Christmas night, it clutched the light, the hallow bright
Above my brother, I and tangled spines
We smoked the screen to make it what it was to be
Now to know it my memory:
This whole stanza alludes to discovering that Christmas isn’t real, he is spying on his brother Christmas Night and tried to find out what it really was.
It’s about a change through periods of time, childhood to adulthood. I think Justin just used Holocene as a symbol for the period of his life when he became self- conscious of his place.
Before Justin played Holocene in Toronto, he explained the song was about “going out and smoking a joint with your brother on Christmas.” This verse in particular directly relates to that theme.
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