For What Reason
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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This won't be the last from me, its just the start.
I hope that he keeps you up for weeks like you did to me.

I will hold a candle up to you to singe your skin.
Brace yourself: I'm bent with bitterness. I can't foresee.

When your apologies fail to ring true,
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in hot pursuit.

Tracing the plot finds
Skin touching skin.
Absence follows.

In the end, I win every time as ink remains.
Sour tastes prevail as you play back the tape machine.

When your apologies fail to ring true,
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in such hot pursuit.

Tracing the plot finds




Skin touching skin.
Absence follows.

Overall Meaning

The song "For What Reason" by Death Cab for Cutie speaks of a bitter breakup and the complicated emotions that come with it. The opening lines, "This won't be the last from me, it's just the start. I hope that he keeps you up for weeks like you did to me" reveal the singer's anger towards his former lover. He wishes ill on her new partner, hoping he causes her as much pain as she caused him. The line "I will hold a candle up to you to singe your skin" alludes to wanting to hurt her, even if only metaphorically. The repetition of "When your apologies fail to ring true" shows that there have been attempts at reconciliation, but they have failed. The singer is skeptical of her sincerity and believes she is using insincere apologies to keep him chasing her.


The second half of the song describes the physical intimacy that remains between them despite the emotional distance. The lines "Tracing the plot finds skin touching skin. Absence follows" suggests that they are both going through the motions but there is no real love or connection between them anymore. The line "In the end, I win every time as ink remains" refers to the permanence of the breakup, as evidenced by the ink on paper from writing letters or lyrics. The song ends on a bitter note, with the singer feeling vindicated that his former lover is experiencing the same pain he did.


Overall, "For What Reason" is a raw and honest portrayal of a difficult breakup. It shows the complexity of emotions that come with the end of a relationship and how physical intimacy can sometimes continue despite an emotional divide.


Line by Line Meaning

This won't be the last from me, its just the start.
I am not done yet, this is just the beginning.


I hope that he keeps you up for weeks like you did to me.
I wish that he causes you the same sleepless nights that you caused me.


I will hold a candle up to you to singe your skin.
I will expose your flaws and weaknesses to hurt you.


Brace yourself: I'm bent with bitterness. I can't foresee.
Prepare yourself, I am filled with anger and cannot predict my actions.


When your apologies fail to ring true,
If your apologies are insincere,


So slick with that sarcastic slew
So smooth-tongued with your mocking statements


Of phrases like 'I thought you knew'
Saying things like 'I assumed you understood'


While keeping me in hot pursuit.
While stringing me along, keeping me chasing after you.


Tracing the plot finds
Examining the events reveals


Skin touching skin.
Physical intimacy.


Absence follows.
Distance and separation inevitably come.


In the end, I win every time as ink remains.
Ultimately, I come out on top because of the permanent record that exists.


Sour tastes prevail as you play back the tape machine.
Bitterness lingers as you replay the memories.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Benjamin Gibbard, Christopher Walla

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For What Reason Lyrics
[Verse 1]
This won't be the last you hear from me
It's just the start
I hope that he keeps you up for weeks
Like you did to me

[Verse 2]
I will hold a candle up to you
To singe your skin
Brace yourself, I'm bent with bitterness
And can't foresee
[Pre-Chorus]
When your apologies fail to ring true
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like, "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in hot pursuit

[Chorus]
Tracing the plot finds
Skin touching skin
Absence follows

[Verse 3]
In the end, I win every time
As ink remains
Sour tastes prevail as you play back
The tape machine

[Pre-Chorus]
When your apologies fail to ring true
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like, "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in such hot pursuit

[Chorus]
Tracing the plot finds
Skin touching skin
Absence follows



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This ink remains

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For What Reason Lyrics
[Verse 1]
This won't be the last you hear from me
It's just the start
I hope that he keeps you up for weeks
Like you did to me

[Verse 2]
I will hold a candle up to you
To singe your skin
Brace yourself, I'm bent with bitterness
And can't foresee
[Pre-Chorus]
When your apologies fail to ring true
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like, "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in hot pursuit

[Chorus]
Tracing the plot finds
Skin touching skin
Absence follows

[Verse 3]
In the end, I win every time
As ink remains
Sour tastes prevail as you play back
The tape machine

[Pre-Chorus]
When your apologies fail to ring true
So slick with that sarcastic slew
Of phrases like, "I thought you knew"
While keeping me in such hot pursuit

[Chorus]
Tracing the plot finds
Skin touching skin
Absence follows

@ameliasmith2069

Second

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