Faith

Album: I, I (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • According to the writer of the New Testament Epistle to the Hebrews, faith is "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Here, Justin Vernon states that his kind of spiritual faith is not based on a belief in the God of the Bible, while still making a convincing case for believing in Him anyway.
  • The gently anthemic song originated with a basement improv that had been floating around for several years. It nearly ended up on Bon Iver's 22, A Million album before Vernon cut it from the track list. BJ Burton, Vernon's friend and occasional co-producer, kept the song alive. Burton recalled to Uncut magazine:

    "I texted him one night and said, 'You've got to finish this song and put it out. It needs to be on an album.' So I went to Eau Claire with the agenda of bringing him a mix of that song so I could blast it on the speakers."

    The plan worked, and "Faith" became the centerpiece of I, I.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders

Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star RidersSongwriter Interviews

Writing with Phil Lynott, Scott saw their ill-fated frontman move to a darker place in his life and lyrics.

Steely Dan

Steely DanFact or Fiction

Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?

Don Felder

Don FelderSongwriter Interviews

Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the Song

"Private Eyes" - The Story Behind the SongSong Writing

How a goofy detective movie, a disenchanted director and an unlikely songwriter led to one of the biggest hits in pop history.

Music Video Director David Hogan

Music Video Director David HoganSong Writing

David talks about videos he made for Prince, Alabama, Big & Rich, Sheryl Crow, DMB, Melissa Etheridge and Sisters of Mercy.