Someday my pain, someday my pain
Will mark you
Harness your blame, harness your blame
And walk through

With the wild wolves around you
In the morning, I'll call you
Send it farther on

Solace my game, solace my game
It stars you
Swing wide your crane, swing wide your crane
And run me through

And the story's all over you
In the morning i'll call you
Can't you find a clue when your eyes are all painted Sinatra blue

What might have been lost -
Don't bother me


Lyrics submitted by J.Diddy


The Wolves (Act I and II) song meanings
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  • +11
    General CommentTo me - this song is about a relationship gone sour. And while one person is in mourning the other is moving on....the disconnect between them is made most obvious at the end, when on person is saying "what might have been lost" as in we have given up on a great thing! and the other person says "don't bother me" because they want to move on!

    Going back to the beginning though:

    The person in mourning is conflicted with feelings of sadness and resentment of what they feel and want the other person to feel it too. "someday my pain will mark you." Almost like saying to them "you may not feel the loss of me now but you will....you'll miss me too. "

    And while the other one might already be moving on leaving the other alone to mourn, the mourner promises to be there for them when (IF) they ever come back "With the wolves around you, In the morning, I'll call you."

    The next stanza is so brilliant: "Solace my game," anyone who's been through a break-up knows you must act cheerful on the outside while the other person is hurting you so much "swing your crane, and run me through."

    this song chills me. he's managed to capture the inside turmoil that many of us have experienced when things "just don't work out."
    lyriclover81on July 09, 2008   Link
  • +7
    General Commentin the percussion bit, I always hear it as a train going by...
    "what might have been lost", as actually leaving
    runghollowon June 27, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General Commenthas such fervency in his voice which sounds like it's coated in some sweet molasses
    slinkstersarson May 20, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentMy interpretation goes like this: “Someday, what you did to me will happen to you. Go ahead and blame me for everything if that works for you, if that clears your conscience. When your day comes I’ll be there to see it happen and I take comfort in that fact. So go ahead and finish tearing me down. I know you, I know your deal. And I will be there when you fall. You can’t see the fact that nobody else can take care of you like I can. And when you finally do realize it, when you start to wonder about what we could’ve had, don’t come around. I won’t have anything to do with you.”
    jjjax3on September 30, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is fantastic live...the whole crowd chanting "what might have been lost..." is so fucking amazing and touching. Shivers.
    chickenflickeron June 01, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthe falsetto "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAh aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh" during the climax is the single most glorious moment of the entire album.
    Crane42on February 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs soon as I listened to Bon Iver I loved him. His music is lyrical, his lyrics musical.
    Everything sounds with a heart, everything is played for a reason and his melodies and harmonies sound like a heartstring to me.

    The Wolves is my favourite as it makes me feel so alive. To me, personally, it sounds bitter and resentful. "Some day my pain, will mark you."
    As if saying to someone, one day you will realise how much pain i was in.
    I listen to his songs, and i don't necessarily take in the lyrics, but the sounds and the interpretation, and what the lyricality of his music says to me, rather like the intent of Sigar Ros.

    "What might of been lost," the repetition alone either emphasises an intent on believing that it doesn't "bother" him, or that it does and he's trying to tell himself this, or at least that's how i feel when i listen to the song.

    It's just a good frigging song. Each songs says something to me, and i think his music calls to everyone.
    pombear2009on December 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song moves me more than any other, i know his pain, and i feel it too.
    it's the most tragically beautiful song i have ever heard,
    and what kills me most is that i've been in exactly the situation as him.
    upinthewoodson April 29, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJustin Vernon stated in an interview that the end percussions are meant to sound like fireworks.

    This is a very healing song, allowing for a sort of celebration of acceptance of the pain and love lost that he sings about earlier.
    persephonesgrinon January 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfrozen. blue-grey/gray. loss. death. lack of. sad.
    wiredbirdson January 26, 2008   Link

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