"Why Don't The Buildings Cry?" as written by and William Toby Martin....
Stepping outside, a tap in my heart
Why hasn't the sky fallen apart?
Because inside this tower of sandstone and steel
Someone just got served their last hospital meal

The city is mocking my darkest hour
The bitumen winks thorough a sudden shower
And the fat and the bloated people mime
A hideous laugh to a joke on drive time

And I catch the train
Stand side-by-side
Why don't the buildings cry?

His lung's a machine, his hand's like a
Fridge
You fuckwits don't deserve the privilege
Of sitting in the afternoon sun while it sets
Enjoying every second of your cigarettes

And I catch the train
Stand side-by-side
Why don't the buildings cry?

Tear up the concrete skies

Why don't the buildings cry


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"Why Don't the Buildings Cry?" as written by William Toby Martin

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    General CommentWow, I can't believe I'm the first to comment on this song...I've always wanted to say that. This is my new favourite song on Skeleton Jar because the melody and lyrics are so beautiful and complement one another so well. Youth Group know how to make music :) I think this song is about someone who is going through not just a hard time, but a tragedy- they're suffering a broken heart- I think because someone has died. This person can't understand why the rest of the world isn't feeling this way, isn't suffering from this heart-wrenching grief- hence 'why don't the bulidings cry'. It could also be interpreted as someone's loathing for the city, the consumerism and life of excess it represents, and the self-centred, indifferent people that live there. This person believes there are many things that are more important than serving one's needs to the point of destroying everything else. When put together, this person is feeling hurt and betrayed by an indifferent city who do not care about his or her suffering.
    anotherwannabpunkon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"His lung's a machine, his hand's like a
    fridge
    You fuckwits don't deserve the privilege
    Of sitting in the afternoon sun while it sets
    Enjoying every second of your cigarettes.."

    he's talking about people who smoke and choose to hurt themselves while a loved one is dying in the hospital with lung cancer. so it's about taking life for granted. it's a real cute song.
    fastlikefashionon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it goes deeper than just the perils of cigarette use...its about how someone who is dealing with loss views the world and other people...how ungrateful they are for life....either eating or smoking their lives away...they don't understand how the world can go on with people treating life so flippantly
    cmama06on May 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the last 2 comments this song is definately about someone who has lost someone due to cigarettes and over eating.
    good song.
    hollie_rocketon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOvereating? The hospital meals?! Hahaha. This is why I love songmeanings.
    angel_wiredon November 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the person has just lost someone that has spent some time in hospital - hence the line "eaten their LAST hospital meal". I agree with the other comments though that it seems to be about the injustice of someone that must've lead a pretty healthy life having died a horrible slow death wasting away. While those that choose to live unhealthily can still walk around, in an almost mocking fashion.
    Lollyliciouson November 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is about the sadness of very sick patients and their loved ones, many of whom might never be under the sky again when it rains. It seems as though the vocalist is a visitor at the hospital (although he does say “my darkest hour,” which hints that this is probably a loved one or, perhaps, himself). The “concrete sky” is the hospital ceiling and the countless floors of “sandstone and steel” above it. Why doesn’t the building cry at all the sorrow it has witnessed? I don’t know what to make of the train, but I think the vocalist is expressing frustration at the outside world, in which so many people take their health for granted. I think the overall messages are: (1) don’t take your health for granted - respect it, (2) don’t spend all of your life enveloped in its trivialities, and most importantly (3) try to empathize with people who are suffering, because it is humane and it will make you a better person. The wisest man I ever knew once said: “I think the most important part of being a good person is the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.” After seeing many tragic situations in hospitals, this may be one of the most difficult things to do, but I couldn’t agree more.
    mang5000on April 18, 2007   Link

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