Opening Up.

Life. It’s a son of a bitch at times.

Despite some friends protestations to the contrary, I don’t think I’ll ever post exactly how I feel, or how my life is going on this blog. But I will happily hint at it, which you might have noticed from the last couple of posts.

And today, a friend of mine exposed me to Bon Iver’s cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, combined with a little of her “Nick Of Time” – the entirety of the first song, a few lines of the second – which broke me.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” has always been one of the most affecting songs I’ve ever heard – a testament to melancholy if ever one existed. And combined with Justin Vernon’s voice? “Overwhelming” just can’t do the impact justice.

For now, replace “because you don’t/won’t” with “you do, but…”, and replace “you” with “me”, and “me” with “you”. And ignore the last few lines of the song.

Life. I found out this week that the curse “May you live in interesting times” isn’t in fact Chinese. But I found out the last few months that it still rings true.

Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices
Inside my head
Lay down with me
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close
Don’t patronise
Don’t patronise me

I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel
Something it wont
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart
And I feel the power if you don’t
No you don’t
Cause I can’t make you love me
If you don’t

I’ll close my eyes
Then I wont see
The love you don’t feel
When your holding me
Morning will come
And I’ll do whats right
Just give me till then
To give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel
Something it wont
Here in the dark,in these final hours
I will lay down my heart
And feel the power if you won’t
No you won’t
Cause I can’t make you love me
If you don’t

If you don’t
No you, no you won’t

I found love, darling
I found love, darling
I found love, darling
I found love, darling, yeah
I found love, darling, darling
Love in the nick of time

I found love, darling, yeah
Love in the nick of time

Bon Iver – I Can’t Make You Love Me / Love In The Nick Of Time

www: Bon Iver’s official website, Facebook Page, and MySpace.

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