I Miss Strangers
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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You were by my side on the frontline
Do you remember? Do you remember?

Two casualties of the punk wars
Buried in leather, in leather

But these days I miss strangers more than I
More than I miss my friends
And the waves of conversations breakin'
On the shores of my head again

Furnishments dumpstered, a grand score
You didn't need money, not money
Everything you owned a hatchback
Battered and musty, and musty

But these days I miss strangers more than I
More than I miss my friends
In dive-bars filled with hopeless drunks sinking
Deeper into their sins
I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?

Reach out
Reach out
Reach out (to what is choking you, to what is choking you)
Reach out (to what is choking you, to what is choking you)
Reach out

But these days I miss strangers more than I
More than I miss my friends
And the waves of conversations breakin'
On the shores of my head again
But these days I miss strangers more than I
More than I miss my friends
I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?




Yeah, I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?
I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "I Miss Strangers" by Death Cab for Cutie delve into feelings of nostalgia and longing for connections with unfamiliar individuals. The opening lines reflect on a past time when the singer had someone by their side during challenging moments, likely symbolic of facing difficulties together and sharing a strong bond. The repetition of "Do you remember?" emphasizes the reminiscing aspect of the lyrics, suggesting a desire to hold onto memories that are fading with time.


The reference to "casualties of the punk wars buried in leather" paints a vivid picture of a rebellious and alternative lifestyle, where both the singer and their companion embraced a sense of freedom and nonconformity. Despite the hardships they may have faced, there is a sense of camaraderie and shared experiences encapsulated in the imagery of being surrounded by leather.


As the lyrics progress, the focus shifts to a yearning for encounters with strangers over familiar friends. The singer expresses a sentiment of missing the spontaneous connections and diverse conversations that strangers bring into their life. This longing for new interactions suggests a desire for novelty and unpredictability amidst a backdrop of routine or stagnation.


The final verses of the song explore a sense of displacement and questioning, as the singer navigates through dive bars filled with individuals sinking deeper into their struggles. The repetition of "I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?" reflects a contemplative state of mind, torn between being present in the moment and grappling with uncertainties about the future. The repeated plea to "reach out" implies a yearning for connection and understanding, even in moments of isolation or disconnection.


Overall, the lyrics of "I Miss Strangers" by Death Cab for Cutie convey a complex blend of nostalgia, longing, and introspection. The contrast between missing strangers over friends highlights the importance of human connection and the valuable insights that unfamiliar individuals can bring into our lives. The song captures a poignant reflection on past experiences, present struggles, and the ongoing search for meaningful connections in a world that often feels chaotic and unpredictable.


Line by Line Meaning

You were by my side on the frontline
You were there with me through difficult times


Do you remember? Do you remember?
Do you recall those memories we shared?


Two casualties of the punk wars
Two individuals affected by the struggles of the punk music scene


Buried in leather, in leather
Embraced by the punk culture, embodying its style


But these days I miss strangers more than I
Recently, I find myself longing for new encounters over familiar faces


More than I miss my friends
Even more than I miss those close to me


And the waves of conversations breakin' on the shores of my head again
The memories of conversations flood my mind once more


Furnishments dumpstered, a grand score
Discovering discarded treasures was a great find


You didn't need money, not money
An emphasis on the value of experiences over material possessions


Everything you owned a hatchback
Your entire life could fit in a small car


Battered and musty, and musty
Worn out and carrying the scent of adventure


In dive-bars filled with hopeless drunks sinking
Surrounded by individuals drowning in their own despair


Deeper into their sins
Sinking further into destructive behavior


I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?
Struggling to live in the present moment, questioning the passage of time


Reach out
Make an effort to connect with others


Reach out (to what is choking you, to what is choking you)
Seek help to overcome what is holding you back


But these days I miss strangers more than I
Currently, the yearning for new faces surpasses that for familiar ones


And the waves of conversations breakin' on the shores of my head again
Thoughts of past conversations resurface once more


Yeah, I'm tryin' to be here now, but I'm only asking when?
Yes, I am attempting to be present, yet I can't help but wonder about the future




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Benjamin Gibbard, Dave Depper

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@Rrodfer

"Você estava ao meu lado na linha de frente
você se lembra?
duas vítimas das guerras punk
enterrado vestindo couro

Mas hoje em dia sinto mais falta de desconhecidos que dos meus amigos
e as conversas quebram como ondas nas margens da minha mente de novo

Móveis despejados ou quebrados
você não precisava de dinheiro, não era sobre dinheiro
tudo o que você tinha em um hatchback
Surrado e mofado

Mas hoje em dia sinto mais falta de desconhecidos que dos meus amigos
e os bares cheios de bêbados desesperados afundando cada vez mais
em seus pecados

E estou tentando estar presente, mas só estou quando me perguntam

Quebre o que está sufocando você"



All comments from YouTube:

@tylerjacobsen819

I hope my neighbors like this one

@Cynnabuns

😂❤🎉

@7SomeGuy7

I hope they enjoy it every time 😅

@thedogfromraditude5449

This is one of the many songs on the album that blew me away. Asphalt Meadows is my favorite late-career DCFC album by far, every track is so experimental and you can tell how hard they worked on it. Bands changing their sound is usually a gamble, but this is an example of doing it perfectly.

@bradmerilic6848

I wouldn't say this is experimental for them at all. If anything I'd say it feels like an amalgamation to me. Almost like it could feel like a best hits as far as the sounds, but it's been my favorite late career album of theirs in a long time too.

@PalaceMidasTV

I've enjoyed everything since Kintsugi, I'm getting a little older and these resonate with me the way the older albums did when I was younger, but I would say the previous two albums have been building towards this, both of those had some very strong songs, and on this I think every track is demanding of attention. The crafting of the songs and the ideas in production are both refined and experimental I think, depending on how you look t it. Not sure they've done a spoken word section before like the story of the man afraid of whats in the ocean before.

@alexiscarlsenwenzel8939

These days I miss strangers more than I miss my friends 🥺

@jimmysbutter6808

Dive bars full of hopeless drunks sinking deeper into their sins... This song gets to the part of me that feels like I'm a stranger myself

@thecollectorcasanova5537

BEST DCFC record in YEARS (may even be my favorite?)!! So far every track I instantly LOVE <3 The 'Opaque Pink Galaxy' colored vinyl looks BEAUTIFUL too! Can't wait to take it for a spin ;)

@marina.chayka

Best record since Plans!

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