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The Cinematic Orchestra — To Build A Home
Album: Ma Fleur
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7.6

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Total ratings: 4254









Released: 2007
Length: 6:04
Plays (last 30 days): 3
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........

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 its 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
Held on as tightly as you held onto me
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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Damn I’m trying to out of my car but RP keeps me here!
Touching It reminds of a tree we used to climb in Brooklyn N.Y. when were kids Yes we were on top of the world
Gorgeous beyond words.

My hairy appendage and I live in a house we spent a good few years building (and it'll never be quite finished, if I'm honest) on a field he used to play in as a child. The house and its surroundings are more than just bricks, mortar and soil; it's all part of us, under our skin, in our blood and bones. One day, it - and us - will be nothing but dust. It's how it should be. 
tgrier it's just rude to make me tear up over my morning coffee
 tgrier wrote:
One of my rare 10. This song makes me pause and sit and listen. It reminds me of my love. My life and how little time I have left to make an impact. That the universe/world owes you nothing. And all of the things I worry about. Things I chase. Will be irrelevant on that day when I climb that tree just to see the world knowing it is my last day.
 
This is a true stop and listen and think about those who have gone and love those that are here - this track is used in a series - not sure if Netflix or Amazon!  "This is Us" and is played at one of the most powerful points in series 2
Love love love this song. Lyrics and music are in perfect synchronicity. Tremendous.

A true desert island song.
Beautiful words, beautiful song.
Just ... sublime. True art.
Antony and the Johnsons was the first that I thougt of...
We had an organist that played at my parent's wedding, and ours too (some 50 years apart). Also a cello player, so when they remodeled the organ and added a Kurzweil keyboard to it that she could play a cello voice through, she would every chance.

This is for you Mary Eileen for enriching so many people at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. 
 tgrier wrote:
One of my rare 10. This song makes me pause and sit and listen. It reminds me of my love. My life and how little time I have left to make an impact. That the universe/world owes you nothing. And all of the things I worry about. Things I chase. Will be irrelevant on that day when I climb that tree just to see the world knowing it is my last day.
 
Beautifuly said
I remember it from a trailer of a very talented TV show called "Awake".
I really enjoy this bands music - lush and beatiful. And lyrically gorgeous as well. I just wish I didn't find the vocalist insipid; knocks it down to a 7.
Most depressing song ever. Love it. 9
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live   Radio Paradise
My rating is still: 8 - Most Excellent  
 
My rating is not still 8....it's a 9 now and maybe a 10 one day....still....Long Live RP!!
 tomaszdl wrote:


Perfume Genius - that's the closest you'll get to this. Check it out
 

Thanks, I shall :)

Perhaps the video will help exorcize your coldplay demon. ~


https://youtu.be/oUFJJNQGwhk

{#Crown}
It's very good - it's also the most played track on RP. 
First few times I heard this song I could have sworn it was Coldplay... but the more I hear it, the more I realize, this is what Coldplay would sound like if they had actual talent!

What can I say, I guess it's growing on me.
 be4con wrote:
Sounds like Keane crossed with Coldplay. But in a good way. 7 from me. The lyrics are beautiful.
 

Perfume Genius - that's the closest you'll get to this. Check it out
 tgrier wrote:
One of my rare 10. This song makes me pause and sit and listen. It reminds me of my love. My life and how little time I have left to make an impact. That the universe/world owes you nothing. And all of the things I worry about. Things I chase. Will be irrelevant on that day when I climb that tree just to see the world knowing it is my last day.
 
Wow, that reads like poetry, exceptionally well written tgrier! And fully concur, one of my personal favourites and exceptionally rare 10's too! 
Sounds like Keane crossed with Coldplay. But in a good way. 7 from me. The lyrics are beautiful.
 tgrier wrote:
One of my rare 10. This song makes me pause and sit and listen. It reminds me of my love. My life and how little time I have left to make an impact. That the universe/world owes you nothing. And all of the things I worry about. Things I chase. Will be irrelevant on that day when I climb that tree just to see the world knowing it is my last day.
 
