Kintsugi

by Death Cab for Cutie

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released March 31, 2015

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

Words by Benjamin Gibbard

Produced and Mixed by Rich Costey
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Recorded by Rich Costey, Martin Cooke and Nicholas Fournier at Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, CA, assisted by Mario Borga Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Cover art by Joe Rudko
Design by Hum Creative
Management: Jordan Kurland for Zeitgeist Artist Management, assisted by Joe Goldberg
Legal: Gary Gilbert for Mana, Phelps & Phillips, LLC
Business Management: Zeisler, Zeisler, Rawson & Johnson LLP
Booking: Trey Many for The Billions Corporation
Asia, Australia, New Zealand Booking: David T. Viecelli and Paul Sloan for The Billions Corporation
UK/Europe Booking: Mike Greek and Andy Cook
A&R for Atlantic Records: Sam Riback
Vinyl production: Josh Rosenfeld, Christopher Possanza for Barsuk Records
Extra support and logistics: Andy Hayward, Mike Frye, Mac Cregan, Nicole Browner, Rachel Allen

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Songs by Benjamin Gibbard, © 2014 BMG Platinum Songs / Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) except 'No Room In Frame' by Benjamin Gibbard and Nicholas Harmer, © 2014 BMG Platinum Songs / Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) / Shove It Up Your Songs (BMI) and 'Ingenue' by Benjamin Gibbard, Christopher Walla and Jason McGerr, © 2014 BMG Platinum Songs / Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) / Please Pass The Songs (BMI) / Giant Beat Songs (BMI)

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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: No Room in Frame
I don't know where to begin
There's too many things that I can't remember
As I disappeared like a trend
In the hum of the 5 in the early morning
And now I'm taking my time
Up through Coalinga through the valley
This highway lived in my mind
It takes me back to the place that made me

Was I in your way when the cameras turned to face you?
No room in frame for two

You cannot outrun a ghost
Speeding south bound lanes with abandon
It catches you on the coast
Or on the cliffs of the Palisades you killed the engine
And then it hovers above
Reeling bodies failing to discover
The thing they once knew as love
Raising their voices to convince one another

Was I in your way when the cameras turned to face you?
No room in frame for two
And how can I stay in the sun when the rain flows
All through my veins, it's true

And I guess it's not a failure we could help
And we'll both go on to get lonely with someone else with someone else

Was I in your way when the cameras turned to face you?
No room in frame for two
And how can I stay in the sun when the rain flows
All through my veins, it's true

And I guess it's not a failure we could help
And we'll both go on to get lonely with someone else
Track Name: Black Sun
There is whiskey in the water
And there is death upon the vine
There is fear in the eyes of your father
And there is "yours" and there is "mine"

There is a desert veiled in pavement
And there's a city of seven hills
And all our debris flows to the ocean
To meet again I hope it will

How could / something / so fair / be so cruel
When this / Black Sun / revolved / around you

There is an answer in a question
And there is hope within despair
And there is beauty in a failure
And there are depths beyond compare

There is a role of a lifetime
And there's a song yet to be sung
And there's a dumpster in the driveway
Of all the plans that came undone

CHORUS x 2

There is whiskey in the water
And there is death upon the vine
And there is grace within forgiveness
But it's so hard for me to find

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
If only you'd have known me before the accident
For with that grand collision came a grave consequence
Receptors overloaded, they burst and disconnect
'Til there was little feeling
Please work with what is left

Oh I need not be flattered that you've never been here before
So there's no need to mention that you've no firsts anymore
But if you let me be your skyline I'll let you be the wave
That reduces me to rubble
That looked safe from far away

I don't know why I don't know why
I return to the scenes of these crimes
Where the hedgerows slowly wind
Through the ghosts of Beverly Drive
I don't know why I don't know why
I don't know what I expect to find
Where all the news is second hand
And everything just goes on as planned

You wanna teach but not be taught
And I wanna sell but not be bought
So let us not be lonesome
So let us not be lonesome
Lost in between our needs and wants
Track Name: Little Wanderer
You sent a photo out your window of Tokyo
Told me you were doing fine
You said the cherry blossoms were blooming
And I was on your mind

But I couldn't make you out through the glitches
It's how it always seems to go
So we say our goodbyes over messenger
As the network overloads

You're my wanderer, little wanderer
Off across the sea
You're my wanderer, little wanderer
Won't you wander back to me

Always falling asleep when you're waking
I count the hours on my hands
Doing the math to the timezone you're at
Was an unseen part of the plan

But If you will be my bluebird returning
Then I will be your evergreen
Standing tall on your horizon
Guiding you home to me

CHORUS

You're my wanderer, little wanderer
How I wish that you could see
Little wanderer, little wanderer
how I need you back with me

You sent a photo out your window of Paris
Of what you wish that I could see
But someone's gotta be the lighthouse
And that someone's gotta be me

