60 & Punk
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


There's nothing funny about just slipping away
It's nothing funny how you're spending your days
But you're laughing like a kid at a carnival
And I watched you stumbling around this dusty town
I heard your bottle talking way too loud
As the Federales tried to hunt you down
For something you can't remember what was about

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

I used to watch you on the late night scene
The timely rescue of a metal teen
Six strings were strumming rhythm and lead
And that hadn't occurred to me
When I met you I was twenty-two
Trying so hard to play it cool
But there was so much that I needed to say
And nothing came out the right way

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore
The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

There's nothing elegant in being a drunk
It's nothing righteous being sixty and a punk
But when you're looking in the mirror do you see
That kid that you used to be?
Broke and working in a record store
Daydreaming about the upcoming tour
Were you happier when you poor?
Were you happier when you poor?

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore
The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

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Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Chris Van Slyke

I must say, this is a such a sad and beautiful song, and I’ve been playing it nonstop. Best DCFC song I’ve heard in some time.

The song is likely about R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck. All the references seem to point to him. I know Ben wanted to keep the subject nameless, but due to countless interviews he’s done in the past and the internet, you can figure it out. There are too just many details.

60 and punk – Peter Buck is 61

“I watched you stumbling around this dusty town. I heard your bottle talking way too loud, as the Federales tried to hunt you down” – Ben played with Peter at his Todo’s Santos Music Festival in Mexico (2013, and 2016).

"I used to watch you on the late night scene. The timely rescue of a metal teen" – Ben would have been a teenager when R.E.M were in their prime

“6 strings were strumming rhythm and lead ” - guitarist

“When I met you I was 22. Trying so hard to play it cool” – Ben met Peter in 1998 at the Crocodile Café after a show in the bathroom.

"That kid that you used to be? Broke and working in a record store" - Peter worked in the Wuxtry record store in Athens (where he met Michael Stipe)

Such an amazing song.



Ali H

Lyrics
There's nothing funny about just slipping away
It's nothing funny how you're spending your days
But you're laughing like a kid at a carnival
And I watched you stumbling around this dusty town
I heard your bottle talking way too loud
As the Federales tried to hunt you down
For something you can't remember what was about

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

I used to watch you on the late night scene
The timely rescue of a metal teen
Six strings were strumming rhythm and lead
And that hadn't occurred to me
When I met you I was twenty-two
Trying so hard to play it cool
But there was so much that I needed to say
And nothing came out the right way

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore
The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

There's nothing elegant in being a drunk
It's nothing righteous being sixty and a punk
But when you're looking in the mirror do you see
That kid that you used to be?
Broke and working in a record store
Daydreaming about the upcoming tour
Were you happier when you poor?
Were you happier when you poor?

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore
The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off
He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore



Anti Lover

Found this a couple comments below:
I must say, this is a such a sad and beautiful song, and I’ve been playing it nonstop. Best DCFC song I’ve heard in some time.

The song is likely about R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck. All the references seem to point to him. I know Ben wanted to keep the subject nameless, but due to countless interviews he’s done in the past and the internet, you can figure it out. There are too just many details.

60 and punk – Peter Buck is 61

“I watched you stumbling around this dusty town. I heard your bottle talking way too loud, as the Federales tried to hunt you down” – Ben played with Peter at his Todo’s Santos Music Festival in Mexico (2013, and 2016).

"I used to watch you on the late night scene. The timely rescue of a metal teen" – Ben would have been a teenager when R.E.M were in their prime

“6 strings were strumming rhythm and lead ” - guitarist

“When I met you I was 22. Trying so hard to play it cool” – Ben met Peter in 1998 at the Crocodile Café after a show in the bathroom.

"That kid that you used to be? Broke and working in a record store" - Peter worked in the Wuxtry record store in Athens (where he met Michael Stipe)

Such an amazing song.



Aditya mishra

I remember being inside something more than you...

