To Build a Home
The Cinematic Orchestra Lyrics


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There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
This is a place where I don't feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home

'Cause, I built a home
For you
For me

Until it disappeared
From me
From you

And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust

Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it's knees

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me
I held on as tightly as you held onto me

And, I built a home
For you
For me

Until it disappeared
From me
From you

And now, it's time




To leave and turn
To dust

Overall Meaning

The Cinematic Orchestra's song To Build a Home is a deeply emotional and melancholic track that speaks to the importance of creating a sense of home and belonging. The lyrics describe a physical dwelling, a house built out of sturdy materials like stone and wood, with well-worn tables and chairs that have been used and loved for years. While the home is described in detail, it's clear that the true focus of the song is the emotional atmosphere created within the space. The singer is drawn to this place because it provides a sense of safety and belonging - they don't feel alone here, but rather they feel at home.


As the song progresses, the lyrics take a turn toward loss and sadness. The home that was once built with someone else in mind has disappeared, and the singer is left feeling once again alone and disconnected. The final verse is particularly striking, as it shifts from the physical structure of the home to the natural world around it. A tree is described as being as old as the singer, with branches sewn together by the color of green. The singer has climbed this tree to see the world around them, holding tight as the gusts came around to blow them down. Once again, the lyrics emphasize the importance of holding onto something or someone tightly, as a way to create a sense of safety and belonging in a world that is often uncertain and unpredictable.


Line by Line Meaning

There is a house built out of stone
This sturdily constructed house is made entirely out of stone.


Wooden floors, walls and window sills
Inside, the floors, walls and window sills are made out of wood.


Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
The tables and chairs in the house have been well-loved and are now covered in a thick layer of dust.


This is a place where I don't feel alone
The house feels like a safe haven where the artist doesn't feel lonely.


This is a place where I feel at home
The house is a place where the artist truly feels comfortable and at home.


'Cause, I built a home
The singer is happy to live in this home because they took part in building it.


For you
The singer built the home for someone special.


For me
The artist also built the home for themselves.


Until it disappeared
Sadly, something happened that caused the home to be lost or destroyed.


From me
The loss of the home was personally difficult for the artist.


From you
The loss of the home was also difficult for the person the singer built it for.


And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust
The time has come for the house and all its memories to fade away.


Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
In the house's garden, the singer and someone else planted seeds, symbolizing new beginnings.


There is a tree as old as me
A tree has grown in the garden, and it's as old as the singer.


Branches were sewn by the color of green
The branches of the tree are lush and green, symbolizing vitality and growth.


Ground had arose and passed it's knees
The soil around the tree is rich and deep, allowing it to grow tall and strong.


By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
The artist climbed up the tree by holding onto its rough bark.


I climbed the tree to see the world
The singer climbed the tree for a new perspective on life.


When the gusts came around to blow me down
When strong winds came, the singer felt vulnerable and could have fallen from the tree.


I held on as tightly as you held onto me
The artist held onto the tree as tightly as someone else held onto them, implying a close relationship.


And, I built a home
The artist also built a figurative home in their relationship with someone special.


Until it disappeared
Sadly, the relationship has also been lost.


From me
The loss of the relationship was personally difficult for the singer.


From you
The loss of the relationship was also difficult for the person the artist was with.


And now, it's time
The song suggests that it's time to move on from the loss and start anew.


To leave and turn
The singer implies that it's time to let go of the past and move forward.


To dust
The ending of the song symbolizes the fleeting nature of life and how everything eventually fades away.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Jason Angus Stoddart Swinscoe, Patrick Watson, Philip Jonathan France, Stella Page

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Lyrics

There is a house built out of stone
Wooden floors, walls and window sills
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
This is a place where I don't feel alone
This is a place where I feel at home
'Cause, I built a home
For you
For me
Until it disappeared
From me
From you
And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust
Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree as old as me
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Ground had arose and passed it's knees
By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
I climbed the tree to see the world
When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me
I held on as tightly as you held onto me
And, I built a home
For you
For me
Until it disappeared
From me
From you
And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust



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@Skincareandotherstaff

Anyone in 2024?

@irvingriley3067

Together we stand

@dancingmoly

We are here

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Here this song was in orange is the new black

@TheMisspoh

♥️

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Yeup!!!
Year upon year!! 😊

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@manufvs

Don't cry for the past, it's gone. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived yet. Live in the present and make the most of it

@Toob41

Wisdom - thanks Juliana. So much sadness here

@juanjismoo

@NCR Trooper it doesn't say forget... it just says to not cry about it. learning from mistakes is important, but we should not carry it as regret

@helenakk3636

I swear I worried about the future so much and I told to myself that I have to stop and then I saw your comment:(

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