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NARROW STAIRS ALBUM
1. Bixby Canyon Bridge
2. I Will Possess Your Heart
3. No Sunlight
4. Cath….
5. Talking Bird isten
6. You Can Do Better Than Me
7. Grapevine Fires
8. Your New Twin Sized Bed
9. Long Division
10. Pity And Fear
11. The Ice Is Getting Thinner

1. Death Cab for Cutie-Bixby Canyon Bridge (Live From Seattle)

I descended a dusty gravel ridge
Beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge
Until I eventually arrived
At the place where your soul had died.

Barefoot in the shallow creek,
I grabbed some stones from underneath
And waited for you to speak to me.

And the silence; it becamse so very clear
That you had long ago dissapeared.
I cursed myself for being surprised
That this didn’t play like it did in my mind.

All the way from San Francisco
As I chased the end of your road
Cause I’ve still got miles to go.

And I want to know my fate
If I keep up this way.

And it’s hard to want to stay awake
When everyone you need, they all seem to be asleep.
And you wonder if you missed your dream.

You can’t see a dream
You can’t see a dream.
You just can’t see a dream.

And then it started getting dark.
I truged back to where the car was parked
No closer to any kind of truth
As I assume was the case with you.

2. I Will Possess Your Heart

How I wish you could see the potential,
The potential of you and me
It’s like a book elegantly bound,
But in a language that you can’t read
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window,
I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective,
When we’ll be lovers, lovers at last
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won’t let you, let me down so easily, so easily

You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you’ll find love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart

3. No Sunlight

When I was young, lying in the grass
I felt so safe in a warming bath
Of sunlight
Of sunlight

Fast open sky could do no harm
Like an embrace of a mothers arms
In sunlight [4x]

With every year that came to pass
More clouds appear until the sky went black
And now there’s
No sunlight,
No sunlight.
And now there’s
No sunlight,
No sunlight anymore.

You dissapeared with the same speed
The idealistic things I believed
The optimist died inside of me
No sunlight [4x]

You dissapeared with the same speed
The idealistic thing I believed
The optimist died inside of me
No sunlight [7x]
No sunlight anymore.

4. Cath…..

Cath, she stands with a well-intentions man
But she can’t relax with his hands on the small of her back
And as the flash goes first
She holds a smile like someone would hold a crying child

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
And your heart was dying fast, and you didn’t know what to do

Cath, it seems that you live in someone else’s dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress
Where the things that could have been are oppressed
But you said your vows, and you closed the door
On so many men who would have loved you more

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
And your heart was dying fast, and you didn’t know what to do

The whispers that it won’t last roll up and down the pews
But if their hearts were dying that fast,
They’d have done the same as you
And I’d have done the same as you

5. Talking Bird

Oh, my talking bird
Though you know so few words
They’re on infinite repeat
Like your brain can’t keep up with your beat.

And you’re kept in an open cage
So you’re free to leave or stay.
Sometimes you get confused
Like there’s a hint I am trying to give you.

The longer you think, the less you know what to do.

It’s hard to see your way out
When you live in a house in a house
Cause you don’t realize
That the windows were open the whole time.

Oh, my talking bird
Though your feathers are tattered and furled
I’ll love you all your days
Till the breath leaves your delicate face.

It’s all here for you as long as your choose to stay.
It’s all here for you as long as you don’t fly away.

6. You Can Do Better Than Me

We’re starting to feel
We stayed together out of fear
Of dying alone
I’ve been slipping through the years
My old clothes don’t fit like they once did
So they hang like ghosts
Of the people I’ve been

It’s like my heart can’t take
My fall in love every day
And I feel like a fool

I have to face the truth
That no one could ever look at me like you do
Like I’m something worth holding on to

These times I think of leaving
But it’s something I’ll never do

‘Cause you can do better than me
But I can’t do better than you
[repeat]

7. Grapevine Fires

When the wind picked up
And the fire spread
And the grapevines seemed left for dead
And the northern sky, like the end of day
The end of days

A wake up call to a rented room
Sounded like an alarm of impending doom.
To warn us it’s only a matter of time.
Before we all burn [4x]

I brought some wine and some paper cups
Near your daughter’s school when we picked her up
And drove to the cemetery on a hill
On a hill

And we watched the plumes make the sky gray
And she laughed and danced through the field of gray
There I knew it would be alright
That everything would be alright
Would be alright
Would be alright
Would be alright

And the news reports on the radio
Said it was getting worse
Cause the ocean air found the flame
But I couldn’t think there was anywhere I would have rather been
To watch it all burn away
To burn away

The firemen worked in double shifts
With prayers of rain on their lips
And they knew it was only a matter of time

8. Your New Twin Sized Bed

You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed.
With a single pillow underneath your single head.
I guess you decided that that old queen holds more space than you would need.
Now it’s in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says it’s free.

And I hope you have more luck with this than me.

You used to think that someone would come along.
And lay beside you in a space that they belong.
But the other side of the mattress and box springs stayed like new.
What’s the point of holding onto what never gets used?

Other than to sit and desire for something new.

And I try not to worry, but you’ve got me terrified.
It’s like your some kind of hurry to say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye.

