And I'll be holding all the tickets
And you'll be owning all the fines

from Bon Iver – Skinny Love Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The narrator is still hung up on his pains emanating from his past relationship(s), of which he has not fully recovered from.

Tickets are used as a euphemism for the lack of honest love reciprocated by the narrator while being in the present relationship, while asking his lover for patience, finesse, balance and kindness.

The relationship didn’t last long enough for the narrator to correct his mistakes, leaving the lover with all the fines in the forms of wasted time, heartache and potentially perpetuating the venomous relationship of skinny loves onto others.

When things finally get better In the morning, Vernon knows he will owe her big time for her staying with him through all this. He’s the one being given the tickets (think speeding ticket), she owns the fines, which means he acknowledges that he owes her.

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