Codes and Keys

by Death Cab for Cutie

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released May 31, 2011

Death Cab for Cutie are Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr and Christopher Walla

Words by Benjamin Gibbard

Produced by Chris Walla

Performed by Death Cab for Cutie except strings for 'Codes And Keys' and 'Stay Young, Go Dancing' performed by the Magik*Magik Orchestra; arranged and conducted by Minna Choi, and played by Liana Berube, Philip Brezina, Jory Fankuchen, and Michelle Kwon.
Recorded by Walla and Beau Sorenson at: Sound City, Van Nuys, CA; assisted by Sean Oakley and Dave 'Squirrel' Covell; Second assistants, Sally Pickett and Mark Richards. The Warehouse, Vancouver, BC; assisted by Jackson Long. Tiny Telephone, San Francisco, CA; assisted by John Vanderslice and Jay Pellici. Bright Street Recorders, North Hollywood, CA; assisted by Pierre de Reeder. Jackpot! Recording, Portland, OR; assisted by Kendra Lynn. Avast Recording, Seattle, WA; assisted by Stuart Hallerman, Johnny Mendoza and Cathy Ferrante.

Mixed by Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery B in Willesden, London, UK; assisted by Catherine Marks; second assistant, John Catlin. 'Home Is A Fire' mixed by Chris Walla at Avast B; 'Codes And Keys' mixed by Chris Walla and Beau Sorenson at Avast A. Mastered by Roger Siebel at SAE Mastering, Phoenix, AZ.

Front Cover and Coin Slot photographs by Nicholas Harmer. Additional photography and design by Storey Elementary.
Management: Jordan Kurland for Zeitgeist Artist Management, assisted by Joe Goldberg.
Legal: Gary Gilbert and Craig Marshall for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Business Management: Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP.
Booking: Trey Many for The Billions Corporation.
UK/Europe Booking: Chris Myhill for The Agency Group.
A&R for Atlantic Records: Sam Riback.

Extra support and logistics: Adam Katz and Dana Childs at Tsunami Entertainment; Justin Little, Leslie Connolly, Matt Shay and Matt Ginnard at Zeitgeist; Andy Hayward, Rachel Allen, John Vanderslice -- thank you.

Jason uses Ludwig, Paiste, Remo, Vic Firth, and DW hardware
Ben, Nick and Chris use D'Addario strings
Codes and Keys was recorded with Logic Pro

Thank you to our families, friends, and everyone who makes this possible.

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Songs by Benjamin Gibbard, ©2011 EMI Blackwood Music Incorporated on behalf of itself / Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI), except 'Home Is A Fire', 'Unobstructed Views' and 'Underneath The Sycamore' by Benjamin Gibbard and Christopher Walla, ©2011 EMI Blackwood Music Incorporated on behalf of itself / Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) / Please Pass the Songs (BMI)

©2011 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

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Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band, formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The Grammy-nominated band consists of Ben Gibbard (vocals, guitar, piano), Nick Harmer (bass) and Jason McGerr (drums). Their eighth studio album Kintsugi was released on March 31, 2015. ... more

