit down, and Bon/Justin tells me what to do with my life and how to love moths and maybe even other people, as we pour and wire our emotions across levels only Bon Iver can achieve. 

**Actual lyrics courtesy of http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/boniver/perth.html

**Video with lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8A77d2_QTM

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