 Promises of payments were
upon your shoulders constantly,
but don't forget to entertain
'cause this is your first defense.
This is my last defense.

 This tiny life is making sense
And every drop numbs the both of us,
But I alone am staggering.

And I should have given you a reason to stay,
Given you a reason to stay...

 The gift of memories is
An awful curse
With age it just
Gets much worse
But I won't mind
I won't mind

The ice was getting thinner
Under me and you..

And through winter's advancing, we'll stay young, go dancing

There's something brilliant bound to happen here...

Were you happier when you were poor ?



Adrian Wave

[Lyrics]

There's nothing funny about just slipping away It's nothing funny how you're spending your days

But you're laughing like a kid at a carnival And I watched you stumbling around this dusty town

I heard your bottle talking way too loud As the Federales tried to hunt you down For something you can't remember what was about

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off

He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

I used to watch you on the late night scene The timely rescue of a metal teen

Six strings were strumming rhythm and lead And that hadn't occurred to me

When I met you I was twenty-two Trying so hard to play it cool

But there was so much that I needed to say And nothing came out the right way


The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore

There's nothing elegant in being a drunk It's nothing righteous being sixty and a punk But when you're looking in the mirror do you see That kid that you used to be?

Broke and working in a record store Daydreaming about the upcoming tour Were you happier when you poor? Were you happier when you poor?


The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore The curtain falls to applause and the band plays you off, the band plays you off He's a superhero growing bored with no one to save anymore.



All comments from YouTube:

Chris Van Slyke

I must say, this is a such a sad and beautiful song, and I’ve been playing it nonstop. Best DCFC song I’ve heard in some time.

The song is likely about R.E.M. guitarist, Peter Buck. All the references seem to point to him. I know Ben wanted to keep the subject nameless, but due to countless interviews he’s done in the past and the internet, you can figure it out. There are too just many details.

60 and punk – Peter Buck is 61

“I watched you stumbling around this dusty town. I heard your bottle talking way too loud, as the Federales tried to hunt you down” – Ben played with Peter at his Todo’s Santos Music Festival in Mexico (2013, and 2016).

"I used to watch you on the late night scene. The timely rescue of a metal teen" – Ben would have been a teenager when R.E.M were in their prime

“6 strings were strumming rhythm and lead ” - guitarist

“When I met you I was 22. Trying so hard to play it cool” – Ben met Peter in 1998 at the Crocodile Café after a show in the bathroom.

"That kid that you used to be? Broke and working in a record store" - Peter worked in the Wuxtry record store in Athens (where he met Michael Stipe)

Such an amazing song.

Ruben Swart

Incredible! I already loved this song, and now infinitely even more so. Many thanks for making this connection for me! When beautiful worlds collide. And I was also 'saved' by R.E.M. as a teen, ten years after Ben (in the nineties). Seeing them live in 2005 in Cape Town remains one of the highlights of my gig-watching career so far..

erad67

@stephanie gonzalez Guessing you are pretty young. As he says in his comment, Peter was the guitarist for R.E.M. In case you don't know, R.E.M. used to be one of the biggest bands in the world.

stephanie gonzalez

Chris Van Slyke who is peter?

Melanie Groff

This song is why I love Ben Gibbard. His lyrics are the essence of pure human moments brought to life

Todd Marshall

Well said

Siouxsie X

He could slap my grandma and Id thank him. Such a beautiful soul

Wendy Potter

Right! It almost brings tears to my eyes even if I don't releate personally but I feel the pain another human can feel through Ben's lyrics. I swear Ben Gibbard is a lyrics master if there ever was one! I love him!

Todd Marshall

I like this song a lot now but I feel like this is one of those songs that'll just keep getting better as time goes by. That seems to be the case with a lot of Death Cab for Cutie songs.

Eric Hughes

this is one of those songs that I'll listen to in 4 years and start crying. remembering when it came out. thinking about where life has brought be in such a short yet long feeling amount of time.

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