"Woods" as written by and Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon....
I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind
I'm building a still
to slow down the time.

Lyrics submitted by gazelle

Woods song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentIn my family, we are lucky enough to live directly infront of a stretch of woods, which out patio leads straight into. I remember, one morning, when I was awake at about 6:00 am (couldn't sleep, just split with my girlfriend). The house was totally empty. I'd opened all of the blinds downstairs, and white, autumn morning sunlight flooded in. Everything was completely still, until a hummingbird just hovered infron of the window for around about a minute. It sang and seemed to be comforting me. When it flew away, I walked out into the wood, bare feet, to try and find it again. And then suddenly it hit me. The beauty all around us everyday. I just lay outside on the bark and moss, with the sparks of light from the gaps between the leaves. I lay there for around two hours, and it was absoloutely breathtaking. At that point a royal mail man turned up and probably thought I was crazy haha. But I tried to recreate the morning every day that next week, but I could never quite capture the stillness, and the beauty of doing nothing, in a place where the only sound was birds, and there was no wind, and nothing to indicate anything at all was happening, other than just living. And that, is what this song is about.
    3astyon May 16, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Commentrepeat eleven times
    (heartland)on December 09, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti always admire artists who can say enough with one paragraph. excellent song...feels very Imogen Heap-ish.
    YouKnowStuffon December 09, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis song is redone on the Volcano Choir album. it's called "Still" and I think it's actually better than this original version.
    sammy142on August 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentheard this on kanye west new album and i was sure it was im lost in this world im down on my mind. very disappointed to realize i was wrong. being lost in this world really clicked with me when i heard cuz i feel totally lost in this world right now....
    beezybeaston February 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems about taking the time to really appreciate what your life is about and what you have.

    Everytime I listen to it, it feels like a drug trip. 19 words and a vocoder. Very pretty.
    gregmoon December 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo touch on what robbnthahood said. I think the "still" plays an integral part in the song, because when you make moonshine you use the "still" for distilling all the impurities out of the alcohol. First off its illegal to make moonshine, and it's typically done in the back "woods" as to not be discovered or tampered with. I also think it plays into the "slow down the time," because it is a lengthy process that can take weeks. With that said I still believe it's metaphorical for Justin Vernon actual trip to the mountains to find himself. So in short lol, he's in the woods to find himself, and extricate all the impurities in his life so that he can find what makes him pure, genuine, and beautiful; which could takes weeks or months. Just like making moonshine. Either way, it's amazing.
    STWag11on January 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentan excellent play on words where two of the meanings of the word "still" fit.

    "still" as in alcohol distillation goes along with being "down on my mind" and "slow down time" (the ataxic effects)

    "while still" "a period of calm or silence" also fits with being alone in the woods.

    lyrically and musically beautiful.
    magicgason December 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song meaning is so obvious to me!
    He's lost and feeling down, so he's getting drunk, to slow down the time. And that's all there is to it. :)
    RavioliFaceManon July 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song takes my breath away, really. it's so beautiful.
    ars_poeticaon December 10, 2008   Link

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