Amazing... This playing on My Favorites so close to the "live" time you posted this. I couldn't agree more. 
One of my rare 10. This song makes me pause and sit and listen. It reminds me of my love. My life and how little time I have left to make an impact. That the universe/world owes you nothing. And all of the things I worry about. Things I chase. Will be irrelevant on that day when I climb that tree just to see the world knowing it is my last day.
 murdog wrote:
If you like this voice, have a listen to Patrick Watson's "Close to Paradise" album. Like silk. If you don't like it, try to have a nice day anyway!
 
Totally agree, dear Murdog, have a nice day from France too.
Great Video...sad.
I think what cemented this song for me was it's use in a very emotional commercial for the nations largest insurer almost literally in my back yard in Bloomington, Illinois, State Farm (link to YouTube video).
If you like this voice, have a listen to Patrick Watson's "Close to Paradise" album. Like silk. If you don't like it, try to have a nice day anyway!
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Still no PSD on mobile, alas.
 Try the ejector seat

 TravelRat wrote:

Agreed. The song isn't bad, but the Coldplayesque factor is distracting for me.

 
I totally get that, too, and upon first hearing it years ago it was my initial thought also, but I then realised after a few listens that it is miles apart from Coldplay in the songwriting quality, and then, you start to “hear” it...   This realisation was most likely because I listened to all of their matterial.  It’s now my favourite song of all time - it’s just a shame RP doesn’t play more of their music!  


 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Still no PSD on mobile, alas.

 
Not that I would use it on this song, but the PSD button works on my phone, both live stream and cache.
AN EXCELLENT TUNE... and it lulls me to the bed where I can lay my weary head.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. - Paul Valery
Still no PSD on mobile, alas.

          
BEAUTIFUL.
Nice post 1wolfy.

Love this song.  The set is fantastic:

Porcupine Tree — Point 3 (.3)
Buffalo Springfield — Broken Arrow
The Cinematic Orchestra — To Build A Home

and continues with S&G's Scarborough Fair.


I have yet to tire of this one.  I see myself in it.  A life well lived, but someday I know it'll end..{#Meditate}  I love the tree imagery-I'm there..As a child I used to climb high atop the tree in front of our home.  There I'd swing in the breeze with that tree..I felt as though we were as one.  My childhood was so magical and this song takes me there..It puts me in the moment  
My favourite song of all time!  Just beautiful! 
Sounds like Patrick Watson's "Lighthouse"  Also a great piece of Art!
Patrick Watson singing?
 ChrisVIII wrote:
that sounds too much like Coldplay to my taste... I can't stand whining singers - the music is better than Coldplay though

 
Agreed. The song isn't bad, but the Coldplayesque factor is distracting for me.
If you haven't heard CO's instrumental Arrival of the Birds/Transformation, do yourself a favor. It's the kind of piece that makes you stop what you're doing and find yourself lost in it until it's over. 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
that sounds too much like Coldplay to my taste... I can't stand whining singers - the music is better than Coldplay though

 
They are so much subtle than Coldplay, try to listen to the whole album.
Delicate, touching, beautiful music
 zunismyst wrote:
his voice is somewhat similar to Jeff Buckley's

 
true!
 coloradojohn wrote:
 I can't help but be reminded of the verse in The Koran where truth-seekers come to ask Issa (Jesus), "Prophet, what is the meaning of this confusing life?" and he responds, "This life is like a bridge that must be crossed to the other side...it does not behoove one to stop and try to build a house in the middle of the bridge."

 

This is a really brilliant bit of advice. Something to ponder.


Such a gem, this song! Thinking over the poignant lyrics yet again, I can't help but be reminded of the verse in The Koran where truth-seekers come to ask Issa (Jesus), "Prophet, what is the meaning of this confusing life?" and he responds, "This life is like a bridge that must be crossed to the other side...it does not behoove one to stop and try to build a house in the middle of the bridge." The Japanese notion that The pleasures of life are as ephemeral as cherry blossoms was steeped into me during the 20 years I was there, as well...
 coloradojohn wrote:
I also feel that's exactly what this is, and further, it evokes a haunting mix of nostalgia and tragic loss. To hear it played would be: wow!
——— 

lily34 wrote:
i still feel like this is an amazingly beautiful melancholy song.
a friend's kid was playing it on the piano the other day.


