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According to the My Boy Builds Coffins Songfacts, this song was inspired by an actual incident that happened when Florence Welch was going out with a member of the punk band, The Ludes. She explained: "This was a song we wrote as a band – most of the others were written by me with one other person. It's very literal. My boyfriend at the time, who was in The Ludes, was going to build a coffin for the cover of their… read more

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My boy builds coffins
With hammers and nails
He doesn't build ships
He has no use for sails

He doesn't make tables
Dressers, or chairs
He can't…

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