"You Must Build A Fire" as written by and Eric Emil Bachmann....
Oh, gracious love, you were so kind to me
You only broke my heart
Let my arms and legs stay strong
So I could swim upon the open sea
Searching for another love
Floating along aimlessly

Oh, where are you love?
Tell me where are you love
I will wait for you another night
Cause I know you won't leave me behind
Oh, where are you love?

I had someone, a love I thought was true
But sometimes you just get tired
And you must try not to die
And give your love, though no one may receive
You must build a giant fire
For the whole wide world to see

Oh, where are you love?
Tell me where have you gone
I shall wait for you another night
And you know I won't leave you behind
Oh, where are you love?

So thank you love, you were so good to me
You put hope into my heart
Shined a light so I could see
Those wicked things, the wicked things you do
Well, I pay them no mind
Cause I know you'll be back in time

Oh, where are you love?
Tell me where are you love
I shall wait for you just one more night
Cause I know you won't leave me behind
Oh, where are you love?

Tell me where are you love
(repeat)


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"You Must Build a Fire" as written by Eric Emil Bachmann

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    General Commentoh wow. i cannot believe no one has commented on this...then again, i only just really paid attention to this song.
    this song has been my breath for the past half hour, straight. it just hits everything right on the dot, the perfect prescription. and the way he sings the words...oh god. if you haven't heard this song yet, you have to right now.
    suchprettywordson February 13, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"those wicked things, the wicked things you do
    Well, I pay them no mind"

    that is love. amazing song
    ndavidson1186on February 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"you were so kind to me, you only broke my heart, let my arms and legs stay strong"
    i love that line. being grateful for a broken heart. beautiful.
    glorydazieon August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song at first seems to be about an unknown future love (because of the opening lines about "searching for another love"), but after the first verse, I feel like the song shifts to addressing the one who broke his heart, as if to say "You left me able to love again, but I will wait for you to return."

    I will wait for you another night
    Cause I know you won't leave me behind

    This declaration of faith, coupled with the following lines from a later verse seem to speak to the person who recently left.

    Those wicked things, the wicked things you do
    Well, I pay them no mind
    Cause I know you'll be back in time

    This is an absolutely beautiful and heart-breaking song.
    botono9on July 20, 2010   Link

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