The Open Door EP

by Death Cab for Cutie

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released March 31, 2009

Little Bribes produced and recorded by Chris Walla st Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA.
Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Portland, OR

A Diamond And A Tether produced by Chris Walla
Recorded by Chris Walla and Will Markwell at Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA; Private Ear, Winnipeg, MB; and the Alberta Court, Portland, OR.
Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Portland, OR

My Mirror Speaks produced by Chris Walla
Recorded by Chris Walla and Will Markwell at Two Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA; and the Alberta Court, Portland, OR.
Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Portland, OR

I Was Once a Loyal Lover produced by Chris Walla
Recorded by Chris Walla and Will Markwell atTwo Sticks Audio, Seattle, WA; and the Alberta Court, Portland, OR.

Mixed by Chris Walla at the Alberta Court, Portland, Or.

Talking Bird (Demo) produced, recorded and mixed at home by Benjamin Gibbard.

Words by Benjamin Gibbard
Mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre, Issaquah, WA
Design by EE Storey
Management by Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management, LTD

Songs by Benjamin Gibbard © 2008 EMI Blackwood Music incorporated on behalf of itself/Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) except: My Mirror Speaks by Benjamin Gibbard and Nicolas Harmer © 2008 EMI Blackwood Music Incorporated on behalf of itself/Where I'm Calling From Music (BMI) /Shove It Up Your 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: Little Bribes
The Eiffel tower built to smaller scale
In the freshest oxygen I’d ever inhaled
I tapped a bottle against a safety rail killing time
And you were like a walking compliment
Tall in stature and exceptionally read
In dummy glasses and a cardigan (uh c'mon)

And oh so empty were the faces of the dealers and waitresses all around

You said that all these things you learned to ignore
The hidden cameras on the casino floor
And what gets paid for behind hotel doors (uh c'mon)

And you pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving 'hello'
And the people stare into their eyes and they feed them little bribes and then they go

In the never ending twilight
In a basement where the sun has never spilt
You said that you were lonely
And then we kissed like lonely people do

You said this city has a beating heart
That pushes people down the boulevard
And they're all hoping for a wish fulfilled
In a desert for a dollar bill
And those foolish dreams you know they plague me still (uh c'mon)

And oh so empty were the faces of the dealers and the waitresses all around
Track Name: A Diamond And A Tether - EP Version
Pity, take pity on me 'cause I’m not half the man that I should be
Always turning to run from the people I should not be afraid of
And darling you should know that I have fantasies about being alone
It’s like love is a lesson I can't learn so I make the same mistakes at each familiar turn

And I know you can't hold out forever waiting on a diamond and a tether
From a boy who won't swim but who will dip his toe in just to keep you here with him

I’ve got this habit I abhor when we go out I’m always watching the door
As if there's someone I’m gonna see who could outdo the things that you do to me

And I know you can't hold out forever waiting on a diamond and a tether
From a boy who won't fly but who will take to the skies if he thinks that you're about to say goodbye

Pity, take pity on me 'cause I’m not half the man that I should be
And I don't blame you if you've had enough of all these empty promises and countless bluffs

And I know you can't hold out forever waiting on a diamond and a tether
From a boy who won't jump when he falls in love
He just stands with his toes on the edge and he waits for it to disappear again
Track Name: My Mirror Speaks
With every sun that sets I am feeling more like a stranger on a foreign shore
With an eroding beach disappearing from under me
And when my mirror speaks it never minces words that these eyes don't shine half as bright
As the used to do and they haven't for quite a while

'Cause I’m a man who hides from all that binds in a mess of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside my head with nothing on either end

I always fall in love with an open door or the horizon on an endless sea
As I look around the ones who are standing right in front of me
And then my mirror speaks with irreverence like a soldier I can't command
As it sees the frightened child in the body of a full grown man

And he's a man who hides from all that binds in a mess of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside his head with nothing on either end
There’s nothing on the ends

A new position for a different view but nothing changes but the slightest hues
When I am standing face to face

With a man who hides from all that binds in a mess of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside his head with nothing on either end
And I’m a man who hides from all that binds in a mess of fading lines
And there's a tangled thread inside my head with nothing on either end
There’s nothing on the ends
Track Name: I Was Once A Loyal Lover
Will I have learned so very little when these bones are old and brittle
I wait to talk when I should listen and cloud mistakes with false revisions
All my friends are forward thinking getting hitched and quitting drinking
And I can feel them pulling away as I’m resigned to stay the same

And you can't even begin to know how many times I’ve told myself I told you so

I was once a loyal lover who's lips did never seek another’s
But now each love is like a match a blinding spark that burns out fast
And they all conclude with the same sentence: 'I’ve never met someone more self-centered
Who thinks that life with a nice girl's like waiting for a bus to work.'

And you can't even begin to know how many times I’ve told myself I told you so
And you can't even believe there's so many bridges engulfed in flames behind me

If you deem it so, just cut the chord and go
You’ll be fine there's plenty of hills to climb

And you can't even begin to know how many times I’ve told myself I told you so
And you can't even believe there's so many bridges engulfed in flames behind me
Track Name: Talking Bird - Demo
Oh my talking bird though you know so few words
They’re on infinite repeat like your brain can’t keep up with your beak
And you’re kept in an open cage and you’re free to leave or stay
But sometimes you get confused like there’s a hint that I’m trying to give you
And 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
But oh my talking bird though your feathers are tattered and furled
I’ll love you all your days ‘til the breath leaves your delicate frame
And it’s all here for you as long as you chose to stay
It’s all here for you as long as you don’t fly away