and easy swing had its time showing
slow bending ash
and now its a photo thing
and swing hasn't had it

and here we are rebuilding roads
right by roosting towns
its just like the love
the one thats never been enough

so im counting on your fingers
cause you've reattached the twitch
and if you go unpin it,
i will die along the ditches

and every summer is a hot token
to the cold coin take of us
and every autumn singes
with the buisness of sadness

and fred had it wrong macy
hon, he had it burned
now the curve in the county
is nana's urn

so im counting on your fingers
cause you've reattached the twitch
and if you go unpin it,
i will die along the ditches


Lyrics submitted by slowbendingaxe, edited by rockisgroovy


Brackett, WI song meanings
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  • +10
    General Commenthello all, maybe nobody will actually check this...
    but a fan told me to check out what you all are saying on here. its very interesting.
    to set the record fully straight, here are the official lyrics to brackett, wi.
    (also, brackett is just the name of an unincorporated town 10 miles south from where I grew up/live.
    its where i went to elementary school. there is no school there anymore.)

    and easy swing had its time showing
    slow bending ash
    and now its a photo thing
    and swing hasn't had it

    and here we are rebuilding roads
    right by roosting towns
    its just like the love
    the one thats never been enough

    so im counting on your fingers
    cause you've reattached the twitch
    and if you go unpin it,
    i will die along the ditches

    and every summer is a hot token
    to the cold coin take of us
    and every autumn singes
    with the buisness of sadness

    and fred had it wrong macy
    hon, he had it burned
    now the curve in the county
    is nana's urn

    so im counting on your fingers
    cause you've reattached the twitch
    and if you go unpin it,
    i will die along the ditches
    blobtoweron March 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto everyone still commenting about what the lyrics are...Justin posted them as a comment..[blobtower] and it makes perfect sense and is absolutely wonderful
    octoberrains091on November 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat's a much more fitting lyric at the end of the second verse!
    although, i still hear him pronounce "one, not "love", i can definitely hear him pronounce that eff sound in the "enough".
    thank you very much.
    bon iver fans, please help me out on the second line of the chorus and the fourth verse!
    slowbendingaxeon February 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, .. DARK WAS THE NIGHT is the best compilation I have yet to hear... can anyone recommen other bon iver songs... it just sounds so fantastic
    manuelturcioson February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpresumably its about Brackett in Wisconsin (where he recorded For Emma)

    i think maybe he's nostalgic. i know that the town Brackett has disputed territory rights. granted, i got this from good old wikipedia but maybe that's important in the context of the song.

    it reminds me of where i grew up and everybody's moods and behavior were so easily dictated by the weather and the season

    and every summer is a hot token
    to the cold, cold take of lust.
    and every autumn singes
    with the business of sadness.

    10203040on February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have tried all day to figure out the lyrics, take a careful listen and see how close I've come here:

    An easy swing had it's time shouldered
    slow bending axe
    and now it's a photo thing
    a swing hasn't had it

    and here we are rebuilding roads
    right by roosting towns
    its just like the love
    the one thats never been enough

    so i'm counting on your fingers
    cause you've reattached the twitch
    and if you want opinion,
    i will die along the ditches

    and every summer is a hot token
    to the cold core take of us
    and every autumn singes
    with a business of sadness

    our friend had it wrong they see
    honey heaven burns
    another curve in the counting
    his head is earning more

    so i'm counting on your fingers
    cause you've reattached the twitch
    and if you want opinion,
    i will die along the ditches
    j0bi1on July 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaving grown up just outside of Brackett, WI (Wisconsin for those that don't know) Brackett is a tiny town that you can actually hold your breath longer than it takes to drive through. It is a few houses, an old abandoned school, a post office, a bar, and a run down softball field. A few years ago the roads leading in and out of Brackett were torn up in all directions to widen the highway going into Eau Claire. Just an FYI.
    kramdoggeron January 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Link(s)Some more in depth analysis posted by this guy, pretty good read: andrewgioia.com/music/…
    tragicpoeton August 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song Comparison"And every summer is a heart talking"
    That's what list dj says. And it makes sense because summers= love. Kinda :)
    Sannispannison May 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "the love that's never been enough."
    YouKnowStuffon February 12, 2009   Link

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