"Hinnom, TX" as written by and Justin Vernon....
(Fall in
Fall out
Fall along)

In the first of light
Past the Noachide
Bodies wrapped in white

Stranded every pain
Baby, pasts are slain
'I got outta La Grange''

In Hinnom

All this time
With your heart in mind
Didn't you edit

In Hinnom

Go, the least
And the precious feast
The in-vetted

Sand it starts to steal
Dirt and ice imbed in cheeks
In the potter's field

Solar peace
Well it swirls and sweeps
You just set it

Strangers scattering
Nether passage in the wind
Off pennant tension ring

Armor, down
On the wettest ground
Not to vet it


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"Hinnom, TX" as written by Justin Vernon

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    General Commentwell hinnom isn't actually a real place, i think it's a reference to 'the valley of hinnom' which in old texts and jewish forklore, hinnom was referred to as 'jerusalem's furnace' or the gates of hell. the noachide is also a set of rules from the hashem similar to the ten commandments. theres quite a hint of hebrew undercurrent in this song
    brindleon June 29, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningi really hope "i got outta La Grange" is a tip of the hat to lucinda williams's song 'fruits of my labor.'
    thuglifeforevson May 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be about secrets of one's past - skeletons in the closet.

    Talks about "vetting" the process of checking out someone's background, knowing about their past.

    I think La Grange refers to town in Texas with a nearby whorehouse (on which the film "Best LIttle Whorehouse in Texas" is bassed).

    The one line that really sticks out to me is "pennant tension ring" because it sounds so much like "penitentiary" which fits in really well with "strangers scattering" "passage in the wind" and the whole concept of a dirty past and not being judged for it "armor down... not to vet it". "Pennant tension ring" is the official lyric, but I wouldn't put it past Justin to make a play on the sound of the word, rather than the meaning. Or not - maybe the whole things about a musical. Haha!

    lostatlimboon June 24, 2011   Link
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    heatdawgprideon April 15, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIn Hinnom in Israel there is a place where people where sacrificed and buried. It also means land without laws (hell).

    I think the author mixes a man experience with women with this place. At the beginning he talks about this man having sex with someone, and without finding it enough he goes to La Grange (a prostitutes place in a ZZ top song).

    I like the part that says "all this time, with your heart in mind, did you edit?" as he is asking him if he looked after his heart by doing this.

    He has lost his faith in love that he vets them (a check up before buying a horse) and by doing this he finds satisfaction (the in-vetted). In Hinnom there is potter's land and wet land. The man vets potter's land to find dirt mixed with ice in cheek (unappealing women) but at the end he find the wettest land and the voice tells him "not to vet it" as if he wont find anything horrible that would satisfy him (dead corpses). Land or earth is female in many cultures.
    Well, is my interpretation
    Clare9on January 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionBon Iver is fronted by Justin Vernon, a proud Wisconsinite. La Grange refers to a city in Walworth County, WI, about 4 hours from where Justin grew up. In the dedication of Bon Iver, the album that "Hinnom, Tx" is from, he writes a thank you to "Lucinda Williams for giving us the thickest line in music . . . 'I finally did it baby, I got out of La Grange.'" I think this line refers to the deep longing to get out of small-town Wisconsin and make something of yourself (I should know - I grew up in Walworth County).
    monquon March 03, 2013   Link

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