Underneath the Sycamore
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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Lying in a field of glass
Underneath the overpass
Mangled in the shards of a mental frame
Woken from a dream by my own name
Well I was such a wretched man
Searching everywhere for a homeland
Now we are under the same sun
Feel it through the leaves, let it heal us

We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore

We were both broken in our own ways
Sifting through the rubble for the wrong things
I know you've got a vengeful heart
I cannot be stopped soon as I start
But you have seen your darkest rooms
And I have slept in makeshift tombs
And this is where we find our peace
This is where we are released

We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore

We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore

We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore

We are the same
We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore
We are the same




We are both sane
Underneath the sycamore

Overall Meaning

"Underneath the Sycamore" is a song by Death Cab for Cutie that explores the idea of finding common ground and peace with another person despite their differences. The lyrics describe lying in a field of glass, shattered by a mental frame, and being awakened from a dream by one's own name. The singer then reflects on his past as a "wretched man" searching for a homeland before realizing that he and the other person are "under the same sun" and can "feel it through the leaves" and "let it heal us."


The chorus repeats the lines "We are the same, we are both sane, underneath the sycamore," emphasizing the idea that despite their brokenness and struggles, they are both fundamentally human and can find connection and understanding in nature. The second verse continues this theme, acknowledging that they have both been "broken in our own ways" and have looked for solace in the wrong places. However, they have also experienced darkness and found peace "in makeshift tombs," suggesting that they can find commonality in their struggles and healing in their shared experiences.


Overall, "Underneath the Sycamore" is a poignant reminder of the power of empathy and compassion in creating connections with others, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.


Line by Line Meaning

Lying in a field of glass
Resting in a place filled with broken and shattered pieces


Underneath the overpass
Located below a bridge or a structure that connects two places


Mangled in the shards of a mental frame
Distorted and twisted due to the broken pieces of one's own mental construct


Woken from a dream by my own name
Awakened from a vision or a hope by acknowledging one's own existence


Well I was such a wretched man
I used to be unhappy and miserable


Searching everywhere for a homeland
Looking for a place to call home and belong to


Now we are under the same sun
Currently existing under the same celestial object that gives light to the earth


Feel it through the leaves, let it heal us
Experience the warmth and the light of the sun through the foliage and let it have a therapeutic effect on us


We are the same
We share commonalities and similarities


We are both sane
We both possess a stable and healthy sense of mind


Underneath the sycamore
Located in a place populated with sycamore trees, which symbolize strength and endurance


We were both broken in our own ways
We both experienced damage and harm in our own individualistic, unique manners


Sifting through the rubble for the wrong things
Sorting through the debris and wreckage, only to find things that are not important or useful


I know you've got a vengeful heart
I am aware of the fact that you harbor feelings of revenge and retribution


I cannot be stopped soon as I start
Once I begin with my actions or my movements, it is difficult to interrupt or stop me


But you have seen your darkest rooms
You have been exposed to the bleakest and the most depressing parts of your own self


And I have slept in makeshift tombs
I have rested in temporary, improvised places, that could be considered tombs or graves


This is where we find our peace
This place or this moment in time is where we discover our inner calm and serenity


This is where we are released
This is the space and time where we experience freedom and liberation




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@user-ud9oj

I got it like this: two lovers; the girl and the guy who gives the picture to our detective.
For some reason the guy dies and the last thing he does after leaving this world is ask the detective for save her girl knowing that she probably won't be able to make it without him.
Our detective tries to find the girl all night.
When she knows about the death of her love she decides to comite suicide just before our detective find her.
She probably understood that the detective was sent from her love to prevent her deat but she didn't care because she wanted to be with him.




Or maybe she just slip away...



All comments from YouTube:

@falconmain8616

After looking through the comments i'm glad i'm not the only one who remembers this from their 3ds

@cheechunlimited

We're all with ya, man. Good memories

@awesomepasta

When times were simple...

@Buiral

Exactly...

@cesarvides9611

I listened to this on my 3DS in Nintendo video

@CryptidDeer

Me too

@seancattie5180

same

@brandonsoto6603

Cesar Vides Me too

@chocolatethunder7256

me too

@joex-mn4we

That’s actually how I discovered them.

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