How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? lyrics

How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? © 2021

Track listing

  1. Latter Days (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)
  2. Reese
  3. Phoenix (featuring Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell)
  4. Birch (featuring Taylor Swift)
  5. Renegade (featuring Taylor Swift)
  6. The Ghost of Cincinnati
  7. Hoping Then
  8. Mimi (featuring Ilsey)
  9. Easy to Sabotage (featuring Naeem)
  10. Hutch (featuring Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and Shara Nova)
  11. 8:22AM (featuring La Force)
  12. Magnolia
  13. June’s a River (featuring Ben Howard and This Is the Kit)
  14. Brycie
  15. New Auburn (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)

Latter Days (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)

Latter Days (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Anaïs Mitchell & Justin Vernon

“How long?” Is what you asked
“How long do you think it’s gonna last?”
You at the corner store
You were stocking up before the storm
Stacked yourself against the odds
Talkin’ back to an act of God
You and your clever mouth
You were laughing when the lights went out

I recall it all forever
How it found us where we lay
With our arms around each other
In the latter days, in the latter days

“How high?” Is what you said
“How high do you think it’s gonna get?”
You at the water’s edge
On the jetty when you were a kid
Passed around a plastic cup
Passed out spinnin’ in the house where you grew up
You in your childhood bed
And the wildest dream you ever had

You recall it all forever
How it found you where you lay
And you called out for your brother
In the latter days
I recall it all forever
How it found us where we lay
With our arms around each other
In the latter days

How high do you?
How high do you?

I recall it all forever
How we sheltered in our place
And we called each other lovers
In the latter days
I recall it all forever
How there was no hiding place
So we called each other brothers
In the latter days, in the latter days

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Reese

Reese
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon

What you shoulda been
What you woulda been
But there ain’t no problem now
What’s your middle name?
Are you often blamed?
Do you care about the cost?

Where’s the middle again?
Can I get back there?
Well I won’t let them talk
Well it’s at it again
And it heads to its home
On the north end of redded woe
Well I won’t be ready to go
I’ll deny

A little bit older now
Out in the wilderness
With some valedictorian
You had wagered up your torch
And then you lost your paraffin
Off the dead stump up the trees
Oh, your head, it split the crease
And the ghosts you may never know
You will never mend

I will never end
And I went off then
To the meadowlands
Where yer momma can’t
That’s a boundary pass on it

What you woulda been
What you should been died

Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more than that
Well I’m more
Here we go

What’s that supposed to be (mean)?
It is over me
All before eleven-thirty
And by noon I’ll be
Dreading everything

I won’t belabor points but I will hit you in the head
I won’t belabor points but I will hit it on the head
I won’t belabor points but I will hit you on the head
I won’t belabor points but I will hit it on the head

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Phoenix (featuring Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell)

Phoenix (featuring Fleet Foxes and Anaïs Mitchell)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Anaïs Mitchell, Justin Vernon & Robin Pecknold

Out in the loading bay light
Watching the fog recede
Divided the flame you slowly gave to me
Sign of relief in my mind
But I only caught you the one time
Later I’d watch you and wonder what it was like

How do you bear the full weight?
How does the long way feel?
Kneading your hand too tight against the wheel?
How do you stay in that tower?
How do you reckon your own power?
How does the wheel not turn hour on hour on hour?

I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take
I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take

How do you bear the full weight?
How does the long way feel?
Kneading your hand too tight against the wheel?
How do you stay in that tower?
How do you reckon your own power?
How does the wheel not turn hour on hour on hour?

