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According to the Helplessness Blues Songfacts, the song finds Robin Pecknold reflecting on how the self-centered individualism of his youth has influenced him as a white American adult. He explained to the UK newspaper The Independent: "I wanted that song to be a completely open opinion, with no kind of poetry, if you know what I mean. It's hard to articulate without it sounding really reductive, but I was born in the Eighties, a time of relative plenty in the… read more

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  • Avatar for thesoundhound
    the orchard riff...
  • Avatar for jaroon_dee
    To the three minute mark... AND BEYOND!
  • Avatar for I0000days
    Pecknold's voice is so heartfelt and charming that the song's nauseatingly misogynistic message almost flew by me.
  • Avatar for lfelipecosta
    Oh, man, this song ♥ it fills all my soul with love! Just amazing! :D
  • Avatar for Funky-Shit-
    this song is so good <3 the feels
  • Avatar for samiskywalker
    Beautiful <3
  • Avatar for o-rtie
    "And I don't I don't know who to believe, I'll get back to you someday. Soon you will see."
  • Avatar for mwards
    absolutely perfect from start to finish. love it more every time I hear it. x
  • Avatar for jbusman
    "Someday I'll be like the man on the screen" makes this song one of the most heartbreaking endings in pop music...
  • Avatar for Lainapie
    "Raised up believing I was something unique, now after some thinking, I'd say I'd rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery..."

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