Flume
Bon Iver Lyrics


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I am my mother's only one
It's enough

I wear my garment so it shows
Now you know

Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon

I am my mother on the wall, with us all
I move in water, shore to shore
Nothing's more

Only love is all maroon
Lapping lakes like leery loons
Leaving rope burns
Reddish rouge

Only love is all maroon




Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Bon Iver's song "Flume" delve deeply into themes of identity and self-reliance. The singer declares, "I am my mother's only one, it's enough." These lines suggest a sense of isolation but also self-sufficiency. The "garment" that the singer wears "so it shows" could be a metaphor for their character or identity, worn proudly for all to see. The second verse continues with a dream-like, surreal quality, describing the natural world as if it were a cosmic womb, where the sky itself is a mother figure.


The repeated phrase "only love is all maroon" is difficult to interpret but it seems to hint at the enduring power of love even in a world of uncertainty and change. The lines are juxtaposed with evocative images such as "gluey feathers on a flume" and "lapping lakes like leery loons", suggesting a mysterious and mystical quality to the natural world around us. The final lines of the song circle back to the opening, with the singer again identifying themselves with their mother. "I am my mother on the wall, with us all" suggests a kind of transcendence, where the singer's identity becomes one with the collective consciousness.


Line by Line Meaning

I am my mother's only one
I'm the only child my mother has


It's enough
She's content with having just one child


I wear my garment so it shows
I wear my emotions on my sleeve, I don't hide them


Now you know
I'm being transparent about my emotions


Only love is all maroon
The only thing that matters is love, which is a deep red color like maroon


Gluey feathers on a flume
Love can be sticky and messy, like feathers stuck to a water slide


Sky is womb and she's the moon
The sky is like a mother's womb, and the moon is like a nurturing mother figure


I am my mother on the wall, with us all
The artist sees themselves as a reflection of their mother, who is represented by a picture on the wall


I move in water, shore to shore
The artist is constantly traveling and adapting, like water flowing from one shore to another


Nothing's more
Nothing is more important than love and the artist's relationship with their mother


Lapping lakes like leery loons
The peaceful sounds of water lapping against rocks, and the cautious calls of loons, symbolize the tranquility and security of love


Leaving rope burns
Love can also leave scars and painful memories, like rope burns


Reddish rouge
Love is like a deep red blush that brings warmth and life to the singer


Only love is all maroon
Reiterating that love is the most important thing


Gluey feathers on a flume
Reiterating that love can be messy and hard to understand


Sky is womb and she's the moon
Reiterating that nature and nurturing are intertwined and essential in love




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon

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@julianvickery8341

[Verse 1]
I am my mother's only one
It's enough
I wear my garment so it shows
Now you know

[Chorus 1]
Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon

[Verse 2]
I am my mother on the wall
With us all
I move in water, shore to shore
Nothing's more

[Chorus 2]
Only love is all maroon
Lapping lakes like leery loons
Leaving rope burns, reddish rouge

[Instrumental Break]

[Chorus 1]
Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon



@raspberry481

I am my mother's only one
It's enough
I wear my garment so it shows
Now you know

Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon

I am my mother on the wall
With us all
I move in water, shore to shore
Nothing's more

Only love is all maroon
Lapping lakes like leery loons
Leaving rope burns, reddish ruse

Only love is all maroon
Gluey feathers on a flume
Sky is womb and she's the moon



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@mommyslilstinker

my dad introduced me to bon iver when I was 12. It was after he got out of prison and was on and off drugs that we started seeing him again. He had this shitty car with shitty speakers but we'd sing to this song so loudly you couldnt hear the awful quality. I remember it was always cold out when he played this album, and the street lights were always out. My dads gone now and I cant bear listening to this album without tearing up. I miss my old man

@JacksonLinn.

This is my sad song, but it’s calming and I always feel better after

@kingcurt7716

Your Dad will be missed forever my friend. My condolences goes to you and your family.

@mattnelson8655

RIP to your dad brother. You just made me cry. I lost my dad back in 2003 and he was into Creedence Clearwater Revival and I often get emotional listening to their tunes but I love it.

@Langleyasukaa

that hurts..

@AshleyP

hugs to you.

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It’s 2021 now , whoever reads this I want them to know that you’ll heal time will heal all the pain in your heart you’re so brave and I’m so proud to see you going I wish I could give you a warm hug I don’t know you but I love you my darling
It’s 2022 time sure goes by so hold on the weight of your sorrow will get bearable, you’ll get stronger . Even though it might feel impossible in the moment hold on there’s a pretty sunset you haven’t seen yet , a favourite song hasn’t been released you’ve not had something you could love so keep on going I believe in all of you , I know you can do this my loves <3
It’s 2023 now and this song still blankets my sorrows and makes me feel warm I hope it does the same for you. I hope it becomes a comfort place . A testament to how far we’ve all come . It proves that’s we can make it .My life has changed drastically in the past two years and my hearts gone lighter . I love you all and wish the same for you so keep on going my loves you’re wanted it’ll get better 🫶🏼

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I hope you have an amazing year. You’re so kind <3

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I wish you the best, thank you for this kind message 💕

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