I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take
I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take, now
I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take, now
I was trying to find my way
I was thinking my mind was made
But you were making my heart change shape
It’s all that I could take, now

How do you stay in that tower?
How does the long way feel?
How does the wheel not turn hour on hour on hour?
(Trying to find my way)
(I was thinking my mind was made)
(All that I, all that I could)

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Birch (featuring Taylor Swift)

Birch (featuring Taylor Swift)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf & Justin Vernon

The way I woke up was old
Was all fucking choke
And it ain’t easier after a week
Were on a long byway standing still

Well, if you cannot tell I’ll tell you right away
If I’ll stay a spell, or if I cannot stay
I am less at ease, not the best at these
See the forest trees, call what’s these what’s these

What’s these (What’s these)

Hey Madeline, thanks
For to case out the fog, for Jennifer
Seems she needed you badly

So I beg on knees
Can we share IDs?
Will you always need?
We havе common needs
We can sure deplеte
We can be replete
Address table needs
It is swift your speed

The way I wake up now, is a brand new way
And no it ain’t that way, like it was before

So I cannot leave
Yes I must here stay

Cause I know what’s good
And I’ll die that way
No I cannot seem
To get a moment’s peace
If there’s a man like me
His birch ain’t my tree

The way I woke up now
Is a brand new way
It ain’t what it was before

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Renegade (featuring Taylor Swift)

Renegade (featuring Taylor Swift)
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift

I tapped on your window on your darkest night
The shape of you was jagged and weak
There was nowhere for me to stay, but I stayed anyway
And if I would’ve known how many pieces you had crumbled into
I might have let them lay

Are you really gonna talk about timin’ in times like these?
And let all your damage, damage me
And carry your baggage up my street
And make me your future history, it’s time
You’ve come a long way, open the blinds, let me see your face
You wouldn’t be the first renegade, to need somebody
Is it insensitive for me to say “Get your shit together so I can love you?”
Is it really your anxiety that stops you from givin’ me everything?
Or do you just not want to?

I tapped on your window on your darkest night
The shape of you was jagged and weak
There was nowhere for me to stay, but I stayed anyway
You fire off missiles ’cause you hate yourself
But do you know you’re demolishin’ me?
And then you squeeze my hand as I’m about to leave

Are you really gonna talk about timin’ in times like these?
And let all your damage, damage me
And carry your baggage up my street
And make me your future history, it’s time
You’ve come a long way, open the blinds, let me see your face
You wouldn’t be the first renegade, to need somebody
Is it insensitive for me to say “Get your shit together so I can love you?”
Is it really your anxiety that stops you from givin’ me everything?
Or do you just not want to?

And if I would have known
How sharp the pieces were you crumbled into
I might have let them lay

Are you really gonna talk about timin’ in times like these?
And let all your damage, damage me
And carry your baggage up my street
And make me your future history, it’s time
You’ve come a long way, open the blinds, let me see your face
You wouldn’t be the first renegade, to need somebody
To need somebody, to need somebody, to need somebody, to need somebody (Are you really gonna talk about timin’ in times like these?)
(And let all your damage, damage me)
Is it insensitive for me to say “Get your shit together so I can love you?” (And carry your baggage up my street)
(And make me your future history, it’s time)
Is it really your anxiety that stops you from givin’ me everything? (You come a long way, open the blinds, let me see your face)
(You wouldn’t be the first renegade, to need somebody)
Or do you just not want to?

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The Ghost of Cincinnati

The Ghost of Cincinnati
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Nicole Riegel

There the bell tolls noon on 12th and Vine
And I still need this overtime
‘Cause I’m over myself
I’m over the hill
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time
For the millionth time

I park at this spot and stare at the water
Try to remember I’m somebody’s father
Dawn commute across Covington Bridge
Get lost in my head, just looking at it
Now I’m looking at you
Through the hole in my sheet
And I still need this overtime

‘Cause I’m over myself
I’m over the hill
I’m Over-the-Rhinе
For the millionth time
For the millionth timе
I’m overspent
Overworked
Overlooked
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time

Cut through Ault Park ’cause it’s safe now
I stalk the streets in my nightgown
The Ghost of Cincinnati slinks past
I smell your coffee, can you taste that?
My lip on your cup won’t even feel real
I’m rushing there, all the way there

‘Cause I’m over myself
Over the hill
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time
For the millionth time
I’m overspent
Overworked
Overlooked
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time
I feel over my head
Over the hill
I’m over myself
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time

