Kintsugi

by Death Cab for Cutie

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1.
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
2.
04:49
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
03:02
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
03:38
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
10.
04:29
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?
11.
04:04
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

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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 Seattle, Washington

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album for their most recent release, 2015’s Kintsugi. Their ninth album 'Thank You for Today' will be released later this year. ... more

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