To the sermon on the mount, I am listening
Tough guy's running his mouth, I am glistening in
Saviour spit is heading south, and I am getting in the way

Said 'Wait one minute son you're right, they're just listening',
Worried, sinned and lacking sight, warning christening,
Go shine this mother fucking light on all the people who can hear.

This is tougher than I thought,
Holding all the things I've bought,
And Jaycee's up for another bout, and I am ringing him out.

Some thing's got me on the corner, and I am whimpering,
Somewhere deep inside the coat, I am weathering,
Wishing somehow you were near, 'cause I am withering alone.

You arrived and ordered stout, I stared in wordlessness
I just kept noticing your mouth, and how your face just fit
Into every aching void, in what I've always missed some way.

This is tougher than I thought,
Holding you the grace I've caught,
'Cause you're made of everything I want, and I am wringing you out.

Like a morning bell, I am ringing you out.
Like the kitchen rags of God, I am wringing you out.
Like my voice across the hills, I am ringing you out.

I am water on your feet,
You are everything to me,
You are everything to me,

And I am ringing you out


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    General Comment...more Bon Iver fans need to hear this song...one of Vernons absolute best ever...
    Eskate85on August 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIs it possible that after "kitchen rags of god" he spells it wringing?
    To get a new meaning?
    Like he's trying to get as much as he can out of a person? o.O
    I don't know :\
    Just a thought ^_^
    MissingStringson September 03, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI really REALLY like this song!!!

    one of mah Favz!!!
    WaylayShinSplintzon November 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'I just kept noticing your mouth, and how your face just fit
    Into every aching void, in what I've always missed some way.'

    'Cause you're made of everything I want, and I am ringing you out.'

    Those two lines just do it for me, don't know why.

    And MissingStrings, yes you're right.
    selfishisgorgeouson March 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentlove this song! one of my favorites.
    beautyinsimplicityon May 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that the line shown as Jaycee above should be JC (Jesus Christ). Jesus delivered the sermon on the mount. Also I think the lyric is "wanting christening" not "warning christening". Also think it should be "Owning all the things I've bought" not holding.
    underdog1234on December 16, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti check this page weekly. just hoping justin vernon shares his thoughts behind the song.
    august23on January 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation: Obviously this song is about Jesus and not some girl.
    Jesus' sermon on the mountain, God sending Jesus to earth to shine the light (Himself)
    Jesus knowing that He'd have to be crucified which would explain the "This is harder than I thought" line
    And everyone else already knows it's JC not Jaycee
    Now obviously this song is about a boxing match? Maybe? haha
    So I'm guessing Justin vs. Jesus or religion. He's possibly struggling with religion and feels like he's therefore fighting Jesus.
    The "You arrived and ordered stout, I stared in wordlessness
    I just kept noticing your mouth, and how your face just fit
    Into every aching void, in what I've always missed some way." Lines are possibly just the way Jesus is viewed, in the Bible Jesus is always explained as being too beautiful to fathom I guess?
    Then I believe that Justin realized what Jesus is near the end because of the line "I am water on your feet" If you've read the Bible you would know how this is like the ultimate sign of love and respect. The woman who was I think either poor or a prostitute who Jesus allowed to clean his feet with her hair. Washing someone's feet was just a big thing. Then the "You are everything to me" makes me think he's leaning more to Jesus than fighting with him.
    I could be wrong but again, it's just my opinion (:
    heatherah23on February 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think that the song is about "wringing someone out". Not being able to be with someone anymore because of certain circumstances and having it be a lot tougher than they thought. At first they thought it would be easy but it isn't.
    hstanley09on March 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentVery interesting song. It seems as though the first part until the "And Jaycee's up for another bout, and I am ringing him out." is about churches or religion in general. It talks about a sermon, a "tough guy" is giving the sermon and he can see past the words and all he sees is lies as though he knows already what they are saying is not true. The second verse talks on how the guy apologizes to him and he tells him he isn't the one who they should say this to ("Go shine this mother fucking light on all the people who can hear.") but to all those that are "worried, sinned and lacking sight".

    This is tougher than I thought,
    Holding all the things I've bought,
    And Jaycee's up for another bout, and I am ringing him out.

    In this third line, he talks about how hard he it is to hold it in. Maybe the "all the things I've bought" is the idea of the religion that he once believed. That at some way he still wants to believe or wants to fake that he still believes because of someone. I see the last verse as him saying J.C., as in Jesus Christ, and Justin is calling him out.


    Some thing's got me on the corner, and I am whimpering,
    Somewhere deep inside the coat, I am weathering,
    Wishing somehow you were near, 'cause I am withering alone.

    Here he is still fighting within himself on the idea of religion. He wants to hang his hope with something, he feels alone and doomed.

    You arrived and ordered stout, I stared in wordlessness
    I just kept noticing your mouth, and how your face just fit
    Into every aching void, in what I've always missed some way.

    Now, this is where I think the song turns. He starts talking about someone, most possibly a girl and maybe the same girl who he wants to believe religion for. The "stout" he refers to is probably the drink.

    This is tougher than I thought,
    Holding you the grace I've caught,
    'Cause you're made of everything I want, and I am wringing you out.

    This is where I seriously think my theory gets its proof. It is tough for him because he doesn't believe in religion but she does and she is one of the most gorgeous thing he ever had. He doesn't want to let her go, and so he would hold on to her for as much as he could. Giving up on his beliefs for her.

    The rest of the song is just him wanting her and holding on to her. This song reminds me of Edge of Desire by John Mayer in that the singer would give up everything they believe in for that someone. Maybe someone has a better explanation on the line "ringing you out" but all of this is just my explanation.
    elysia05on May 06, 2010   Link

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