Song of the Day: The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home

Never knew a band with such enormous talent in digging out emotions in me exists. The Cinematic Orchestra (an electronic jazz band), started out in the late 90’s by Jason Swinscoe.  (God, I swear I thought Alanis Morissette and The Cranberries were the only cool bands I know during my elementary days.) Listening to their previous albums reminds me of  Mazzy Star, Bloc Party, Massive Attack and the likes. Standing apart from their usual outfit is their Ma Fleur album and in it is where To Build A Home was made. (By the way, Ma Fleur in French means “My Flower” in which some consider it as a term of endearment to someone special.)

To Build A Home. That unknown song you’ve heard from films and televisions over and over again. In fact, the first time I heard this song was on So You Think You Can Dance (Thanks to the show, it lead me to awesome bands and songs). I remember jotting down on my journal each song featured by the contestants and this was one of the most powerful piece that twiddled my emotions round and round. Added by Patrick Watson’s voice (featuring artist for To Build A Home), it gives you an efffect similar to that Bon Iver’s Skinny Love do to me.

Interpretation of the song varies from different person and to how they relate to the song. Mine is more of a relationship that is dying or died. A sad but a beautiful kind of parting, of saying goodbye to a true love.

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

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

(Instrumental)

Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
There is a tree that’s 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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