The Employment Pages
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets.
Idle now, I rearranged the furniture as you sleep, as you sleep, as you sleep

Its so appropriate, the way we amplify the sound,
And then the neighbors drop by and they ask to turn it down again

We spread out and everyone is frightfully more aware.
So impressed, the cocktail politics and obscure details.

Its so appropriate, the way we amplify the sound,
And then the neighbors drop by and they ask to turn it down again.

And it was true that I was truly failing.
You were gone and I was home calling around,
But nothing was found worthwhile.





We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets.
Idle now, I rearrange the furniture as you sleep, as you sleep, as you sleep

Overall Meaning

The Employment Pages is a song by Death Cab for Cutie that uses metaphors to describe the experience of looking for love in modern society. The opening lines, "We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets," suggest that people are searching for love in the empty spaces left by urbanization, trying to find meaning and connection amidst the chaos of city life. The singer of the song is then described as being "idle now" and "rearranging the furniture" as his partner sleeps, suggesting that he is feeling lost and directionless in his own relationship.


The song goes on to describe the way that people compete for attention and recognition in this modern world, amplifying their voices to be heard above the noise of the city. However, this is followed by the neighbors asking them to turn it down, symbolizing the futility of this competition as people continue to struggle to connect with one another. The singer then describes feeling helpless and alone without his partner, searching for something worthwhile but coming up empty.


Overall, The Employment Pages is a song that captures the frustration and disconnection of modern life, using clever metaphors and vivid imagery to convey its message.


Line by Line Meaning

We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets.
We take advantage of the spaces between everything else in the city to establish our own presence and make ourselves known.


Idle now, I rearranged the furniture as you sleep, as you sleep, as you sleep
I'm awake while you're asleep, so I'm using this time to move the furniture and change things around in the house.


Its so appropriate, the way we amplify the sound,
It's fitting for us to increase the volume and make our presence even more noticeable.


And then the neighbors drop by and they ask to turn it down again
But then people nearby complain and request that we quiet down once again.


We spread out and everyone is frightfully more aware.
Our presence is becoming more and more known and even causing some people to become fearful.


So impressed, the cocktail politics and obscure details.
We're so caught up in trivial and complicated matters that we're missing the big picture of what's happening around us.


And it was true that I was truly failing.
I was actually failing at something and it wasn't just a feeling or perception.


You were gone and I was home calling around,
You weren't around and I was trying to get in touch with you by making phone calls from home.


But nothing was found worthwhile.
But I wasn't able to accomplish anything of value or find what I was looking for.




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Written by: BENJAMIN GIBBARD

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Comments from YouTube:

@carlahns8453

I love this song... Thank you!

@fhowland

The song that first made me fall in love with this band

@aidenkinerk3141

Masterpiece...

@hangingwithmatty9465

We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets.
Idle now, I rearranged the furniture as you sleep, as you sleep, as you sleep
Its so appropriate, the way we amplify the sound,
And then the neighbors drop by and they ask to turn it down again
We spread out and everyone is frightfully more aware.
So impressed, the cocktail politics and obscure details.
Its so appropriate, the way we amplify the sound,
And then the neighbors drop by and they ask to turn it down again.
And it was true that I was truly failing.
You were gone and I was home calling around,
But nothing was found worthwhile.
We spread out and occupy the cracks in the urban streets.
Idle now, I rearrange the furniture as you sleep, as you sleep, as you sleep

@NAZIDEADYET

Y'all guyed Mary again

@NAZIDEADYET

No employment jobs at all

@NAZIDEADYET

With females and I am not your guy

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