"Wisconsin" as written by and Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon....
You ride in the park and you're peaking
Piss pools in your seat
Shes standing inside but you surely repeat
Oh God don't leave me here
I will freeze till the end
Love is loves reprieve

Winter is coming and you're stuck here
Oh and so is she
Now when the wind blows you cover your teeth
I told you to shed away and trade in your blues
Love is loves sad news

That was Wisconsin that was yesterday
Now I have nothing that I can keep
Cause every place I go I take another place with me
Love is loves mystique

You're up on the bar and your shaking
With every grimy word
Who will love
Whats love when you've hurt
You wonder as you see the snow kissed the curb
Love is loves return

That was Wisconsin that was yesterday
Now I have nothing that I can keep
Cause every place I go I take another place with me
Love is loves critique


Lyrics submitted by Ferris2583, edited by softhought

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  • +3
    General Commentlove can be everything but sometimes love isn't enough

    i don't know why
    cheesesandwichon May 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI'm in love with this song and here's what I think the lyrics are. Seems to make a little more sense this way. But thanks for posting it!)

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    You're out in the park and you're peeking
    Piss pools in your seat
    She's standing inside but you surely repeat
    Oh God don't leave me here
    I will freeze till you leave
    Love is love's reprieve

    Winter is come and you're stacking
    All your summer sheets
    Now when the wind blows you cover your tooth
    And our tool shed
    Where you trade in your blues
    Love is love's sad news

    That was Wisconsin, that was yesterday
    Now I have nothing that I can keep
    'Cause every place I go I take another place with me
    Love is love's mystique

    You're up on the bar and you're shaking
    With every grimy word
    Who will you love? What's love when you've hurt?
    The winter as your scene
    The snow kissed the curb
    Love is love's return

    That was Wisconsin, that was yesterday
    Now I have nothing that I can keep
    'Cause every place I go I take another place me
    Love is love's critique
    Poperooon November 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA typical wisconsin bar scenario that happens every else too...

    He broke up with his girl. He tried to make it easy 'cause he still loves her and she's decided to blatantly "live it up" now despite the hurt it might cause him... getting wasted, dancing on the bar for every grimy word from every grimy guy ("show us your tits! Woo! etc."). Love is all you get for investing in love, kind of like the saying "no good deed goes unpunished" where if you're nice you get screwed over in the end. Now Wisconsin has nothing for him, yet he has no choice but to take this sad memory with him where ever he goes.

    Everybody has been in something similar and/or had to listen to a sad-sack friend cry over such an experience. Another probably element given the author: Eau Claire, WI isn't that big of a town and if your ex is out making a scene you're gonna hear about it if not actually see if for yourself.
    dimedozenon May 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI really feel like this song has a Springsteen or Arcade Fire influence to it-- especially every line that comes right before a "love is love's ___" line. The whole song feels so powerful in a more traditional songlike way (unlike other Bon Iver songs, equally powerful but it a different manner), with its clear-cut choruses and verses and such, but with a special Vernon influence. It's such a beautiful song and I really love it so much.
    Winternoiseon September 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe idea that some people will be a part of you forever seems to be a theme with Bon Iver.
    Just because a relationship is over, the time that you spent together doesn't become redundant - love makes every second worthy of a memory.
    This song also sort of attempts to explore the ways that people deal with the breakdown of relationships, she's out getting drunk, dancing on bars, and trying to forget something that was worth remembering. He takes another place with him everywhere he goes, and that place is memory, that place is HER, and yet her way of dealing with their being apart has soured the memory of their relationship.

    "Now I have nothing that I can keep."
    catpea0on May 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is really bautiful song. A great B-side.
    This song is clearly about love and loss, and finding yourself without anything: "That was Wisconsin, that was yesterday"
    marculatorenon October 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm glad someone finally got these up.

    i think a few of the lyrics are:

    "I will freeze til the end"

    and

    "winter has come and you're stuck here
    oh and so is she"

    and just to add... "cause every place i go i take another place with me" may be some of the best lyrics ever. so very true.
    YouKnowStuffon October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh, also,

    "you're up on the bar and you're shaking
    with every grimy word"
    YouKnowStuffon October 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last line is definitely: "love is love's critique"
    I'm working on deciphering the rest, what a difficult song to figure out! But, hauntingly beautiful.
    bryon41on October 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry guys Ill make the changes I found it really tough to figure it all out when I tried to do this but I think its one of his best and deserved to be posted
    Ferris2583on November 19, 2008   Link

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