"Buildings & Mountains" as written by and John Adam/jankowski Mcgill....
We've been waiting all our lives
For things we've always had but have no eyes to see
Something new is going to happen
The most natural thing but nothing we'd expect

All these buildings and mountains
Slowly they'll arise before our eyes

How do cities understand?
We drink our wine and wonder why we're really here
What's the point of even asking?
You take the good and bad and make the best of it

All these buildings and mountains
Slowly they'll arise before our eyes
All these buildings and mountains
Slowly they'll arise before our eyes

All of you watch to see us move
Just make your fall before this age of industry
But for today I'll let it go
You've been good to me, have I been good to you?

All these buildings and mountains
Slowly they'll arise before our eyes
All these buildings and mountains
Slowly they'll arise before our eyes

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"Buildings & Mountains" as written by Harry Anderson Ben Grimes

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is fantastic...I had no idea it was a local KC band and whole-heartedly expected this song to have tons comments. Slightly reminiscent of the Shins, which is a good thing. I'm sure it won't be long before these guys blow up.
    BradleyNowellon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, I love them. I was telling my friend "I found a new band" and my exact words were "It's like The Shins mixed with Modest Mouse." I love them so much they're perfect for this time of year.
    Overinseon September 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would like to listen to this while driving. Just staring at the scenery as it goes by.
    simdaneson October 05, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI had this whole story in my head to go with this song. Something like this:
    Guy and a girl live in a city. They're both kind of rich. They often get together on a terrace (or maybe just a fire escape) and drink wine and have philosophical discussions ("We drink our wine and wonder why we're really here".). One thinks that nature is better and that cities destroy nature, the other thinks the city is superior and more majestic.
    But, little by little, they're starting to fall in love ("something new is going to happen/the most natural thing, but nothing we'd expect.") So finally the guy decides that it doesn't really matter which of them is right, as long as they have each other ("for today I'll let it go/you've been good to me, have I been good to you?")
    EternallyElectraon March 06, 2011   Link
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    General Commentlove this song.
    thiscityisdrowningon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti drink wine, and i wonder.
    NadaSurferon September 27, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionI adore how high his voice can go. <3
    IrkenAlchemiston December 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about our generation and how greedy we are, like "we've been waiting all our lives
    for things we've always had but have no eyes to see". I think that means we always want, but they are the things that we already have but we are so greedy that we don't see that.

    But then I think its saying that somethings going to change "somethin' new is going to happen the most natural thing but nothin' we'd expect", but we just don't know it.

    And then we'll realize everything we have: "all these buildings and mountains slowly they'll arise before our eyes". "we drink our wine and wonder why we're really here what's the point of even asking you take the good and bad and make the best of it" and that's when everythings changed.

    And I think this:
    have you watched the cities move
    does nature fall before
    this age of industry
    for today I'll let it go
    you've been good to me
    have I been good to you

    Is trying to say that we don't look around us and appreciate things, we only want what the industry can give us.

    Great song, and I totally agree with simdanes.

    indierocknroll4meon June 03, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with indierocknroll4me. Possibly dealing with industrialization, and the search for power over reverence for nature.
    Also, possibly recognizing the world the way it is around you. Maybe greed, like the above comment, where you are too focused on your tasks and success ladder and material things to look around and appreciate nature (or realize its demise). It could also be in a natural disaster type thing. It is always a possibility, but we think we the world is controllable force we can dominate for our benefit. In the case of a giant natural disaster, nature would show its power over man when we don’t expect it.

    ‘buildings and mountains’ how we develop alongside with nature. Historically, people tend to inhabit productive/beneficial places but when running out of space, move closer to less favorable territory (like the mountains). These mountains are beautiful, majestic, and have been there for a extremely long time. They are one force of nature that rarely is destroyed…with the exception of dynamite projects and slight erosion, but for the sake of argument, they are the one strong, present force of nature that people must cower under. So it can be harmony if the two arise together (if they are good to each other) or it can be man attempting to replicate nature in strength. Possibly trying to engineer/create something as strong and lasting as mountains out of steel — towering over all else to show dominance throughout time.

    ‘Why are we really here?’ —Philosophical question. What is the role you play in the world? But is it worth asking — it takes a lot of thought and questioning and doubt to struggle with identity and purpose in life. If we do see how little a part we individually have in the scheme of things, would we still live so purposefully? And individually, we are weak. Also, according to our scale of importance and values, ultimate being questions isn’t worth being worried about.

    ‘have you watched cities move?’ power move from place to place, growth of cities or immigration to cities, and also the people moving around in them, and transportation, and ever-growing suburbs and buildings.

    ‘does nature fall before this age of industry’ is industrialized world overshadowing nature? Are we even in touch with nature anymore, or just replacing it — attempting to engineer and build and ‘better’ our world. The world we have conquered.
    ‘For today I’ll let it go, you’ve been good to me…’ possibly he will allow and appreciate nature’s power — an exception to the heavy destructive ability of man, his conquests, his inventions, and development.
    thesamefireon November 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of the best songs from one of the best albums of the last 10 years
    gackiswhackon November 29, 2010   Link

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