"Michicant" as written by and Justin Vernon....
I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
Melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for page
Hurdle all the waitings up, know it wasn't wedded love
4 long minutes end and it was over it'd all be back
And the frost took up the eyes

Pressed against the pane could see the veins and there was poison out
Resting in a raze the inner claims I hadn't breadth to shake
Searching for an inner clout, may not take another bout
Honey in the hale could fill the pales of loving less with vain
Hon, it wasn't yet the spring

Aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
Nose up in the globes, you never know if you are passing out
No it wasn't maiden-up, the falling or the faded luck
Hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause
Love can hardly leave the room
With your heart


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"Michicant" as written by Justin Vernon

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  • +6
    Lyric Correctionthe correct lyrics are as follows:


    I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
    melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for page
    hurdle all the waitings up, know it wasn't wedded love
    4 long minutes end and it was over it'd all be back
    and the frost took up the eyes

    pressed against the pane could see the veins and there was poison out
    resting in a raze the inner claims I hadn't breadth to shake
    searching for an inner clout, may not take another bout
    honey in the hale could fill the pales of loving less with vain
    hon, it wasn't yet the spring

    aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
    nose up in the globes, you never know if you are passing out
    no it wasn't maiden-up, the falling or the faded luck
    hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause
    love can hardly leave the room
    with your heart
    thuglifeforevson May 19, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy Interpretation judging from everything I know about the first album and Justin Vernon's life:

    I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
    melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for page

    (He fell in love at a young age. The second line conveys images of skinny dipping, youthful fun)

    hurdle all the waitings up, know it wasn’t wedded love
    4 long minutes end and it was over it’d all be back

    (He was waiting to fall in love, or waiting for sex. It happened and it happened quickly. He fell in love fast and it appears that the relationship ended just as quickly. "it'd all be back" I'm assuming that this part is the difficulty Justin had/has of lettting this short but momentous occurrence in his life go. He keeps replaying it in his head (something I've had trouble with throughout the years).

    and the frost took up the eyes

    (It's cold here in Wisconsin. When it's frigid and blustery, your eyes start to water and this distorts your vision, the cold blurs your sight. This short relationship will influence his vision of the future and other relationships he will have in his life, as we will see later on in the lyrics).

    pressed against the pane could see the veins and there was poison out

    (Conveys images of someone pressed against glass while looking out at something beyond their control. This definitely seems restrictive. He's watching something bad, but doesn't really have the power to influence a change. Pane obviously rhymes with Pain; I don't this is a coicidence as we see further on).

    resting in a raze the inner claims I hadn’t breadth to shake

    (A raze is an area that has been destroyed. The inner claims that he's making are ghosts/demons. He's second guessing himself, replaying the relationship again and again, wondering if he were a different person, if circumstances were different, what he could have done, etc...) "I hadn't the breadth to shake" He didnt have the strength to battle these spookey ghosts).

    searching for an inner clout, may not take another bout

    (He's still searching for the strength from within and is contemplating not starting another relationship as he's not ready and may never be)

    honey in the hale could fill the pales of loving less with vain

    (He's hoping for a little sweetness during this difficult time which might fill the semi loveless pale which, at this stage, is all he can offer to his current relationship since he's still shaking from this one in his past)

    hon, it wasn’t yet the spring

    (It seems to me that it was just the start of the new relationship and already this early on, he's having difficulty during the time when relationships are generally the most exciting, when they're new)

    aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
    nose up in the globes, you never know if you are passing out

