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According to the Rox in the Box Songfacts, this jaunty but dark shanty is about the mining community of Butte, Montana in the early 20th century.

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Get the rox in the box, get the water right down to your socks
This bulkhead's built of fallen brethren bones
We all do what we can, we endure our fellow man
And we sing our songs to the head frames creaks and moans

The Decemberists - Rox In The Box Lyrics


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  • I love this song, but I'm not sure how to feel about that Raggle Taggle Gypsy break.
  • <3 great...
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  • Let's get this little one thing clear...
  • Colin Meloy dropped the hotness on this track!
  • "The Decemberists never have a dud." It's so true isn't it. This isn't one of the songs that comes to mind when I think of my favourite songs of theirs, but it's leagues ahead of what 95% of bands out there can do on their best day.
  • The Decemberists never have a dud. :)
  • Awsome!!! I love the instrumentals
  • A great toe tapper
  • Good song

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