 
My contextual rating for this track is a 10 when I'm in happy to be sad and a 6 otherwise (i.e. right now) - so I guess I'll average that out to a 7?

Long Live RP!


 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
Yawn....... slap me!{#Rolleyes}

 
fast music
that sounds too much like Coldplay to my taste... I can't stand whining singers - the music is better than Coldplay though
Yawn....... slap me!{#Rolleyes}
I also feel that's exactly what this is, and further, it evokes a haunting mix of nostalgia and tragic loss. To hear it played would be: wow!
——— 

lily34 wrote:
i still feel like this is an amazingly beautiful melancholy song.
a friend's kid was playing it on the piano the other day.

Zzzzzzz.. oh for goodness sake please play some new tunes
i adore this. but it makes me sad at the same time. i don't know why.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In the UK this song, or a version of it, is being used in an Ikea advertisement.  Damn them because it will forever alter my association with this Cinematic orchestra song.
 
Another reason added to the list of why I stopped watching the pubic programming tool otherwise called a TV a decade ago.  

Stephen_Phillips wrote:
In the UK this song, or a version of it, is being used in an Ikea advertisement.  Damn them because it will forever alter my association with this Cinematic orchestra song.

 
I knew I heard it somewhere - I thought it was from a movie - no matter it is just a great track - like a number of other comments I have to stop - listen
Great song. Always a reminder to link this calming video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw 
 passsion8 wrote:
Every single time. Stops me in my tracks. Brilliant. 

 
Well said. It's breathtaking.
Every single time. Stops me in my tracks. Brilliant. 
i still feel like this is an amazingly beautiful melancholy song.
a friend's kid was playing it on the piano the other day.
his voice is somewhat similar to Jeff Buckley's
 easmann wrote:

Completely altered my perception of the song.

 

every single time, this hits me hard.
Duh - just read about it on Wikipedia and it IS Patrick Watson - whew!
 
Could have sworn this was Patrick Watson! LOVE it ...
 
In the UK this song, or a version of it, is being used in an Ikea advertisement.  Damn them because it will forever alter my association with this Cinematic orchestra song.
Hmm, now this one is actually pretty boring.  I like Coldplay but I thought it was one of Coldplay's less interesting tunes, now to find out it is someone else.  Either way, it just doesn't do it for me.
...oh, thank-you but I don't need any insurance
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajhrAcYLxu8
 Lampje99 wrote:
nicely put



 


 torino390 wrote:
It's one of those chord sequences that instantly sounds right. That and quite haunting vocals make a nice package. I like it a lot. 

 


It's one of those chord sequences that instantly sounds right. That and quite haunting vocals make a nice package. I like it a lot. 
 CWKeeney wrote:
Beautiful song.   This song seems to engender a lot of heavy tales- here's another:  It was my friend's fiancée's favorite song-  they were both killed in the Kenya mall bombing, along with their about-to-be born baby.  This song was played at their funeral... 

 
lily34 wrote:
i just saw this. wow.
 
Completely altered my perception of the song.
What a nice playlist !
playing my 7's today, it is quite likeable
{#Sunny}
very nice!
I absolutely love this song.
{#Propeller}
Bill is on a roll this morning...
What a beautiful song. I only wish it didn't end. It tells my story as I move to dust. 8.2
 CWKeeney wrote:
Beautiful song.   This song seems to engender a lot of heavy tales- here's another:  It was my friend's fiancée's favorite song-  they were both killed in the Kenya mall bombing, along with their about-to-be born baby.  This song was played at their funeral... 

 
i just saw this. wow.
Yup. The DJ simply rocks!
So soothing
Going from 9 to 10 !

RP is such a great place ;-) 
 veloman wrote:
My son says " euthanasia sound track, lowering you into the furnace"

 
At least it's warm and no one will be left out in the cold...
Patrick Watson also has a few albums of is own... Really great stuff that would be a great fit for this station!
Great song. I feel wide space
           Titleless

If I voice the range in garden
 Would you still forgive me ?
 Deadwing wrote:
Yikes. I always thought this was Coldplay.