You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed.
You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed.

9. Long Division

His head was a city
Of paper buildings
And the echoes that remained
Of old friends and lovers
Their features bleeding
Together in his brain

And once it started was harder to
Tell them apart

He was always distracted
By the very mention
Of an open door
‘Cause he had sworn
Not to be what he’d been before

To be a remain remain remain remainder [x2]

The television was snowing softly
As she hunted for her keys
She said she never envisioned him
The type of person capable of such deceit

And they carried on like long division
And it was clear with every page
That they were further away
From a solution that would play

Without a remain remain remain remainder [x4]

He had sworn not to be what he’d been before

To be the remain remain remain remainder [x6]

10. Pity And Fear

I have such a envy for this stranger lying next to me
Who awakes in the night and slips out into the pre-dawn light
With no words, a clean escape, no promises or messes made
And chops it all up to mistake, mistake, mistake

And there are no tears
Just pity and fear
No vast ravine
Right in between

A storm at sea the bow cracked and I was capsizing
And I sunk below where I swore I would never go
If you can’t stand in place you can’t tell there’s walking away
From who remains, who stays, who stays, who stays

And there are no tears
Just pity and fear
No vast ravine
Right in between

Spare no tears
Just pity and fear
And I recall
The push more than the fall
The push more than the fall

11. The Ice Is Getting Thinner

We’re not the same, dear, as we used to be.
The seasons have changed and so have we.
There was little we could say, and even less we could do
To stop the ice from getting thinner under me and you.

We bury our love in the windsory grave
Along came the snow, that was all that remained.
But we stayed by it’s side as the days turned to weeks
And the ice kept getting thinner with every word that we’d speak.

And when spring arrived
We were taken by surprise when the flows under our feet
Led into the sea
Nothing was left for you and me.

We’re not the same, dear,
And it seems to me
There’s more where we can go
With nothing underneath.
And it saddens me to say
But we both know, well, it’s true
That the ice was getting thinner
Under me and you.
The ice was getting thinner
Under me and you.

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Death Cab For Cutie-I will Follow You Into The Dark



 

Love of mine some day you will die
But I’ll be close behind
I’ll follow you into the dark

No blinding light or tunnels to gates of white
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs

If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark

In Catholic school as vicious as Roman rule
I got my knuckles brusied by a lady in black
And I held my toungue as she told me
“Son fear is the heart of love”
So I never went back

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs

If there’s no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark

You and me have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
It’s nothing to cry about
Cause we’ll hold each other soon
In the blackest of rooms

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs

Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body

I want to live where soul meets body,
And let the sun wrap its arms around me,
And bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing,
And feel what it’s like to be new,
‘Cause in my head there’s a Greyhound station,
Where I send my thoughts to far-off destinations.
So they may have a chance of finding a place where,
They’re far more suited then here.

(ba da ba da)

I cannot guess what we’ll discover,
When we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels,
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s,
And not one speck will remain.

And I do believe it’s true that there are roads left in both of our shoes, But if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too.
So Brown Eyes I’ll hold you near, ’cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.

Where soul meets body.
Where soul meets body.
Where soul meets body.

And I do believe it’s true that there are roads left in both of our shoes, But if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too.
So Brown Eyes I’ll hold you near, ’cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere.

Death Cab For Cutie – Crooked Teeth

It was one hundred degrees, as we sat beneath a willow tree,
Whose tears didn’t care, they just hung in the air, and refused to fall, to fall.

And I knew I’d made horrible call,
And now the state line felt like the Berlin wall,
And there was no doubt about which side I was on.

Cause I built you a home in my heart,
With rotten wood, it Decayed from the start.

Cause you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
No you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.

I braved treacherous streets,
And kids strung out on homemade speed.
And we shared a bed in which I could not sleep,
At all, woo, hoo, woo, hooOoOo.

Cause at night the sun in the tree,
Made the skyline look like crooked teeth,
In the mouth of a man who was devouring, us both.

You’re so cute when you’re slurring your speech,
But they’re closing the bar and they want us to leave.

And you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
No you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.

I’m a war, of head versus heart,
And it’s always this way.
My head is weak, my heart always speaks,
Before I know what it will say.

And you can’t find nothing at all,
If there was nothing there all along.
there were churches,theme parks and malls,but there was nothing there all along

Death Cab For Cutie – What Sarah Said

And it came to me then that every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself
That I’ve already taken too much today
As each descending peak on the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds
And I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose
Than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

‘Cause there’s no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes ‘round and everyone lift their heads
But I’m thinking of what Sarah said
That love is watching someone die

So who’s gonna watch you die?