Stalk the spring grove
Rot in my old clothes
Pardon Pete Rose
And wonder why the evil grows
Now I’m in the big time?
Not a suicide
I’d stalk the streets
And haunt you from the northside
I pace the hedge row
Dodge the low blows
Play the Fountain Square
And wonder where my cousins go
I haunt the northside
Stop the traffic lights
Cycle up Price Hill
And stare up at the Pepsi sign

I’m overextended
I’m over it all
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time
I’m overextended
I’m over it all
I’m Over-the-Rhine
For the millionth time
For the millionth time

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Hoping Then

Hoping Then
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon

I was hoping then
I was hoping that you’d
I was hoping that you’d follow me out there
Down the one
In the hopes of making
All the in room weather
Just sit down and listen
It’s not a rare condition
Just admit that you miss him
It’s a mix then in it
See the land is missing

It’s on the edge
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for

I was hoping then
I was hoping that you’d
I was hoping that you’d follow me out there
Do I need permission
To break tradition?
In the end its better
In the end you weather

It’s on the edge
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for

It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for
It’s on the edge of why I can’t sleep soundly
It’s on the edge of what we’re grateful for

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Mimi (featuring Ilsey)

Mimi (featuring Ilsey)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Ilsey Juber & Justin Vernon

To tell the truth darling I’d have to lead a coup
Past the platitudes, right past the dotted rules
I paid attention, I paid my dues
Now that I know a thing or two
I say thank you

Would you stare eyes open if I ever came ’round with the golden gun?
Would you ever light up with somebody like me? (Looked like my son, he looked like a sun)
Would you stare eyes open if I ever came round with the golden gun? (On my back, felt like it)
Would you ever lay down with somebody like me?
(On my back, felt like it)

It really wasn’t a fall
It was nothing at all
All that they came in proving
Well they sure was zooming
I have to cast up, a big wet net through
Now that I ask after you, I’ve gotta pass through now

Would you stare eyes open if I ever came ’round with the golden gun?
Would you ever light up with somebody like me? (To tell the truth)
Would you come right over with the crown royal if I said run, run, run (I’d have to lead a coup, past the platitudes)
Would you ever lay down with somebody like me? (Right past the dotted rules)
Would you stare eyes open if I ever came ’round with the golden gun? (I paid attention, I paid my dues, I gotta ask you)
Would you ever light up with somebody like me?
(Do you say thank you?)

Looked like my son (I say thank you)
He looked like a sun (I say thank you, I say thank you)
On my back (I say thank you, I say thank you)
Felt like it (I say thank you, I say thank you)
Looked like my son (I say thank you, I say thank you)
He looked like a sun (I say thank you, I say thank you)
On my back (I say thank you, I say thank you)
Felt like it (I say thank you, I say thank you)
On my back (I say thank you)
Felt like it (I say thank you, I say thank you)
On my back (I say thank you, I say thank you)
Felt like it (I say thank you)

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Easy to Sabotage (featuring Naeem)

Easy to Sabotage (featuring Naeem)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Justin Vernon & Naeem

I’m, I’m gonna, I’m gonna keep, I’m gonna keep going, I’m gonna keep going

Well if someone who would tell you, they can’t love you
You go the other way
Well if someone tell you that they love you
And you can’t, you go the other way
I’m, I’m gonna, I’m gonna keep, I’m gonna keep going, I’m gonna keep going
You go the other way around
You go the other way around
Turns there this way, turns there this way
I was a hollering the other night
Do anything they say
Don’t let nobody tell you that they don’t love you, no
You go the other way around

Laid out like a book
You’re reading my whole mind
Highlighting, highlighting the intimate things they’ve found
Shame, shame, shame, shame’s the one that leads you down
The wrong road to be robbed blind, blind, blind
Still it’s the eye that deceits

You can’t hypnotize me
You can’t hypnotize me
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
You can’t hypnotize me
(Are you frowning now?)
You go the other way around
Other way around
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Other way around
Other way around
You can’t hypnotize me
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
But I’m so easy to sabotage
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
You can’t hypnotize me
(I was a hollering the other night)
But I’m so easy to sabotage
You know you can’t hypnotize me
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
But I’m so easy, to sabotage
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Turns there this way, turns there this way
I was a hollering the other night
Do anything they say

