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“Buildings”

He was a husband who drove his wife home drunk from the parties
He was a husband who drove his wife home
And in the car he would gently lean her head on the side door window
And in the bathroom he would hold her hair back and hope, saying;

They build buildings oh they build buildings oh they build buildings
So tall these days

And in the morning she’d wake up and crouch recollections all day
But she would always always wake up the next morning
And he’d take one look at her a say baby that’s ok
And her conscience would issue yet another last warning, saying;

They build buildings oh they build buildings
Oh they build buildings
So tall these days

And she would ask for time
And she’d ask for time
And she would ask for time
And she would beg for time,
And she would beg for time
And beg for time and call it a gift
And he would give her time
And he’d give her time
And he would give her time
And he’d give her time
But time is not given and time is not taken
It just sifts through its sift

And it was coffee and coffee and coffee
And coffee and coffee and coffee some more
He’d go to work and she’d take a sick day and rot at the core
And by the time he came back
She’d scrub the bathroom and make it smell like pine
It would be almost as if nothing had happened
And he’d give her time, saying;

They build buildings, oh they build buildings, oh they build buildings,
Oh don’t they build buildings, oh they build buildings,
They build buildings so tall these days

And she would ask for time
And she’d ask for time
And she would ask for time
And she would beg for time,
And she would beg for time
And beg for time and call it a gift
And he would give her time
And he’d give her time
And he would give her time
And he’d give her time-
But time is not given and time is not taken
It just sifts through its sift

He was a husband drove time home pine scrub bathroom window
Don’t they build buildings so tall these days…

~

These are the lyrics to the song “buildings” by Regina Spektor. I love her- I absolutely love her. She writes with such intelligence and sees the small things that aren’t apparent to most people. Today I was trying to educate the wanna-be dancer in myself by watching videos choreographed by Kate Jablonski. One of the lovely solos was to this song. Not only was the dance beautiful but so was the meaning behind it. My sister and I both love Miss Spektor and talk about her songs rather often. She had told me the other day that songs like “The left handed song” are more of bits of the random thoughts that pass meaninglessly through her brain. Supposedly she doesn’t even know what those songs mean. They simply are what existed in her mind at the time.

However songs like “Braile”, “Sampson”, and “Buildings” are all deep and full songs that have more meaning each time you listen to them. The line in the song “buildings” that says “Oh they build buildings, So tall these days” sounds very random…but really I don’t think it is.

The song is about a woman that is so desperately searching for something while her husband gives her time as she begs for time to get things right. She cleans up after the mess but still makes things dirty later. She keeps falling down but her husband keeps picking her up time after time. When he says “Oh they make buildings so tall these days” it’s reflective of the fact that he’s looking up (able to see how tall those buildings are) while he gives her time. But she’s looking down.

I’ve felt like that so often. Like literally looking up was not even possible…looking down just felt better. It’s as if its contrasting the directions they’re both going. How much he loves her compared with how much she loves him. “And her conscience would issue yet another last warning” because she knew that he was looking up- which seemed impossible for her to do. It’s so interesting how Regina can see this…How she can create a song about how someone can literally look up in hope…while someone else can’t. It makes me really appreciate the ability to see that I tend to ignore the sky…and it makes me want to look up more. After all, God is here on earth…but He’s also up there.

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