Death Cab For Cutie – A Lack Of Color

And when i see you
I really see you upside down
But my brain knows better
It picks you up and turns you around
Turns you around, turns you around

If you feel discouraged
That there’s a lack of color here
Please don’t worry lover
It’s really bursting at the seems
Absorbing everything
The spectrum’s a to z

This fact not fiction
For the first time in years
And all the girls in every girlie magazine
Can’t make me feel any less alone
I’m reaching for the phone

To call at 7:03 and on your machine I slur a plea for you to come home
But i know it’s too late
I should have given you a reason to stay
Given you a reason to stay [x3]

This is fact not fiction
For the first time in years

Death Cab For Cutie – Your Heart Is An Empty Room

Burn it down till the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home’s face: how it ages when you’re away
Spring blooms and you find the love that’s true
But you don’t know what now to do
Cause the chase is all you know
And she stopped running months ago

And all you see is where else you could be
When you’re at home out on the street
Are so many possibilities to not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear for the things that you didn’t need
Cause you knew you were finally free

Cause all you see is where else you could be
When you’re at home out on the street
Are so many possibilities to not be alone

And all you see is where else you could be
When you’re at home there on the street
Are so many possibilities to not be alone

Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism

The atlantic was born today and i’ll tell you how…
The clouds above opened up and let it out.

I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
When the water filled every hole.
And thousands upon thousands made an ocean,
Making islands where no island should go.
Oh no.

Those people were overjoyed; they took to their boats.
I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat.
The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flood lands to your door have been silenced forever more.
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
It seems farther than ever before
Oh no.

I need you so much closer [x8]

[instrumental break]

I need you so much closer [x4]
So come on, come on [x4]

Death Cab For Cutie – Summer Skin

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin

On the night you left I came over
And we peel the freckles from our shoulders
Our brand new coats so flushed in pink
And I knew your heart I couldn’t win
Cause the seasons change was a conduit
And we left our love in our summer skin

Death Cab for Cutie- Coney Island Music Video

Sitting on a carousel ride without any music or light.
Everything was closed at coney island, and i could not help from smiling.

I can hear the atlantic echo back roller coaster screams from summers past.
And everything was closed at coney island, and i could not help from smiling.
Brooklyn will fill in the beach eventually and everyone will go except me.

Death Cab For Cutie – Title And Registration

The glove compartment isn’t accurately named
And everybody knows it.
So i’m proposing a swift orderly change.

Cause behind its door there’s nothing to keep my fingers warm
And all i find are souvenirs from better times
Before the gleam of your taillights fading east
To find yourself a better life.

I was searching for some legal document
As the rain beat down on the hood
When i stumbled upon pictures i tried to forget
And that’s how this idea was drilled into my head

Cause it’s too important
To stay the way it’s been

There’s no blame for how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone it’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here i rest where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night

There’s no blame for how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone it’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here i rest where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night (up all night)
When i’m lying awake at night.

Death Cab for Cutie – The Sound of Settling

I’ve got a hunger
Twisting my stomach into knots
That my tongue was tied off

My brain’s repeating
“if you’ve got an impulse let it out”
But they never make it past my mouth.

Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
[x2]

Our youth is fleeting
Old age is just around the bend
And i can’t wait to go grey

And i’ll sit and wonder
Of every love that could’ve been
If i’d only thought of something charming to say.

Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
[x4]

I’ve got a hunger twisting my stomach into knots.

The Ice is Getting Thinner – Death Cab for Cutie

Marching Bands of Manhattan

If I Could Open My Arms
And Span The Length Of The Isle Of Manhattan
I’d Bring It To Where You Are
Making A Lake Of The East River And Hudson
If I Could Open My Mouth
Wide Enough For A Marching Band To March Out
They Would Make Your Name Sing
And Bend Through Alley’s And Bounce Off all the Buildings

I Wish We Could Open Our Eyes
To See In All Directions At The Same Time
Oh, What A Beautiful View
If You Were Never Aware Of What Was Around You
And It Is True What You Said
I Live Like A Hermit In My Own Head
When The Sun Shines Again
I’ll Pull The Curtains And Blinds To Let The Light In

Sorrow Drips Into Your Heart |
Through A Pinhole |
Just Like Faucet That Leaks |
And There Is Comfort In The Sound | X4
But While You Debate |
Half Empty Or Half Full |
It Slowly Rises Your Love Is Gonna Drown |

Your Love Is Gonna Drown (x4)
Your Love Is Gonna

Death Cab For Cutie – The New Year

So this is the new year.
And i don’t feel any different.
The clanking of crystal
Explosions off in the distance (in the distance).

So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For selfl assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions

So everybody put your best suit or dress on
Let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once
Lighting firecrackers off on the front lawn
As thirty dialogues bleed into one

I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then i could travel just by folding a map
No more airplanes, or speedtrains, or freeways
There’d be no distance that can hold us back.

There’d be no distance that could hold us back [x2]

So this is the new year [x4]

Lightness – Death Cab for Cutie

There’s a tear in the fabric of your favorite dress
And i’m sneaking glances.
Looking for the patterns in static
They start to make sense the longer i’m at it.

Ivory lines lead
Oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho

Your heart is a river that flows from your chest
Through every organ
Your brain is the dam
And i am the fish who can’t reach the cord.

Ivory lines lead
Oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho

Oh, instincts are misleading
You shouldn’t think what you’re feeling
They don’t tell you what you know you should want.

Ivory lines lead
Oo wha-ho, oo wha-ho
[x2]

Oh, instincts are misleading
You shouldn’t think what you’re feeling
They don’t tell you want you know you should want.

Ivory lines lead
Oo wha-ho.
[x2]

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