Laid out like a book
You’re reading my whole mind
Highlighting, highlighting the intimate things they’ve found
Shame, shame, shame, shame’s the one that leads you down
The wrong road to be robbed blind, blind, blind
Still it’s the eye that deceits
In blindness we are free
The beautiful ones every time
(I’m so easy to sabotage)
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Laid out like a book
You’re reading my whole mind
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Highlighting, highlighting the intimate things they’ve found
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Shame, shame, shame, shame’s the one that leads you down
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
The wrong road to be robbed blind, blind, blind
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Still it’s the eye that deceits
In blindness we are free
Are you frowning now?
The beautiful ones every time
(I’m so easy, I’m so easy, I’m so easy)
Can’t hypnotize me, no way

Have you found it now?
Are you frowning now?
Have you found it now?
Are you frowning now?

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Hutch (featuring Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and Shara Nova)

Hutch (featuring Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan and Shara Nova)
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon

You were alive
And you were unafraid
Of how much the world could take from you
So how did you lose your way?
And what can you tell me now?
How are you these days?
I want to know everything
How hard are times out there?
These are the things
That I wish I could’ve said
To you

So I can relate
With the notion of need to erase me
I know you weren’t faking or making it up
How did it get that bad?
Did you even hesitate?
You go out so far to escape
To try and replace your fate
So you say
“Thеre’s no need to contemplate
Likе we all end up dead anyway
And there are no remedies ready”
But I swear there are many
But I swear there are many
And if I could I would pick you back up to the top

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8:22AM (featuring La Force)

8:22 AM (featuring La Force)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Ariel Engle, Bryan Devendorf, Justin Vernon & Ragnar Kjartansson

And it’s that time in the morning
When I was born
Tears were all around to an open floor
Around to an open floor
Day I

Well I
Well it’s that time in the afternoon
When I could see it
All us, all us, all us
Oh, it’s too bad
Pouring out the windows wide, I only like

Wait
Windows down
Windows down
If you wait for me
(Wait for me)

Whenever you’ve lost space
Whenever I lost you
I was just like you
Remember I’m right here
Whenever I’m needed
All that I see


Songs of feathers and glory
Early morning flights
All these years ago
Seeing darknеss out of the window
Wait for me (Wait for us, ooo)
Seeing darkness out of thе window (Ooo)
(Wait for us)
Seeing darkness out of the window

Whenever you’ve lost space
Whenever I lost you
I was just like you
Remember I’m right here
Whenever I’m needed
All that I see

Well it’s that time in the evening
That I look out the door
And everybody saw it
And everybody saw it
Well it’s too bad way
Well it’s just that way
All of us together this way
All of us a feather away

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Magnolia

Magnolia
Written by: Aaron Dessner

Was it far when you fell?
Was it hard can you tell me?
Magnolia, can you tell me?

Did you forget?
Did you grieve yet?
Did you regret?
Did you heal yet?
Magnolia, did you heal yet?

You were out on a ledge that night
Anything to avoid a fight
I was worried you’d lost your mind
Lost track of time ’til you came back

Was it far when you fell?
Was it hard can you tell me?
Magnolia, can you tell me?

Did you accept he’s a demon?
Did you regret? Did you leave him?
Magnolia, did you leave him?

What’s ahead?
Lift your eyes up
Need to mend
Pick yourself up
Magnolia, pick yourself up
Out from under this axiom
Wish that I could just save you from
You were grieving the treachery, the [?]
When I came home

You were out on a ledge that night
Anything to avoid a fight
I was worried you lost your mind
Lost track of time ’til you came back

Too soon
It’s all gone
Well I’m home
Who knew
It’s all gone
Wish I’d known
In the ashes of
In the Ohio
In the river flow I watch you go
Well you burned it down
And erased this town
Well you had to go
Well I should know

Was it far when you fell?
Was it hard can you tell me?
Magnolia, can you tell me?
Did you forget? Did you grieve yet?
Did you regret? Did you heal yet?
Magnolia, did you heal yet?