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Track Name: Home Is a Fire
Sleep with the lights on
Shuttered with shades drawn
There's too many windows
Noise -- cars on the freeway
Tempting a clean break
But there's nowhere left to go
Watching the roots weave
Through cracks in the concrete
Plates they will shift
Houses will shake
Fences will drift
We will awake
Only to find
Nothing's the same
Home is a fire
A burning reminder
Of where we belong, love
With walls built up around us
The bricks make me nervous
They're only so strong, love
Yes they're only so strong love
Plates, they will shift
Houses will shake
Fences will drift
We will awake
Only to find
Nothing's the same
As yesterday
Track Name: Codes and Keys
We won't get far
Flying in circles inside a jar
'Cause the air we breathe
Is thinning with the words that we speak
That we speak, you and me
You're on the floor
Fearful of what's outside your door
But the codes and keys
They can't protect you from the pangs of jealousy
And when you scream, love you seam
Like a child throwing stones at the sky
But when they fall back to earth
As minor chords of major works
Separate rooms, a single life
We are one, we are alive!
Track Name: Some Boys
Some boys are filling a hole
They're making a killing at the top of the billing
It's their role and that's all that they know
But some boys don't listen at all
They don't ask for permission
They lack inhibitions: no walls
And they get what they want
But some boys don't know how to love
Some boys are singing the blues
Joylessly flinging with the girls that they're bringing to their rooms
And then leave when they're through
But some boys are sleeping alone
'Cause there's no one that's keeping them warm through evening
And they know that they're on their own
'Cause some boys don't know how to love
Track Name: Doors Unlocked And Open
Isolations -- dotted lines
Seas of concrete -- with wild eyes
Streaking colors -- blur to one
Always moving -- in blinding sun
Coldest comfort -- safety glass
Seasons turning -- dying grass
California -- gilded crowns
Mile markers -- counting down
Somewhere down in the ocean of sound
We'll live in slow motion and be free
With doors unlocked and open
Track Name: You Are A Tourist
When there's a burning in your heart
An endless yearning in your heart
Build it bigger than the sun
Let it grow, let it grow
When there's a burning in your heart
Don't be alarmed
When there's a doubt within your mind
'Cause you're thinking all the time
Framing rights into wrongs
Move along, move along
When there's a doubt within your mind
When there's a burning in your heart
And you think it'll burst apart
Oh There's nothing to fear
Save the tears, save the tears
When there's a burning in your heart
And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born then it's time to go
And define your destination: there's so many different places to call home
'Cause when you find yourself a villain in the story you have written then it's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions are in need of redemption
Would you agree?
If so, please show me
Track Name: Unobstructed Views
There's no eye in the sky
Just our love
No unobstructed view, no perfect truths
Just our love
And there's no verse, no monument of words
For my love
For they can't hold all I know
About my love
Storm clouds break
Pools remain
Memories flood
Earthen graves
Evaporate
To up above
Where they become
New love
Track Name: Monday Morning
She may be young but she only likes old things
And modern music it ain't to her tastes
She loves the natural light
Captured in black and white
She sees mirages and mountain ranges
Within the blink of her eye it changes
Back to the open plain
Oh no she can't explain
I cry out love keep your arms around me
I am the bird that's in need of grounding
I'm built to fly away
I never learned how to say
The night is gonna to fall and the vultures will surround you
And when you're looking in the mirror what you see is gonna astound you
But all these lines and greys refine
They are the maps of our design
Of what began on the Monday morning
The night is gonna fall and the vultures will surround you
And when you're looking in the mirror what you see is gonna astound you
But all these lines and greys refine
They are the maps of our design
Of what began on the monday morning
Oh yes the night is gonna to fall and the vultures will surround you
And when you're looking in the mirror what you see is gonna astound you
And while the glow of youth in time eludes
It's burning on inside of you
It all began on a monday morning
Track Name: Portable Television
Portable television shrouded in snow
In a raggedy van on the side of the road
The night it had frozen through my little bones
So you took me in your arms
you squeezed out the cold
Upstate New York
Autumn brightly colored leaves
Oh, the hills were on fire
They burn for you and me
And where we were going it was built like a lie
But as sacred as the Bible
So we didn't question "why"
They sodded the soil just recently
Where the rows of teeth they grow in fields of infinite green
And here laid the father
And here stood the son
Where the road meets the horizon for everyone
Portable television take us away
From this burden of reflection we've carried today
Oh the generator's running but there's nothing on the air
But the static is a comfort so we huddled round and stared
Track Name: Underneath The Sycamore
Lying in a field of glass
Underneath the overpass
Mangled in the shards of a metal frame
Woken from the dream by my own name
Oh I was such a wretched man
Searching everywhere for a homeland
But now we are under the same sun
Feel it through the leaves let it heal us
We are the same
We are both saved
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore
We were both broken in our own ways
Sifting through the rubble for the wrong things
I know you've got a vengeful heart
And that I cannot be stopped as soon as I start
But you have seen your darkest rooms
And I have slept in makeshift tombs
And this is where we find our peace
Oh this is where we are released

We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore
Track Name: St. Peter's Cathedral
St. Peter's Cathedral built of granite and ever fearful of the answer
When the candle in the tunnel is flickering in sputters and fading faster
It's only then that you will know what lies above or down below
Or if these fictions only prove how much you've really got to lose
At St. Peter's Cathedral there is stain glass, there's a steeple that is reaching
Up towards the heavens such ambition never failing to amaze me
It's either quite a master or just these chemicals help us understand
That when our hearts stop ticking this is the end
There's nothing past this
Track Name: Stay Young, Go Dancing
Life is sweet in the belly of the beast
And with her song in your heart
It can never bring you down
Lost in a maze of 1000 rainy days
But when I heard her voice
Oh it led me to the end
'Cause when she sings I hear a symphony
And I'm swallowed in sound as it echoes through me
And I'm renewed
Oh how I feel alive
And through autumn's advancing
We'll stay young go dancing
As the music plays
Feel our bodies sway
When we move as one
We stay young . . . (go dancing!)
Life is sweet in the belly of the beast
And with her song in your heart
It can never bring you down
'Cause when she sings I hear a symphony
And I'm swallowed in sound as it echoes through me
I'm renewed
Oh how I feel alive
And through winter's advancing
We'll stay young go dancing