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A sequel to this song, entitled "Wind up Doll" appears on my upcoming record. "Box of Cedar" is a song in which the protagonist, a war widow, mourns the death of her soldier husband for seven years. His name is Shanaddee, which she calls over the hills. He arrives home in the Box of Cedar.

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Box of Cedar:

Seven winters past and gone,
I once was young and I once was strong
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

Six fine times I felt my knees
buckle to your sweet release
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

Five times tried to conjure you,
a letter or a note or clue
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

And I'm gonna tell everybody I know
that I'm glad to see you
And I'm gonna tell everybody I know
that I'm glad to see you
even though you're comin home in a Box of Cedar

For four year you courted I
your raven hair your brittle bride
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

Three more times I tried to find
A lover to match your sweet kind
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

And I'm gonna tell everybody I know
that I'm glad to see you
And I'm gonna tell everbody I know
that I'm glad to see you
even though you're coming home in a Box of Cedar

La da da

One am I to fill these rooms
and wake each morn to the drone of doom
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

Seven winters past and gone
I once was young and I once was strong
Shanaddee, a dee, a dee

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from Ballads of Living and Dying, released January 31, 2004
Marissa Nadler- guitar, vocals
Kendra Flowers- harmony vocals

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Sacred Bones Records and Bella Union Records.

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