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To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra Analysis

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To Build a Home by Cinematic Orchestra Analysis
Connotative Means
Symbolism
There are two major symbolist aspects within this song.
1. Home: The home or house that is referenced throughout the whole song represents the future that the artist planned with the woman who he is in a relationship with.
Key phrases: "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".
Rhyme
First stanza:
Stone and alone
- Slant rhyme with home
Fifth stanza:
Slant rhymes between
- Seeds and knees
- Green and me
Narrative
It tells the story of the relationship between the artist and the woman that he planned a future with.
- thoughts of the artist looking back nostalgically about the time he had with the woman he loved.
The song starts off with the symbolic figure of the house. The house represents the future that the couple has planned with each other (built out of stone and had furnishings); they obviously were confident in their plans with one another.
Then the song goes into saying how the artist created this future for them, but now it has disappeared and it is time to turn to dust.
Next, the song goes on to the second major symbolic figure of the tree. The tree represents the couple's relationship together.
Then it ends with how the artist built a home but it has disappeared.
Voice
The voice in this song is the artist talking to the woman that he loves.
The connection that they shared was the relationship and future that they planned together for the rest of their life.
Audience
The audience is the woman that he was in a relationship with.
“And I built a home for you for me. Until it disappeared from me from you”.
By saying the word “you” it can be implied that the artist is referencing the woman he was in love with because he is talking about their relationship together.
Therefore, the artist wrote this song to talk to the woman that he loved and to express his feelings and thoughts about that chapter of his life with her.
Point of View
Point of view is a man who created this future with the woman that he loves. However, she became ill and died, leaving him with the memories of what they thought their lives should have been like,
There isn't any real pattern between words, but there is between stanzas.
Pattern
Title: To Build a Home
Title is the main focus of the song. To elaborate, the song is all about the "home" that they have built together.
The "home" that they have built together is the future that they have planned with each other.
Chloé Nowaczyk
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

To Build a Home Lyrics
"Out in the garden where we planted the seeds"
Seeds
: can either mean actual seeds or the beginning of something
"Branches were sewn by the color of green"
Green
: can either mean growth and life or feeling sick
"'Cause, I built a home"
Home
: can either mean a place to live or a feeling of safety and comfort
"And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust"
Dust
: can either mean becoming old or being dusty/dirty
Symbolism Continued
Imagery
The second symbolic aspect in
To Build a Home
is the tree.
2. Tree: It is mentioned through the second half of the song. The tree is symbolic for the relationship between the artist and the woman he is in love with.
"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".

House:
In the first stanza there are a lot of descriptive words to illustrate what the house/their future looks like.
Words like:
stone, wooden floors, walls, window sills, and tables and chairs with dust.
Tree:
The fifth and sixth stanza describes what the tree/relationship is like.
Phrases used to describe it:
"as old as me", "sewn by the color of green", "ground had arose and passed its knees" (meaning the grass is over grown covering the base of the tree), "cracks of the skin", and "I climbed the tree to see the world" (showing that the tree is tall).
Figure of Speech
Main figure of speech is the symbolism
House/future
Tree/relationship
In addition, there is more trope in the song.
"Until it disappeared from me from you":
This is also symbolism because "it" is referencing the home (future) that they've built together.

Figure of Speech
"And now it is time to leave and turn to dust": E
xample of symbolism to show that their future together has vanished and that now the plan with each other is altered.
After watching the music video, we learn that the woman who the artist is in love with has an illness. Therefore knowing that she is ill and later dies, "turn to dust" has significant meaning.
It can be viewed in three different ways:
1. She is sick and getting older, therefore it is time for her to pass (time to turn to dust).
2. The artist feels that it is time for him to turn to dust and die because the women that he’d loved is now gone.
3. The artist has been with the woman for so long that he feels like nothing without her and will never find someone to replace her.

There is a house built out of stone

1
Wooden floors, walls and window sills
2
Tables and chairs worn by all of the dust
3
This is a place where I don't feel alone

Rhyme with 1

This is a place where I feel at home
4
slant with 1

'Cause, I built a home
Repeat with 4
For you
5
For me

6

Until it disappeared
7
From me
Repeat with 6
From you
Repeat with

5

And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust
Repeat with 3

Out in the garden where we planted the seeds
8
There is a tree as old as me
Repeat with 6
Branches were sewn by the color of green
Slant rhyme with 6
Ground had arose and passed it's knees
Slant rhyme with 8

By the cracks of the skin I climbed to the top
9
I climbed the tree to see the world
10
When the gusts came around to blow me down
11

I held on as tightly as you held onto me
Repeat with 6
I held on as tightly as you held onto me
Repeat with 6

And, I built a home
Repeat with 4
For you
Repeat with 5
For me
Repeat with 6

Until it disappeared
From me
Repeat with 6
From you
Repeat with
5

And now, it's time to leave and turn to dust
Repeat with 3
Figure of Speech Continued
" When the gusts came around to blow me down
I held on as tightly as you held onto me"

These lyrics are a figure of speech because the "gusts" represent the hardship that the artist and the woman he loves is going through with her being ill.
When it mentions that they held onto one another, it shows that they didn't want to let go of their love. It also shows that the artist didn't want to let the woman he loves die.
Tension and Ambiguity
Tone
Tension:
The illness that overtook the woman was the tension in
To Build a Home
because it kept the couple from having the future that they had planned together.
Ambiguity:
First when you hear the song it an be easy to determine that the couple had built a nice home together and now it is destroyed (turned to dust). However with further analysis you can determine that this song is highly symbolic, telling a personal narrative.
Melancholy and nostalgic
Melancholy:
Song talks about how the artist planned a future with the woman that he loved and now it has "disappeared" and "it's time to leave and turn to dust".
Nostalgic:
The song is written in a way that it is like the artist is looking back at what his (assumed) wife and him had and how it is now gone.
"This is the place where I feel at home."
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