[Instrumental]

from Bon Iver – Lisbon, OH Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Bon Iver’s self titled sophmore album consists of ten songs, each of them named after or describing a real place.

This instrumental is titled after the Ohio village of Lisbon, which according to the 2000 census has a population of 2,788. Founder Justin Vernon told UK newspaper The Sun

All these places names have a story or an emblem for a feeling or notion."

Vernon composed the instrumental as he was writing letters to his friend Ian Wallace serving three years in prison in Lisbon, Ohio. According to Q magazine, his pal ended up in jail as a result of attempting to blow-up two university buildings for the Earth Liberation Front.

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