A Diamond and a Tether
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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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,
That I can't learn.
I make the same mistakes at each familiar turn.

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.
Cause 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 you are 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,
You've had enough,
Of all these empty promises and countless bluffs.

Cause 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 do disappear again.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Death Cab for Cutie's song A Diamond and a Tether are a heartfelt plea for pity from a man who recognizes his own shortcomings. He admits that he is not the man he should be, and constantly runs from situations he should confront head-on. He dreams of solitude, but his inability to learn from his mistakes keeps him repeating the same patterns in his relationships. He is aware of his partner's patience wearing thin, but he can't seem to break the cycle of empty promises and bluffs.


The chorus of the song speaks directly to his partner, acknowledging that she can't hold out forever waiting for someone who won't commit fully. He acknowledges that he may never be the diamond and the tether that she deserves, but he hopes to keep her close by dipping his toe in the water and taking to the skies. Ultimately, he recognizes that his fear of fully committing is rooted in his fear of being hurt and rejected.


The song is a reflection of the self-doubt and insecurity that can sabotage even the strongest relationships. It illustrates the difficulty of breaking free from patterns of behavior and the struggles of learning from past mistakes. In the end, the singer acknowledges his own shortcomings and expresses gratitude for his partner's patience and understanding, even as he struggles to make the changes necessary to fully commit to the relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Pity, take pity on me.
I am pleading for mercy from others because I am not the best version of myself.


Cause I'm not half the man that I should be.
I feel like I am failing to meet my own expectations and potential.


Always turning to run, From the people I should not be afraid of.
I tend to avoid situations and people that make me uncomfortable or challenge me.


And darling, you should know That I have fantasies about being alone. It's like love is a lesson, That I can't learn. I make the same mistakes at each familiar turn.
I often dream of being on my own, but I struggle with the idea of love and continually make the same mistakes in relationships.


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 understand that you can't wait forever for a committed relationship or a promise of marriage from someone who isn't fully invested, but just keeps you hanging on.


I've got this habit I abhor. When we go out I'm always watching the door. Cause if there's someone I'm gonna see Who could outdo the things you do to me.
I hate that I constantly check out others while I am with you because I am scared someone else will catch my attention and could do better than you.


Cause 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 you are about to say goodbye.
I realize that you can't wait endlessly for an indefinite commitment from someone who won't commit, but who will make himself present when he feels that you're about to leave him for good.


And I don't blame you, You've had enough, Of all these empty promises and countless bluffs.
I don't fault you for reaching your limit of endless excuses and hollow guarantees for what should have been a fulfilling relationship.


Cause 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 do disappear again.
I again acknowledge that it is unreasonable for you to wait forever for commitment from someone who cannot commit and only offers fear and endless limbo rather than taking a genuine leap into love.




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Written by: BENJAMIN GIBBARD

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Frank


on I Will Follow You Into The Dark

This song sucks

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