Our mistake was the love we made
I didn’t deliberate
But I never meant you wrong
No, I didn’t mean it

If you’ve ever lost a loved one
I pray for you, I really do
If you’ve ever lost a loved one
I pray for you

‘Cause there’s a sad and lonely comfort
In the hollow of your eyes
But don’t you let it take you over
‘Cause it will eat you up inside

I heard you’re married to a house carpenter
And your love will never be mine

If you’re not breathing
Why am I left alone in this shit?
If you’re not breathing
Why am I left alone?
With a sad and lonely comfort
Of the hollow in your eyes
But don’t you let it take me under
‘Cause it will eat me up inside

I’m sure you’re married to your house carpenter
And your love will never be mine

All the pain and the way it was
All of the pain and the way because
I was in love with the way it was
All that I do
I do it for you

All the pain in the way it was
All of the shame and the hate because
I was in love with the way it was
All that I do
I do it for you

If you’re not breathing,
Why am I left alone in this shit?
If you’re not breathing,
Why am I left alone?

With a sad and lonely comfort
Of the hollow in your eyes
But don’t let it take me over
‘Cause it’ll eat me up inside

And I’m sure you’re buried with your house carpenter
And your face I’ll never see no more
Your face I’ll never see no more
Your face
Your face
Your face
Your face

With a sad and lonely comfort
Of the hollow in your eyes
Don’t let it take me under
‘Cause it’ll eat me up inside

Yeah, I heard you're married to a house carpenter
And your love will never me mine
Your love will never be mine


Lyrics submitted by halkon, edited by TheXFactor3, JudasDenied

House Carpenter song meanings
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  • +2
    General Commentis a popular ballad from Britain. It tells the story of a man (usually the Devil), who returns to a former lover after a very long absence, and finds her with a husband (usually a carpenter) and a baby.
    Whitepawn32on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt could very well be based off of this poem:

    contemplator.com/child/…

    Its a story of a house carpenter, of course, and how his love is taken from him by a third person, a captain apparently. While his wife and the captain that took her are at sea, the ship sinks. After she dies, she has to go to hell.

    Pretty sad poem, I'd say the song matches it well.

    "The only mistake was the love we made --- Never meant you wrong -- didn't mean it"

    That could be coming from the perspective of the captain, the third person. Switching perspective in the song wouldn't be too far fetched, seeing how it is done within the poem.

    "If you’ve ever lost a loved one, I pray for you I really do" ect, which would be from the house carpenter, of course.

    "I’m sure you’re married to your house carpenter, and your love will never be mine" From the captain, realizing that the woman doesn't actually love him.

    "Left alone in this ship" - the wife

    "And your face I’ll never see no more - your face I’ll never see no more"

    From the poem:

    "Or do you weep for your house carpenter
    That you never shall see anymore"

    Just what I think, could very well be wrong, but the similarities are there.
    loki_42_23on June 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with heavenisdieing.

    First time I heard this, my girlfriend had just left for work and I was feelin pretty bored so I turned on the album and listened to it. At the end of this song, you all know there is about a 2 minute break where no music plays then it gets a bit louder, continues to get louder, then a woman says "I love you" which really freaked me out cause it sounded EXACTLY like my girlfriend.
    guitarist_skateron September 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can hear her say it again in the song unkind after he says (Just adds to the heaving when I breathe) maybe its about the same girl
    kstaindon January 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnever thought about it that way. it was so obvious.
    lekkuon February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou are all kinda right but if you listen to the song "rapture" and listen to this one he's singing about his child that got killed suppsedly by his ex. so he,s singing about how he knows he'll never get to see her face again and feel her love again and how now she is in heaven;and yes jesus is the carpenter. i know the feeling of love that he's talking about i'm a mother too'I feel his pain when i her both "rapture" and this one.
    kevinsgirl22on May 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe very end of the track, the woman whispering, gives me chills and wets my eyes every time. I'm not sure why, it just really strikes a chord with me. I absolutely love this song, however dark and sad it may be.
    zpyroon July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think of a man. Past his prime and collecting his thoughts. The woman he thought he was in love with has left him for someone who he obviously perceives to be inferior. House carpenter? House carpenter. Just look at how much the lead singer chooses to emphasize those words. What do you think of when you think of a house carpenter? A simple ordinary man. So what does that make the speaker? The speaker might have tried to keep the woman with ways other than true love, maybe spoil her with money etc. Anyway, whether or not this is intentional. The emphasis on his lost love being buried with her NEW husband either suggests that the speaker is murdering these two in his mind, or he has lost all control and has killed them himself.
    TheRockGoddess915on February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell J. does get alot of influence from poetry and classical music. But something about his voice gives me the impression this is much more personal...

    This is their most powerful song, by far. I think he tied a poem to a life experience to be honest...similar to what you all have already posted.
    rxanon June 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm torn. I tend to think that loki is really onto it (the comparisons are just too close to be a coincidence), but at the same time I like to think that J. is singing about a woman he loves, that he's lamenting the fact that she's fervently religious and will never love him completely because she loves her god too much.
    garywconneron July 17, 2008   Link

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