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The Holocene Songfacts reports that the song title comes from both a Portland bar where Justin Vernon had a "long dark night of the soul" and the current climactic era, which began some 12,000 years ago and follows on from the last major Ice Age.

Vernon was born and brought up in Eau Claire and still resides there. The song has three verses about three different times if his life living in the Wisconsin town. He told Mojo: "The… read more

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    and at once I knew I was not magnificent (again)
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    perfect encapsulation of a specific melancholic mood
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    Everytime I hear this song, my souls exclaims "Home! Yes! 'I was not magnificent.' I am merely a vessel on this journey."
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    Breaks me everytime.
  • Avatar for sharv11
    One of the most stunning songs & videos. EVER. I'm always left breathless. You would have adored this one Vincent : /
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    perfect n best song omg this song is simply amazing i just cant stop listening to her omg i love this track so much ♥♥
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    marvellous song, and album!
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    hits the spot......every time!
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