Scientist Studies
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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What ghosts exist behind these attic walls?
There's got to be a simpler explanation,
Cause I scrimped and I saved
Just to find that they've been splicing my inventions.

Cold skin and bones and this latitude;
We ain't paying until the heat comes through.
So you slept in a stocking cap and wool scarf and the

Promises of payments were
Upon your shoulders constantly,
But don't foget to entertain
Cause this is your first defense.

Four-year offense to the devoted type.
I may have got an invitation, but I wasn't invited.
But I thought that this meant
Something more than broken hearts and new addictions.

We'll leave our sins within the carpet twine.
Our bodies will dissolve the chemicals in due time.

Promises of payments were
Upon your shoulders constantly,
But don't forget to entertain
Cause this is your first defense.
This is your first defense.

This is a first defense.




This was a first defense.
This is my last defense.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Scientist Studies" by Death Cab for Cutie indicate a sense of confusion, perhaps even a sense of disillusionment. The opening lines convey a feeling of mystery and confusion, as if someone is attempting to understand the secrets that reside behind the walls. The singer is trying to find an explanation but all that he discovers is that his work has been stolen. The next few lines describe the coldness of the environment and the struggle to survive in it without sufficient heat.


The song then switches to a narrative about a party, possibly a gathering of artists and intellectuals. The singer seems to be somewhat reluctant and confused about their place in this social milieu. The final lines indicate a sense of desperation and resignation: "This is my last defense." Whether this is an expression of hopelessness or a statement of determination is unclear. However, the sense of uncertainty and confusion seems to suggest the former.


In conclusion, "Scientist Studies" is a song that captures feelings of confusion and disillusionment. It contains a sense of wonder and mystery as well as a sense of frustration at the world's complexity. The lyrics convey a sense of wanting to find clarity and meaning in a world that is enigmatic and often inscrutable.


Line by Line Meaning

What ghosts exist behind these attic walls?
Wondering what dark secrets and unseen entities might lurk within the hidden spaces of the house.


There's got to be a simpler explanation,
I refuse to accept the complex and frightening possibilities, there must be a more straightforward answer.


Cause I scrimped and I saved
I struggled and sacrificed to make my inventions and dreams a reality.


Just to find that they've been splicing my inventions.
To discover that someone has taken the credit for or altered my hard work and breakthroughs.


Cold skin and bones and this latitude;
Referencing dreary and lonely winter weather and emotions.


We ain't paying until the heat comes through.
We refuse to spend money until the situation improves or heats up.


So you slept in a stocking cap and wool scarf and the
You had to resort to bundling up in warm clothing to stay comfortable in the cold, likely due to poor insulation or finances.


Promises of payments were
Repeated commitments of financial compensation were made to me.


Upon your shoulders constantly,
I felt the burden of those promises weighing down on me constantly.


But don't forget to entertain
Despite everything, I was still expected to provide enjoyment or distraction for others.


Cause this is your first defense.
Entertaining or impressing others is a way to protect myself or boost my self-esteem.


Four-year offense to the devoted type.
This is a jab at the manipulative behavior of certain people, who prey on loyal and committed individuals over years.


I may have got an invitation, but I wasn't invited.
Even though I was included or welcomed to something, I still felt excluded or not truly wanted.


But I thought that this meant
I mistakenly believed that this acceptance or invite held more significance or promise.


Something more than broken hearts and new addictions.
I hoped for more than just pain and unhealthy attachments from this experience or relationship.


We'll leave our sins within the carpet twine.
We will try to suppress or hide our faults or misdeeds, but they will inevitably resurface in time.


Our bodies will dissolve the chemicals in due time.
Our physical selves will decay and break down eventually.


This is a first defense.
Similarly to earlier, defense mechanisms or distractions are used to protect oneself or present an image to the world.


This was a first defense.
This particular measure or approach may have been effective in the past, but it is no longer sufficient or sustainable.


This is my last defense.
Finally, this is the ultimate way I can protect myself or cope with the circumstances, as all other options have been exhausted or failed.




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Written by: BENJAMIN GIBBARD

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Comments from YouTube:

@trifeloco

One of the best songs they ever made. And imo the best album.

@laskhd22

Truth

@jaemyrick5277

This is a really great second full album from Death Cab for Cutie. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wicked name . Hahaha. Music composition is awesome. Distortion is hardcore. All 10 tracks truly sensational.
I listened to 2 first full albums from Death Cab for Cutie in one sitting tonight.
Their debut album Something About Airplanes. All 10 tracks.So good. ❤❤❤

@willmorris6946

Welcome to the fandom.

@johntriplett3188

I wish I could rediscover them but I don't think it'd be the same hahaha , but yes the first two are solid as fuck(this one is the best). If you like the first two listen to the cassette/comp Chords it has all their early stuff. Transatlanticism and Plans are masterpieces as well, you'll probably like Photo Album but its a vibe shift really and Narrow Stairs is pretty good too.

@KidCorporate

"I may have got an invitation, but I wasn't invited..."

Rarely would I describe a lyric as "armor piercing," but there you have it.

@ThanhLe-bf6yv

I've always considered this their magnum opus. So brutally honest in its writing and tragically relatable. I consider this the epitome of the Death Cab sound. Such a great song, and the perfect way toc lose out their best album

@applebark7764

Great track. Reminds me a lot of "Broke" by Modest Mouse.

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