Fake Frowns
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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Bent at the knee, a last resort
Backfired and made things worse
Once on the bus, it was quite possible
You'd be the jailhouse queen
Jury and judge were screaming to hang
You spat the sweat from brow
He shrugged his shoulders, nothing would work
It had to end right now

I can't drive straight counting your fake frowns
Focusing in, details a must
Trying to make each one count
All on your fingers stopping at ten
Magistrate's keyed in how
The jury and judge were screaming to hang
You spat the sweat from brow
He shrugged his shoulders, nothing would work
It had to end right now





We can't keep your interest now
Increasing pixels and sound

Overall Meaning

Fake Frowns by Death Cab for Cutie is a song written from the perspective of someone who is trying desperately to make a relationship work, but is realizing that their partner is no longer interested. The song’s title "Fake Frowns" is a reference to the fake smiles and expressions that people use to hide their true emotions. The song starts with the line “Bent at the knee, a last resort” which implies that the singer has tried everything to maintain the relationship but has now reached a point where even their last resort has failed, making the situation worse.


The lyrics then continue with “You’d be the jailhouse queen, jury and judge were screaming to hang” which gives an impression of being trapped in a hopeless situation. The singer can’t even focus on driving because they are too busy trying to analyze their partner’s fake expressions, trying to make sense of them. As the song progresses, the lyrics emphasize the desperation of the singer to keep the relationship going, but they are met with indifference instead. The lines “We can’t keep your interest now, increasing pixels and sound” refers to the lack of attention and affection from the partner, and how they are more interested in technology and other distractions than their relationship.


Overall, Fake Frowns is a poignant depiction of the struggles in a failing relationship, where one person is desperately trying to hold on while the other has already given up.


Line by Line Meaning

Bent at the knee, a last resort
You're at your wit's end, willing to do anything to fix things.


Backfired and made things worse
Your attempts to make things better only ended up exacerbating the situation.


Once on the bus, it was quite possible
There was a chance that things could have turned out differently.


You'd be the jailhouse queen
You would have been punished severely for your actions.


Jury and judge were screaming to hang
There was a sense of extreme disapproval and anger directed at you.


You spat the sweat from brow
You were overcome with anxiety and physical discomfort.


He shrugged his shoulders, nothing would work
It seemed like there was no solution to the situation.


It had to end right now
The situation was so dire that it had to be resolved immediately.


I can't drive straight counting your fake frowns
I'm so distracted by your insincere facial expressions that I can't focus on anything else.


Focusing in, details a must
I'm obsessing over the little things.


Trying to make each one count
I'm assigning significance to every small action or expression you make.


All on your fingers stopping at ten
I'm even keeping track of the number of times you've made a certain expression.


Magistrate's keyed in how
Even someone in a position of power is paying attention to the situation.


We can't keep your interest now
We're no longer able to capture your attention or hold your interest.


Increasing pixels and sound
We're resorting to flashy gimmicks to try to keep you engaged.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: BENJAMIN GIBBARD, CHRISTOPHER WALLA

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Frank


on I Will Follow You Into The Dark

This song sucks