Bedouin Dress (4:29)

Cover of Helplessness Blues

From Helplessness Blues

The Bedouin Dress Songfacts reports that Helplessness Blues has a reoccurring theme running through it of familial duty and responsibility. This song finds frontman Robin Pecknold singing about “the borrower’s debt is the only regret of my youth”. “I think that and a few other songs on the record are dealing with the same thing,” Pecknold told UK newspaper The Independent. “With the idea of how much are you taking, and how much are you giving back – just generally, in relationships and so on. Like for me, I’ve just been really focused on music, and there were times when there was just no room in my head for anything or anyone else – so the people around me were giving themselves, and I wasn’t giving much back because I was focused on the record. That started really bothering me! “


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If to borrow is to take and not return
I have borrowed all my lonesome life
And I can't, no, I can't get through
The borrower's debt is the only regret of my youth

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  • Yuukman

    This is my air violin track [3]

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • lzcool

    Pare tudo que estiver fazendo e vem curtir esse som.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Danton_K


    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • derekthemethod

    This is my air violin track. [2]

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Solaign

    everything is perfect in this song!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • willdrewry

    Every time I listen to this track I notice different things in the background. Fleet foxes are complex simplicity, musically marvelous.

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Giygaszor

    Hands down, the best Fleet Foxes track.

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ZeRo1500

    This is my air violin track.

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bebrutal

    beautiful <3

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MyOwnLilWorld80

    I can't get enough of Fleet Foxes..! :)

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • cheesetrolley

    Agreed. This has a nice Simon and Garfunkel-esque vibe.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mjOboe

    evocative of Simon and Garfunkle.

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ErikHauenstein

    Muito interesante abunono! :D

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • abunono

    די סוועדע לעבן אין האַרמאָניע מיט נאַטור. אַזוי ער טוט בויען אַ פּלאַץ פון קליין יאָדער מאַכט געוויקסן. אין ווינטער עס כאַנץ ווי בער אָדער גייט אין מעבל קראָם. דעמאָלט ער דראַונז זייַן סאַראָוז מיט גורל פון בוז. צו פריילעכקייַט זיך ווידער דעמאָלט ער קאַונץ זייַן געלט, און דיעד זייַן האָר בלאָנדע. אין קיצער: איז אַ ביסל שיזאַפרעניק.

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • andyisdead

    The Boy With the Arab Strap is still better.

    23 Jun 2012 Reply


    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Chocolate_Donut

    I was going to quote a line from this track, but which one to pick?! FF's lyrics are simply incredible.

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • BrynnerFell

    Favourite from the album.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • yesilbaris

    triple here lol.

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • songsandshapes

    "Boy With the Arab Strap"...?

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
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