Re: Stacks

Album: For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)


  • Beat Lawrence asked Bon Iver what the purpose of "Re" was in this song title. The singer-songwriter replied: "It's 'Regarding.' People use it in letters and emails. It's about pointing towards and idea, to amplify that 'This song is about the stacks.' I mean, every song title does that in a way, but I just really wanted to point it out: this song isn't the stacks, it's about the stacks."
  • This song's first line is "This my excavation and today is kumran" and Bon Iver's Myspace lists 'the excavation at Kumran' as the album's sole musical influence, Drowned In Sound asked him what he meant by this. The singer-songwriter replied: "It's referring to the excavations where they found the Dead Sea Scrolls. When they found them it changed the whole course of Christianity, whether people wanted to know it or not. A lot of people chose to ignore it, a lot of people decided to run with it, and for many people it destroyed their faith, so I think I was just looking at it as a metaphor for whatever happens after that is new s--t."

Comments: 2

  • Chuck from Concord, NhI heard this for the first time on "House" as well. Tracked it down and now I can't stop hitting repeat over & over. Not sure exactly what draws me into this song, but it's in my head for good. Nothing else so far by Bon Iver grabs me like this one. Sounds warm & intimate, like I'm listening to an old LP on my turntable, love it.
  • Tello from Nyc, NyThis song played in the House episode "Wilson's Heart". I liked it so i downloaded it and it turned out to be a really good song. Now im really in to Bon Iver :)
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