Sun It Rises

Album: Fleet Foxes (2008)


  • Lead singer and songwriter Robin Pecknold (from Daytrotter): "This song is really really simple. It's basically about how sad it can sometimes be when people grow apart for no other reason besides growing older, like friends from grade school who're united by comic books and Nintendo often end up going in completely different directions once they reach Middle and High School - that happened to me a lot and it seems like a shame. I wish I would've been smart enough to hold onto my friends at that age even though we started getting into different kinds of things. What do 'things' matter anyway when a friendship's in the balance."

    "Musically, this started as two different songs (the only two sections of the song) that got slammed together kind of clumsily into what we've got now," Pecknold continued. "I had that song El Condor Pasa (If I Could) in mind when we were working on this but it didn't really turn out sounding like that. Too much reverb or something."

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