Amputations
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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And if it was just how you wanted
You'd be glued to his bones and his brain stem
And changing your image and attitudes
Won't bring you back into your bedroom
Amputating as he's waiting
He's unresponsive 'cause you're irresponsible
Little swinger your bottle is thinking too much
'Cause you're aiming to please way off target
And I'll tell you what you must already know




Of amputating that too slow

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Death Cab for Cutie's song Amputations depict the struggle of a person who is unable to let go of a past lover. The song talks about the singer's desire to change themselves in order to win their lover back, but ultimately realizing that it is futile. The first lines of the song, "And if it was just how you wanted, You'd be glued to his bones and his brain stem" suggest that the singer is willing to do anything to please their lover, even if it means losing their sense of self.


The lyrics then move on to describe the singer's attempts at changing themselves, "And changing your image and attitudes, Won't bring you back into your bedroom". Here, the singer realizes that changing who they are won't bring back their lover. However, they continue to spiral downward as they delve into self-destructive behavior, "Little swinger your bottle is thinking too much, 'Cause you're aiming to please way off target". The singer uses alcohol as a means to escape their reality and forget about their lost love.


The song's chorus, "Amputating as he's waiting, He's unresponsive 'cause you're irresponsible" suggests that the singer is slowly destroying themselves and their chances of getting back with their lover. The final line, "And I'll tell you what you must already know, Of amputating that too slow" emphasizes the point that the singer needs to stop their destructive behavior before it's too late.


Line by Line Meaning

And if it was just how you wanted
If everything was perfect and met your expectations


You'd be glued to his bones and his brain stem
You'd be so obsessed with him that you wouldn't want to leave him


And changing your image and attitudes
Trying to be someone you think he wants, rather than being true to yourself


Won't bring you back into your bedroom
Won't bring you the intimacy and connection you're seeking with him


Amputating as he's waiting
Cutting off parts of yourself to please him, while he waits for you to be what he wants


He's unresponsive 'cause you're irresponsible
He's not responding to you because you're not taking responsibility for yourself and your needs


Little swinger your bottle is thinking too much
You're using alcohol to cope with your feelings and thoughts, but it's not helping


'Cause you're aiming to please way off target
You're trying to please him, but you don't really know what he wants


And I'll tell you what you must already know
The following message is something you probably already understand


Of amputating that too slow
You need to stop cutting parts of yourself to please him and move on from this relationship that's not serving you




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Written by: BENJAMIN GIBBARD

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