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Album: Bon Iver (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • Most of the Bon Iver song titles are named after places, but the clue to this piano ballad is in the lyrics. The song is addressed to Claire, however it appears frontman Justin Vernon is not singing of his love for a girl by that name but to his hometown Eau Claire in Wisconsin.
  • Vernon explained the song's meaning to Qmagazine: "Wash, could be Washington state. Really, it's about the March rains in Eau Claire, which wash the snow away."

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