What’s ahead? Lift your eyes up
We demand, pick yourself up
Magnolia, pick yourself up

Too soon
It’s all gone
Well I’m home
Who knew
It’s all wrong
Wish I’d known
Too soon
It’s all gone
Wish I was home

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June’s a River (featuring Ben Howard and This Is the Kit)

June’s a River (featuring Ben Howard and This Is the Kit)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Ben Howard & Bryan Devendorf

Mocking, glaring
Well the best of it was caring
More than modelling
You shook a leaf from a ledge and falling
Brought the ground back
To where it began
Untethering
Untethering

May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Unsight of you
May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Nearly through

Better side staring
Soft glide, I swear it
Took me in my tracks
Fairing badly
Without, without, without
Your hour in the daytime

Calcing, caring
Well the soft of you, unbearing
Calcing, caring
Well the soft of you, unbearing
Calcing, caring
Well the soft of you, unbearing

May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Unsight of you
May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river, but
I’m nеarly through

Course I’m wary
Well the sight of you, unbеaring
Course I’m wary
Well the sight of you, unbearing
Mocking, glaring
Well the best of it was caring
More than modelling
You shook a leaf from a ledge and falling
Brought the ground back
To where it
Began untethering
Untethering

May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Nearly through
May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Well nearly through
May’s a ruin
Unsight of you
June’s a river
Nearly through
May’s a ruin
Unsight of you

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Brycie

Brycie
Written by: Aaron Dessner & Jessica Dessner

Take me high, lay me low
You know my thoughts before I know
Lift me up when I’m down
You watched my back when we were young

You watched my back when we were young
You stick around when we’re old
I’m sleeping sound when you’re in the room
You help me stay above the ground

You said I couldn’t take it, I wouldn’t make it
I hate to say it, oh, wait a minute
I couldn’t take it over it now

You take me high, you lay me low
You know my thoughts before I know
I wore it out, you wore me down
You watched my back when we were young

You said I couldn’t take it, I wouldn’t make it
I hate to say it, oh, wait a minute
I couldn’t take it over it now
He said I can’t relate, it’s all in your mind
I hate to say it, oh, wait a minute
I couldn’t take it, oh, not to worry, over it now

If I’m the trouble, you’re the storm
If I’m the sound, you’re the song
If I’m the thunder, you’re the law
If I’m the dusk, you’re the war

You said I couldn’t take it, I can’t relate
Oh, wait a minute, I wouldn’t say it
Over the top, I wouldn’t make it
I hesitate, oh, wait a minute
I hate to say it, tonight he’s worth saving
Oh, I didn’t mean it, over it now
You said I can’t relate, you couldn’t take it
Oh, wait a minute, honey where’s my money
I hate to say it, tonight he’s worth saving
Over it now

Lift me up when I’m feeling down
Help me stay above the ground

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New Auburn (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)

New Auburn (featuring Anaïs Mitchell)
Written by: Aaron Dessner, Anaïs Mitchell & Justin Vernon

You rolling Jon?
Rolling

Every time I drive up on fifty-three
I’m seeing sideways up ahead of me
There’s little lakes, there’s little fountains
There’s little molehills made out of mountains
There’s little prayers that I perceive, ah

Every time I drive up on fifty-four
It goes past Mick’s and Dick’s general store
There goes the signal, it’s dropped for miles
There goes the static at the top of the dial

Every wild plan screamed it
By only a hundred years, a way-man
Who am I to witness, who am I to see
Who am I to notice which way a tree
Falling alone fall silently

Half a mile later, just past the sign
There’s a Winnebago, an Econoline
I smell the lake on up aways
I know the exit and the parking place

We used to swim out in the sun
We were swimming out there under heaven
We were too young to have been unforgiven

Who are you to listen, who are you to care?
Just someone who knows me from anywhere
Where do we come from out of thin air?
I hear you whisper in the back of my hair

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