*So very embarrassed* 

 
I'm pretty sure - we need even more of those talented guys! {#Clap}{#Clap}{#Clap}
Exquisit playlist this evening.
Greetings from old europe. .. 
 {#Meditate} you said-wrote it schitfitz wrote:
Very peaceful. Kinda what I needed this morning.

 


My son says " euthanasia sound track, lowering you into the furnace"
The audio equivalent of plaintive. But in a good way.
Wait for it.... 
Just saw Patrick Watson and his extraordinary musicians last sunday in Lyon. It was simply the most emotional performance I have seen to date. Everyone in the crowd could feel it. It is true that given the recent events in France we were all a bit sensitive and demanding of good music, but Patrick & co exceeded all expectations with incredible ease and good humour. We truly felt at home with their music. I highly recommend you go to one of their shows if you have a chance.
 Deadwing wrote:
Yikes. I always thought this was Coldplay.

*So very embarrassed* 

 

Why are you embarrassed?
Very peaceful. Kinda what I needed this morning.
Exquisite. 'Nuff said.
Yikes. I always thought this was Coldplay.

*So very embarrassed* 
loveliness {#Sleep}
Dreadful.
 joempie wrote:
Go build a home, whatever. Just stop trying to sing please.

 
Why? The voice is as expressive as what it expresses. Would you say the same about Buckley's "Halleluiah?" Give a little.
Go build a home, whatever. Just stop trying to sing please.
Hard to breath normally thru this. I will never forget him doing this live, collectively the crowd had a physical response - painful joy
Makes me smile  and sad at once it's lovely
Disagree, the poetry is first class, the music is fine, that's as much as I need.
he was from the 'Chris Martin of Coldplay' school of singing, seemed to me.  And quite a dreary voice, at that.
there is so much more to a 'home' than the physical structure.  It is the relationships and love taking place within that home that make it a true home..a refuge..a place one never forgets.  A place to live and a place to die.
This song always grabs my attention and makes me smile. This spring my family bought an older (built 1901) home in the Pacific Northwest that we hope to retire there.

I spent 3 months this summer up north, solo, working two jobs.  House handyman making lots of dust, and my paying job that thankfully allowed be to work remotely.  Unfortunately I was away from family with minimal furnishings, a 'desk' (folding chair and folding card table), add in the inflatable 'bed'.   Even away from family, I didn't feel alone.  It's in the friendliest neighborhood I've known.  This song resonates my summer up north: 
  This is a place where I don't feel alone
  This is a place where I feel at home.

It's my kid's home for now, until the college degree. I smile thinking of the time we can return and call it home.
Beautiful song.   This song seems to engender a lot of heavy tales- here's another:  It was my friend's fiancée's favorite song-  they were both killed in the Kenya mall bombing, along with their about-to-be born baby.  This song was played at their funeral... 
I too am now among those souls for whom this lovely song is like a knife into the heart.  All I can do is hope for something good again.
 plaid wrote:
My wife of 8 years and I recently separated and now this song I usually love is killing me.{#Sad}


Hope time has healed some of your pain

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
Held on as tightly as you held onto me
Held on as tightly as you held onto me......

Always makes me cry.
{#Cool}{#Kiss}  love this as much as I did last time you played it on RP....

                                                                                      I want to write piano like this


 Egrey wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqpNQ9AJYgU
 
You sir, have exquisite taste and no soul in equal measure. I doff my hat to you. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqpNQ9AJYgU
Please be safe; music is a haven.  

lanagrin wrote:
thanks for lyrics ) i am from Kiev, Ukraine. RP music helps me through work and some not good news.  

 


 Zoonhollis wrote:
This may very well be the most boring song ever written.

 
Apparently I love boring songs!
This may very well be the most boring song ever written.
In the US we've heard the situation has improved lately. Is that true?

lanagrin wrote:
thanks for lyrics ) i am from Kiev, Ukraine. RP music helps me through work and some not good news.  

 


 Peter_Bradshaw wrote:
{#Wave}...... this tune is so good for my ears. 9 >>>> 10
 
I just did the same, anything that has brought me to tears at some point in my life should fall into the automatic 10 category.  
thanks for lyrics ) i am from Kiev, Ukraine. RP music helps me through work and some not good news.