And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind

from Bon Iver – Skinny Love Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Vernon is benevolent dictator — his advice is all good, but he insists on telling his lover what to do

This could also either be a list of things told to the lover, or to the speaker. He could be talking to himself, or this could be a part of the tall order mentioned before. Also, these could be the motives of wanting to end things, because maybe the speaker’s love did not have these characteristics.

Vernon has been telling the woman in his current relationship that he is requiring a lot of love, patience, and understanding while he heals.

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