Death Cab For Cutie – Tiny Vessels

Set to the backdrop of a student film from 1969, this favourite from Washington indie-rock darlings, Death Cab For Cutie tune about disillusionment from their album, Transatlanticism is as biting as it melancholy. Ben Gibbard’s sweet- boy vocals make the bitter lyrics even more scathing. 

This is the moment that you know
That you told you loved her but you don’t.
You touch her skin and then you think
That she is beautiful but she don’t mean a thing to me.
Yeah, she is beautiful, but she don’t mean a thing to me.
I spent two weeks in Silverlake.
The California sun cascading down my face
There was a girl with light brown streaks
And she was beautiful but she didn’t mean a thing to me.
Yeah, she was beautiful, but she didn’t mean a thing to me.
Wanted to believe in all the words that I was speaking
As we moved together in the dark.
And all the friends that I was telling.
And all the playful misspellings.
And every bite I gave you left a mark.
Tiny vessels oozed into your neck
And formed the bruises,
That you said you didn’t want to fade,
But they did and so did I that day.
All I see are dark grey clouds
In the distance moving closer with every hour.
So when you ask “Was something wrong?”,
That I think “You’re damn right there is but we can’t talk about it now.
No, we can’t talk about it now.”
So one last touch and then you’ll go.
And we’ll pretend that it meant something so much more,
But it was vile, and it was cheap.
And you are beautiful, but you don’t mean a thing to me
Yeah, you are beautiful, but you don’t mean a thing to me.
Yeah, you are beautiful, but you don’t mean a thing to me.
Songwriters: Benjamin Gibbard / Nicholas Harmer
Tiny Vessels lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

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