    (He tried, but it failed anyway so he turned to alcohol or other substances and they battled - fleshed it out. nose up in the globes indicates, to me, that his head is not where it should be, it's out there somewhere in the cosmos and he's no good to anyone, especially himself)

    no it wasn’t maiden-up, the falling or the faded luck

    (Maiden-up has the sound of made up. The past relationship wasn't merely made up in his imagination/dreams, it was real and he's having difficulty dealing with it. The fall from grace wasn't made up, nor the faded luck of the relationship. Maiden is the woman from his past and, no, he didn't make her up. She existed in the past and with all of these thoughts flying through his head, he's having trouble keeping his feet on the ground. She's very real in his memory and imagination, so real that he cannot focus on the 2 inches in front of his face, the future or any other relationship)

    hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause

    (The ivory tower is symbol of the disconnect from practical concerns or your every day life. I think all relationships start like this. They are idyllic, almost dreamy and we climb for the stars. When we're brought back down to realty, it's often not gradually, but a fearsome fall "the falling or the faded luck")

    love can hardly leave the room
    with your heart

    (He still is incapable of allowing love to take hold of him; it cannot yet claim his heart)



    This song hearkens back to "Skinny Love" from For Emma Forever Ago. That song was also about relationships after the fall from grace of a relationship one really wanted to workout, but ended up in shambles.

    I could be wrong, but I've been through something very similar as this and I think my interpretation is correct. In order to adequately understand, you must have gone through it yourself. But, the song means whatever it means to you; that's art. However, this doesn't mean that the artist didn't have a very specific purpose for writing this song.
    JeremyRodneyon December 19, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe first line "I wasn't afraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age" is so utterly beautiful
    lui79guion May 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI saw Bon Iver live recently, and before playing this song, Justin Vernon said " This song is about all the things you can't do in Michigan " I live in Michigan and this definitely hits home with me. I agree it sounds as if this song is about a boy losing his virginity.
    MacSnowboardson August 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhile there are some more sinister interpretations of the song below (i.e. cocaine), the melody of this song seems much more pure, like the first snowfall, but also melancholy, maybe suggesting the end of one period of life into another. The story of the lyrics show him first as a boy, as tender, and thus innocent. The hymn-like quality of the organ and Justin's voice contribute to this interpretation as well.

    I think song may have to do with the experience of going through love for the first time, and how bittersweet it leaves you hanging. For example, the lyrics "know it wasn't wedded love," suggest that the first love one experiences is oftentimes not the last, and in graduating into adulthood, recognizes this.

    Alcohol is expressed in the way teenagers would drink when experimenting: immaturely with abandon. "We were drunk and we had fleshed it out," suggests fighting when drinking too much, and then, "you never know if you are passing out."
    Justin also sings, "hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause," suggesting the couple is lofted in high ideals of love but not recognizing the difficulty and unrealistic quality of achieving such a standard.

    The way Justin weaves natural imagery to convey the different periods of life. The song takes place in winter, a time of reflection and ending. He reminds his lover that they had not yet returned to the spring, "hon, it wasn't yet the spring," which may not even be possible.

    The ending of the song is a location both familiar and close. Love is a person, which cannot manage to leave the room, with your heart.
    dellaluna77on August 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know what the actual name of this song is, but I found it at this link: youtube.com/…

    Apparently, Justin said it was called 'Michicant' or something close to that.
    heartxbroadcaston July 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow awesome job! don't know if the lyrics are right, but kudos to you for trying to get them right. i couldn't understand anything except that last line.
    YouKnowStuffon July 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think he says "saw it in the wings up" in that first verse.
    YouKnowStuffon July 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm fairly sure the lyrics are:
    I was unafraid, I was a boy, I was a tender age
    Melic in the naked, knew a lake and drew the lofts for Paige
    Hurdle all the weightings up, know it wasn’t weighted love
    Four long minutes end and it was over, it’d all be back
    And the frost took up the eyes

    Pressed against the pane, could see the veins, and there was poison out
    Resting in a raise the inner claims I hadn’t breath to shake
    Searching for an inner clout, may not take another but why?
    Honey in the hail could fill the pails of loving less with fame
    But it wasn’t yet the spring

    Aiming and it sunk and we were drunk and we had fleshed it out
    Nose up in the groves, you never know if you are passing out
    No it wasn’t maiden-up, the falling or the defeated luck, why
    Hung up in the ivory, both were climbing for a finer cause
    Love can hardly leave the room
    With your heart
    alexjmzon May 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sooooooo good.

    Seems to be about a boy losing his virginity to me.
    F00zballon June 18, 2011   Link

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