"Heavenly Father" as written by and Justin Vernon....
Ever since I heard the howlin' wind
I didn't need to go where a bible went
But then you know your gifts seemed heaven sent
Just lead me to a choler, dad, that's the thing

I don't know how you house the sin
But you're free now
I was never sure how much of you I could let in
And I'm free now
Won't you settle down baby here your love has been
Heavenly father
It’s definitely lava
Why you don't carry other names?

Heard about a day where it dropped the know
To go another day as we learn to close
'Cause I'm a known coward in a coward wind
But you’re free now
You turn around now and you count to 10
To see you go now
Well I know now honey that I can't pretend
Heavenly father
Is whose brought to his autumn
And love is left in end

I just been up here for god damn years
Can you see now?
Filling up hulls with god damn fears
I am free now
I know about it darlin', I've been standin' here
Heavenly father
Is all that he offers
A safety in the end


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"Heavenly Father" as written by Justin Vernon

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    General Commentwas hoping a smart person would have interpreted this song )-: no comments though.
    k.eshon January 05, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationAs the song was released for the soundtrack to "I Wish I Was Here" one would probably need to watch the movie to understand some of the context.
    (having never seen the film, This might be obvious to someone who has, I apologise if that is the case)

    The song is a monologue/conversation about a man's feelings regarding God and a personal relationship. The singer makes mention of god "Heavenly Father", and "god". He also makes mention of a lover of some kind "baby", "Honey".

    Verse 1:

    I think he is trying to come to terms with a failed relationship in his mind.
    A choler (line 4), assuming it to be a person, is someone with the choleric personality i.e Someone that is short tempered, angry or irascible. He says to his dad (heavenly father) possibly in a sarcastic fashion, that his dad should lead the singer to the choleric person. He refers to someone housing sin, possibly the Father who lead the Choler to him.
    Another voice then says that he is free. It could be his own voice, stating that he is finally rid of the sin and negative feelings that the other person was bringing to his life.
    He then tells his Baby to settle down. Yet another flaw associated with Choleric people.
    Then he refers back to his Father, stating that it (the relationship) is definitely lava. She is hot tempered. Yet another analogy to her temperament.

    Verse 2

    He uses many vague terms, and many personal pronouns that are difficult to unravel.
    He refers that they could be learning to close off from each other.
    He claims to be a coward and then says he can't pretend. He possibly felt overpowered by the other person in the relationship and/or felt guilty about leaving them.
    He then Implies that his Heavenly father brought an autumn, either to the singer's belief in god or the relationship. But the singer claims that the result is that the love is left in end. It could be that there is still love. But I take it that love is left in a place of cessation...termination. That in the end, there is no love.

    Verse 3:

    He makes an appeal to empathy (can you see now), to an emotional place where he has been. He has feeling lost and full of fear but he possibly finally finds a place of safety in the end.
    The last line is a question. It leaves the song open ended. He is questioning his belief in god, and more specifically, does he bring safety in the end.

    It seems that throughout the song he believes that god is somehow responsible for the terrible relationship he had, and he's trying to regain faith in some way.

    It comes back to the first verse where he states that ever since he heard the howling wind, he never needed to go to where a bible went.
    The wind could represent desolation and his empty feeling inside. He says that after this he never went to where bibles went. Maybe he stopped going to church after his failed relationship because he blames god for it. He blames god for his "your gifts seem heaven sent". He believed that the relationship seemed like something heavenly and good, but turned out to be hellish and "definitely lava"

    The man, free of the burden of a relationship is crying out, still feeling pain and wondering if god will give him safety and security.
    jyaomoon December 02, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song deals with the uncertainty in believing or not believing in a higher power, god eg. The perspective in the song is that of a person who is in some kind of distress, be it dealing with romantic problems or other existencial matters. The person is kinda in a battle between accepting that their isn't a saviour in the form of God, or just turning into believing. I think the last verse is really good (the hole song also of course), and my interpretation of the last lines is that the person could wish that there was a God to help out in his/her situatuion, and asks " is all that he offers a safety in the end".

    BTW there is a great cover version of this song by the band Highasakite
    kristkjon May 29, 2015   Link

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