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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...

And I built a home
For you
For me

Until you 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 his 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 you disappeared
From me
From you

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



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    UnregisteredAug 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    @311william - a man building a home for him and his partner. He tells us how he doesn't feel alone there. This house symbolizes their love for each other and their relationship. And now that she has dissappeared, it means nothing to him, its just a 'house'. Now he just wants to fade from the busy world and be alone 'and now, it's time to leave and turn to dust. '
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    UnregisteredSep 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    A man placed all of his self-worth into a relationship and she changed. At some point she made the statement "you're not the man i married" and left. Probably for someone more 'dangerous', more fun. His domesticity repelled her, even though he left his old self behind for the two to plan a future together. With half of his self gone, he has lost the will to go on (evidenced by the place no longer being maintained). He climbs the tree, some aspect of his adventerous younger self still there. He no longer has the will to even be adventurous so he stays up there like a man who did something and cannot remember why he did but knows deep down he should.
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    UnregisteredJul 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    It's a song about how time never stops. There are all of these things â€" houses, friendships, lovers, trees, us â€" and they all will dissipate into dust. Yet we hold onto it all for as long as we can, before we turn into dust ourselves. This song is about staring up at the stars and appreciating that we're a part of all of that â€" we're participants in this ever-changing cosmic epic. It's about taking care of each other, all despite the natural forces at work against us. Forget about the problems and worries you invent outside of the place you feel at home; watch the world go by for a bit and you'll see it's all okay, yet sad and more beautiful than anything else. Build a home for someone.
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    UnregisteredAug 6, 2012 at 1:45 am
    A strong relationship, full of meaning, hope and love was established between two lovers, two lovers whom had suffered a lot. Between the two, they each felt safe with one another. Until one day the girl became ill and passed. Now he is saying it is his turn to leave the earth, as this story is told from him as an older man. As he lay in his death bed, he reminisces back to when they first began, and things of all of the obstacles they had to overcome to be together and come upon the love that they shared. He remembers the hard times he went through after his love had passed away. Now he return to the present and passes on to be with his love.
    It makes you cry if you watch it with the scenes of the old man and his young wife in "up"
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    UnregisteredAug 2, 2012 at 4:43 am
    A home is symbolic to the joining of man and wife. It is the place they will make their life together and raise children and grow old together. With the woman gone, whether she passed away, or became "lost," the home has fallen apart. He must face the reality that she isn't coming back, and the house that once felt like home to him isn't the same place that it used to be. It is devoid of love.

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