And I hope your absence makes us grow fonder
I hope we always feel the same
When our eyes meet past security
And we embrace in the baggage claim
When we kiss in the baggage claim

CHORUS

You're my wanderer, little wanderer
How I wish that you could see
Little wanderer, little wanderer
How I need you back with me
Track Name: You've Haunted Me All My Life
You've haunted me all my life
Through endless days and countless nights
There was a storm when I was just a kid
Stripped the last code of innocence

You've haunted me all my life

You're always out of reach when I'm in pursuit
Long winded then suddenly mute
And there's a flaw in my heart's design
For I keep trying to make you mine

You've haunted me all my life
You've haunted me all my life
You are the mistress I can't make a wife
And you've haunted me all my life

And so I wait but I never seem to learn
How to capture your diminishing returns
I still see you through the eyes of a child
Naive in thinking we could tame the wild

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Hold No Guns
Darling don't you understand that there are no winners
Or medals hung from silken strands to greet you at the finish
As we're dissolving into the sea I only take what I can carry
As the council's combing through our debris
For the treasures we never buried

My love, why do you run?
For my hands hold no guns

Darling though you may pretend that you are selfless
You break with but the slightest bend and it leaves you lost and helpless
So to whom will you place the call on the coldest night of winter?
'Cause numbers change and people fall
And friends they always splinter

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Everything's a Ceiling
Way way down in a hole, there's no feeling
'Cause when you're so far beneath the floor everything's a ceiling
We dug it down as deep as we could just like we planned it
But when you climbed out you pulled the ladder and it left me stranded

So what am I supposed to do?
I'm calling out to you
But you're miles away, it's true
Digging with someone new

So far down in this hole there's little daylight
I feel the shards of the midday sun and then it's black as midnight
The only stars I see in the sky, they don't move me
'Cause they've all been dead for millions of years
They're just light diffusing

And a constellation is more
Than the brightest point of its form
But every telescope you assumed
Was pointed only at you

And I've got nowhere to go except further below so I keep digging
And it gets darker every day But I see no other way than just committing
But if the earth is as round as they say then I won't find another place
From where I break back through that's farther away from you

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)
You'll never have to hear the word "no"
If you keep all your friends on the payroll
The non-disclosure pages signed
Your secret's safe between those lines

The scaffolding will cheer and console you
But remember what your mother told you
That good help is so hard to find
For people that are so refined

You're trying to turn into the skid
In this never-ending grid

There's a long, slow fade
To a darkened stage
And I hear you say
"Only a fool gives it away"

You said you wanna stake out your claim
High above the city from where you came
But beware that the air's so thin
It starves the brain of oxygen

And oh it's such a dangerous place
For there are more ascensions than there is space
Angels causing accidents
The camera phones will document

But if I start to levitate
Pull me down with all your weight

CHORUS

You're trying to turn into the skid
In this never-ending grid
But you should know it's not ideal
All those hands upon the wheel

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: El Dorado
Seems you finally found, finally found El Dorado
Over in Culver City shining bright
Name in lights

And I trying to be hyped for you

It's kinda like a party that you never wanted to attend
But when an invitation finally arrives you change your mind

And I trying to be hyped for you
As you slip away behind the gates

Seems you finally found, finally found El Dorado
So why does it feel underwhelming
Barely real

And I trying to be hyped for you
As you slip away behind the gates
Track Name: Ingenue
Ingénue, what have we done to you?
Under that soft skin
I hear a tickin'
The currency of being 23
It turns from gold to dust
When you crest the wave of lust

So take all you can
From the mouth of man

Ingénue, framed like a cartoon
The borders clear and defined
The colors bold and bright
You want to be taken more seriously
But they just play you cute
And it's such a hard thing to do

So take all you can
From the mouth of man
And escape from this town
Before your sand runs out

Ingénue, what will become of you
When age's glacial pace
Cuts valleys into your face
The currency of being 23
It will remain the same
Just by another name

Oh Ingénue, what will you do?
Ingénue, what have we done to you?
Track Name: Binary Sea
Oh Atlas could not understand
The world was so much smaller than
The one he used to hold before
But the weight it brought him to the floor
As you watched him struggle to his feet
You took photos capturing his defeat
And messaged them to all your friends
And we all laughed at his expense

Ahh-ooooo

Oh come my love and swim with me
Out in this vast binary sea
Zeros and ones, patterns appear
They'll prove to all that we were here
For if there is no document
We cannot build our monument
So look into the lens and I'll
Make sure this moment never dies

Ahh-ooooo

No Atlas could not stay engaged
He was more distracted every day
And he slowly fell into disarray
Just trying to think of something to say
For if there is no document
There cannot be a monument
So lean in close or lend an ear
There's something brilliant bound to happen here