"The Build Up" as written by Eirik Glambek Boe, Erlend Otre Oeye and Leslie Feist....
The build-up
Lasted for days
Lasted for weeks
Lasted too long

Our hero withdrew
When there was two
He could not choose one
So there was none

Worn into the vaguely announced [Repeat: x1]

[Chorus: x2]
The spinning top made a sound
Like a train across the valley
Fading, oh so quiet
But constant till it passed
Over the ridge into the distances
Written on your ticket
To remind you where to stop
And when to get off

Lyrics submitted by testemunha

"The Build-Up" as written by Erlend Otre Oeye Eirik Glambek Boe

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    General Commenti'm thinking that there was one guy and two girls, and he obviously could not choose between the two of them, so there was a build up of emotion. He ran away, using the train.
    I LOVE THIS SONG. it is so calming.
    nodramaon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line was "wanting to vaguely announce" not "worn into.."
    dust&shineon September 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentKey is what this song means to "you" so keeping that in mind despite true meaning this song helped me think of a relationship that has run its course, like a train with its ups and downs always going around and around. And your ticket is your own rational mind not your emotional mind reminding you or telling you when to leave when to get off...... It is a really pretty song....
    studiolemontreeon December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhy would the fact that the song was written quickly turn you off to it? It's still gorgeous.

    Pretty straight forward. Bout runnin' from your love troubles.
    Havenspearon July 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI also realized that had the artists not intended this song to be meaningful, I find unintentional beauty to be quite remarkable.
    cascadingscarleton January 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI must say I signed up on the site just to comment this one song. This is, by large, one of the most meaningful songs of KoC to me and one I find remarkably well written. The imagery evoked by the song, melody supporting it, is unforgettable. I love how it was written so the spinning top, spinning, transforms itself in a train and then again into a very conscious person wondering, as if it could be forgotten, where and when to get off.
    Emotions in life build up to a point someone who sees himself as a protagonist is forced to withdraw. Imagine him spinning, as if a kid was playing with him, human top, just for the pleasure of seeing it graciously spin. Engulfed in emotions he cannot anymore control, he watches as his momementum fades and just wonders: where should I stop?, when will I settle down?
    It's been a very influencial song to me since the first time I listened to it. Whatever, this is just what I imagine when I listen to it, I don't mean to be definitive (I don't even think a definition is possibile here). Gotta love it.
    pdfreireson December 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentStudiolemontree and pdfreires are bang on in my opinion. Those lyrics sung by Feist when related to a relationship are so sad yet so beautiful. Ending a relationship or settling down in the wrong relationship is so confusing and so sad, I feel this song captures that beautifully and eloquently. And right now, faced potentially with one of these options and not knowing which is right, this song never fails to draw a tear.
    Matt81on June 21, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song seems very much to be about the unsung hero. When many people have an option of two loves or two relationships, healthy or unhealthy, they try to juggle both and then hurt two people significanly as well as themselves.

    Here, we have a hero, the unsung gentleman who realized his only option (other than play two women,) is to flee. He may have waited too long, maybe dabbled in the relationships longer than was healthy, but his brave choice was a long time comming. (lasted for days, weeks, too long.)

    (Worn into the vaguely announced) Another way of saying the unsung hero. He's not going to be appreciated for his decision. He's still hurting two people who loved him, but though he loves them too, he will be the true romantic and do what's best for them.

    The rest of it gives me the impression that he never expects to have a long relationship. In people who choose music over love, they are forced on the road and give that priority. He lives day by day. The tickets remind him where he's been, the hurt, but it least it's also a reminder that he's not a cheater... the one thing he can glean as a triumph in his life.
    With this enters the dillema that isn't a dillema. As soon as we realize that at essence he is Not-one-who-cheats, than the idea of choice is gone, he had to leave. He's in an endless loop of making the 'right' decision, but ultimately remaining alone and sad. The ticket has determined it and it tells him what to do, his elusive conscience.

    baldingchimpon November 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the fact that this song was written within five minutes would make it meaningless, one must consider the fact that even brilliant work can be done in a small amount of time. I guess you can base that off of the artist's thoughts and intentions. And if they actually didn't supposedly put much effort and thought into this piece, then maybe I would reconsider. But for now, I find this song to be beautiful overall. I agree, Feist's vocals in this song really do give a beautiful contribution to this piece.
    cascadingscarleton January 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love Feist's vocals.
    Martha_headon March 09, 2009   Link

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