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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… read more

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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…

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