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My boy builds coffins with hammers and nails
He doesn't build ships, he has no use for sails
He doesn't make tables, dressers or chairs
He can't carve a whistle cause he just doesn't care

My boy builds coffins for the rich and the poor
Kings and queens have all knocked on his door
Beggars and liars, gypsies and thieves

They all come to him 'cause he's so eager to please

My boy builds coffins he makes them all day
But it's not just for work and it isn't for play
He's made one for himself
One for me too
One of these days he'll make one for you

My boy builds coffins for better or worse
Some say it's a blessing, some say it's a curse
He fits them together in sunshine or rain
Each one is unique, no two are the same

My boy builds coffins and I think it's a shame
That when each one's been made, he can't see it again
He crafts every one with love and with care
Then it's thrown in the ground and it just isn't fair

My boy builds coffins he makes them all day
But it's not just for work and it isn't for play
He's made one for himself
One for me too
One of these days he'll make one for you



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    UnregisteredMay 22, 2012 at 3:01 am
    Each coffin is special=every human is special and its a loss when one of us is thrown into the ground (death).
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    UnregisteredApr 28, 2012 at 1:44 am
    In an interview she stated it was about her boyfriend who was in a band who was making a coffin for his album cover. He couldn't take her out because it was taking up so much of his time. She realised that death was very apparent and that everyone is going to die eventually.

    But i also think the song is also about someone (the coffin carver) who knows his own mortality, and everyone elses, and how quickly life ends for a person. He seems to be comfortable with this idea and dedicates a lot of his time to making his coffins. I think he's trying to make death as comfortable as possible, because of his care and love for the coffins he makes.
    At least, that's what i like to think. :)
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    UnregisteredApr 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm
    A woman seeing the true beauty in something no one appreciates. She knows his pain in the loss of something he has put his heart and soul into, yet she knows he chooses this career over all the others that others see forever and appreciate. It's his art, outlet, and natural talent and he is so good at what he does that everyone wants a coffin built by him. It's worth practicing your art even if it is truly misunderstood.
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    UnregisteredFeb 13, 2012 at 4:18 am
    This is about a guy she was dating in the band the ludes. She actaually did a cover of one of their songs, girl with one eye. Maybe you've heard of it ;)
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    UnregisteredFeb 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm
    I think that florence is trying to explain that her man works incredibly hard for her and he does it for anyone!!

    Great song!

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