Bon Iver - AUATC ( Ate Up All Their Cake )

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The Bon Iver track AUATC – an acronym for "Ate Up All Their Cake" – was released on 5 August 2020 and is characterized by a surprising vocal blend featuring appearances of Bruce Springsteen, Jenny Lewis, Jenn Wasner and Elsa Jensen, in addition to Justin Vernon’s own. According to a statement by the band, the cryptic lyrics relate to the disparities, marganilization and oppression caused by capitalism and how the global pandemic has magnified these issues. 
What have the artists said about the song?
" Each and every person on earth deserves to live fully with dignity, equity, justice, and joy. Instead, our capitalistic societies have created a world that is most supportive of the wealthy and the elite, and the predatory corporations and policies that drive their disproportionate success. The average person is cast aside and unheard; marginalized communities are further oppressed due to race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, creed, criminal record, housing stability, education, ability, documentation status, and more. The pandemic further magnifies these grave inequities and this unchecked greed. We must continue the fight to topple capitalism as we know it, and recognize our collective participation in its dominant institutions. Bon Iver acknowledges our own position within and use of capitalistic practices. It is with recognition of our privilege that we are fully committed to using our unique platform to challenge and change capitalism within our industry, and far beyond. We must empower and embrace our vulnerable neighbors. We must fight racism and sexism and classism to build a stronger foundation for the home we all deserve. We must support the leaders and organizations working to change our world for the better. From providing safe and stable housing, to empowering women, to liberating incarcerated people, to celebrating art and music, to fighting climate change, these organizations work tirelessly to foster a world that celebrates our humanity on a local, national, and global level. Please explore, support, and take action" 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

2020-12-16 SiriusXM Studio, New York City
Bruce plays the song during his 16 th episode of 'From My Home To Yours'. The episode was titled "Hits Of The Week"
Bruce: Next up 'AUATC' by my friend Justin, Bon Iver. I am here, singing somewhere, on this lovely song." 


Well, you're up all night
And your head's down low
If you can see your own kite (Shed a little light on it. No?)
You know a burden ain't a bust
You are the only way to trust ya
Only?a better pauper?

Lay down, Martha
Lay?down the holy banner flag
Hold out, Martha
Help is surely on its way
And it's not right
Don't bask in the glory of mine
But oh no, they cannot take that part away

Ate up all their cake
And they drank their own wine
They were always on the take (Will you shed a little light on it)
Well, you know the burden ain't a gust
The only path to love is touch
I know that all that ain't probably amount to much

Lay down, Martha
Lay all that alabaster down
There's no master and
Help will surely come around
I don't ask
I don't bask in the glory
Oh no
And it's up to me if I don't wear a mask

Well you're up all night
And your neighbors don't know
Man, your neighbors don't know
(So shed a little light on it)
You know a burden ain't a bust
You know the truth's been made a crutch
No no no
Only a better pauper made him up