To Build a Home

I think I may have found the most beautiful song in the world. And when I say found, I really mean I saw it on Grey's Anatomy, and then in this ad...

I was so enamoured the first time I saw this ad, then so disappointed when it was for Schweppes. Actually, the first few times I saw the ad, I kept expecting it would suddenly be for something better by the end, so I had a little Groundhog Day disappointment over and over when it wasn't. I still don't really see the connection, but I can't help but love the ad (it has balloons in it, I can't resist!) It actually makes me a little teary every time I see's a soda ad for heavens sakes!

The song is by no means new of course, it's from a 2007 album by The Cinematic Orchestra. The song itself is called To Build a Home, and features a very talented Canadian lad Patrick Watson.

I then made the mistake of looking up the lyrics whilst I watched/listened to this live performance. And then I got all teary again. And goosebumps. So I just have to share the beautiful lyrics with you, along with the equally beautiful images I thought of as I listened to this gorgeous song. I suggest hitting play on the video above, then scrolling down slowly to follow along with the song. But make sure you're wearing waterproof mascara.

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 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........

Dagnammit, where are my tissues? If the song wasn't so beautifully depressing, it would be so lovely for a wedding. Especially if it was a wedding with water bombs that sailed across the air in extreme slow motion. And especially if it was Meredith and Derek's wedding, if that ever happens. If you didn't read my initial comments or watch the first video, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about. But that's ok, neither do I.

Anyhoo, thank you to the lovely Ineke for letting me share her beautiful photos with you all. She photographs abandoned castles, mansions, farm houses, asylums and hospitals, and as someone commented on her Flickr page, she is able to write poems without words. I'm inclined to agree.


Ez said...

So gorgeous! Music like this makes life worth living. Thank you.

Now I must go find a tissue.

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

lovely. I just posted this on my favebook last night. It is a gorgeous song. i don't watch G's but my pal has it on her photo site and I died for it. Lovely lovely post!

please sir said...

YES I love that song - and these photos are perfect with it!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing...

K.Line said...

That song is awesome. I saw them play live in TO last summer. Gorgeous night. Gorgeous outdoor concert. It was like magic.

Vanya @ Endless Inspiration said...

Bravo, what an incredibly brilliant post, I adore the images - you've taken it to another level. I salute you!

A-M said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful post.. and I don't know how I managed to find it. Hubby quick wake up and come and see this! A-M xx

Ms Unreliable said...

A super belated thank you to everyone for your comments!

Ez - I absolutely agree, music like this really does add so much to our lives, especially compared to endless boy bands and Britney clones! :D

Amy - A very, very, very belated thank you for your comment. To be honest, although I did notice the song on Grey's, I was way too absentminded to even think of finding out more about the song at the time. So thank you Schweppes! :D

pleasesir - Why thank you Diana! I'm so glad Ineke let me share her gorgeous work!

Elephink - Thank you! Great song, great photos, it's hard to go wrong!
By the way, I LOVE your post about the Do's and Don'ts on Australia Day, so hilarious!

K.Line - I'm SO envious right now, it would be so great to see them play live! You know how the played a live soundtrack to a movie? A few bands were doing something similar here as part of a festival, I so wanted to go, but it was rained out. Boo :(

Vanya - Aww stop, you're making me blush! (But really, keep going!) :D

A-M - Hehe I'm glad you liked it, it's such a beautiful song and the photos just matched up perfectly!

P.S. I'm so glad your blog is staying open to all! I think you can take comfort in knowing that if any negative comments ever make it through, you'll have a legion of loyal followers to defend you in an instant :D

girl startup said...

I love this song too and last year I tried to get my students to imagine visuals to it, to help them brainstorm more creatively with music. Unfortunately, their creative minds must of been elsewhere, because they didn't come up with much - rolf!

But it's this song creates great visuals in my mind as well. I even shot footage to go along with it. I see it more playful, like children growing up in a house and playing outside in a big large oak tree and swings and slides.

But the visuals you have chosen are stunning!