Holocene from Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Justin Vernon interviewed Jess Gitner for NPR discussing the track:
JG: Relating to your lyrics, your song titles. I want to say they’re all places. But what is “Holocene”?
JV: Yeah, yeah. Holocene. Holocene is a bar in Portland, Ore., but it’s also the name of a geologic era, an epoch if you will. It’s a good example of how all the songs are all meant to come together as this idea that places are times and people are places and times are…people? [Laughs.] They can all be different and the same at the same time. Most of our lives feel like these epochs. That’s kind of what that song’s about. “Once I knew I was not magnificent.” Our lives feel like these epochs, but really we are dust in the wind. But I think there’s a significance in that insignificance that I was trying to look at in that song.