You Are a Tourist
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher

When there's a burning in your heart
An endless fury in your heart
Build it bigger than the sun
Let it grow, let it grow
When there's a burning in your heart
Don't be alarmed

This fire grows higher

When there's a doubt in your mind
'Cause you think it all the time
Framin' rights into wrongs
Move along, move along
When there's a doubt within your mind

When there's a burning in your heart
And you think it'll burst apart
Oh, there's nothing to fear
Save the tears, save the tears
When there's a burning in your heart

And if you feel just like a tourist
In the city you were born
Then it's time to go
And define your destination
With so many different places to call home
'Cause when you find yourself a villain
In the story you have written
It's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions
Are in need of redemption
Would you agree?
If so, please show me

This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher

When there's a burning in your heart
When there's a burning in your heart
(This fire grows higher) when there's a burning in your heart
(This fire grows higher, this fire grows higher)




When there's a burning in your heart (this fire grows higher)
(This fire grows higher) when there's a burning in your heart

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Death Cab for Cutie's You Are a Tourist explore the themes of self-discovery and the need for redemption. The repeated refrain of "This fire grows high" serves as a metaphor for the burning desire within oneself, urging the listener to embrace this passion and let it grow. The lyrics encourage the listener to embrace their doubts and conflicts within themselves, as these are natural parts of the journey to self-discovery. The line "when you find yourself a villain in the story you have written" implies that the listener is the author of their own narrative and has the power to shape their own future.


The chorus "When there's a burning in your heart" takes on different meanings as the song progresses. At first, it refers to the fiery passion within oneself. Later, it speaks to the pain and grief that follows failed attempts at fulfilling these passions. The bridge suggests that sometimes our well-intentioned actions can lead us astray, and we must humble ourselves to understand that redemption is necessary.


Overall, the song speaks to the need for self-exploration, self-discovery, and the importance of finding one's place in the world.


Line by Line Meaning

When there's a burning in your heart
When you feel a strong passion or desire


An endless fury in your heart
A never-ending anger or intensity


Build it bigger than the sun
Make it grow and intensify to an impressive degree


Let it grow
Allow the passion or desire to grow and become stronger


Don't be alarmed
Don't worry or be afraid


When there's a doubt in your mind
When you're uncertain or hesitant about something


'Cause you think it all the time
Because you constantly consider or contemplate it


Framin' rights into wrongs
Viewing things from a negative or pessimistic perspective


Move along
Don't dwell on doubts or negativity, keep going


And you think it'll burst apart
You feel like your passion or desire might become overwhelming


Oh, there's nothing to fear
There's no reason to be afraid of your own feelings


Save the tears
Don't let your doubts or fears make you cry


And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
If you feel out of place or disconnected from your own life


Then, it's time to go
It's time to make a change, take action


And you find your destination with so many different places to call home
You discover many options or opportunities for where you truly belong


'Cause when you find yourself a villain,
When you realize that you've made mistakes or done wrong


In the story you have written
In the narrative of your own life


It's plain to see
It's obvious or clear


That sometimes the best intentions
Even when you mean well


Are in need of redemption
Require forgiveness or atonement


Would you agree
Asking for the listener's opinion or validation


If so, please show me
If you agree, please demonstrate or prove it to me




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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Lyrics

This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higherWhen there's a burning in your heart
An endless yearning in your heart
Build it bigger than the sun
Let it grow, let it grow
When there's a burning in your heart
Don't be alarmed

This fire grows higherWhen there's a doubt within your mind
Because you're thinking all the time
Framing rights into wrongs
Move along, move along
When there's a doubt within your mindWhen there's a burning in your heart
And you think it'll burst apart
Or there's nothing to feel
Save the tears, save the tears
When there's a burning in your heart

And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then it's time to go
And define your destination
There's so many different places to call home
Because when you find yourself the villain in the story you have written
It's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions are in need of redemptions
Would you agree?
If so please show me
This fire grows higher
When there's a burning in your heart
When there's a burning in your heart
This fire grows higher



Tyler O

When there's a burning in your heart
An endless fury in your heart
Build it bigger than the sun
Let it grow
Let it grow
And there's a burning in your heart
Don't be alarmed

When there's a doubt in your mind
'Cause you think it all the time
Framin' rights into wrongs
Move along
Move along
When there's a doubt within your mind

When there's a burning in your heart
And you think it'll burst apart
Oh, there's nothing to fear
Save the tears
Save the tears

When there's a burning in your heart

And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then, it's time to go
And you find your destination with so many different places to call home
'Cause when you find yourself a villain,
In the story you have written
It's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions
Are in need of redemption
Would you agree
If so, please show me



I Provide Lyrics

[Intro Refrain]
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher

[Verse 1]
When there's a burning in your heart
An endless yearning in your heart
Build it bigger than the sun
Let it grow, let it grow
When there's a burning in your heart
Don't be alarmed

[Refrain]
This fire grows higher

[Verse 2]
When there's a doubt within your mind
Because you're thinking all the time
Framing rights into wrongs
Move along, move along
When there's a doubt within your mind

[Verse 3]
When there's a burning in your heart
And you think it'll burst apart
Or there's nothing to fear
Save the tears, save the tears
When there's a burning in your heart

[Bridge]
And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born
Then it's time to go
And define your destination
There's so many different places to call home
Because when you find yourself the villain in the story you have written
It's plain to see
That sometimes the best intentions are in need of redemptions
Would you agree?
If so please show me

[Refrain]
This fire grows higher
This fire grows higher

[Outro (with Refrain)]
When there's a burning in your heart
When there's a burning in your heart (This fire grows higher)
When there's a burning in your heart (This fire grows higher. This fire grows higher)
When there's a burning in your heart (This fire grows higher. This fire grows higher)
When there's a burning in your heart...



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Morgan G

For anyone who didn't know, this was recorded live in one take and streamed online. It was pretty darn cool

Joe Dubz

Yepp, very impressive, I must say!

Arthas Menethil

SAY WHAAAAT??? .... wow!!!!

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haha some great Lighting design and projection mapping work. ! ! 

Jordan Toomajon

Has nothing on scotch mist

Antony Montoya

Morgan G ¡¡¡¡no lo sabía!!!

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Nathaniel Love

Im a Black street dude fresh outta federal prison and this song was stuck in my head the whole 7 years I was incarcerated.. I fuckin love this song!! I saw the video the night before I went to prison.. This is a vintage rock and roll video.. I just found it tonight by typing the lyrics.. Music is universal!!

Arpita Abrol

Bless your heart!

MIMS207

@Arpita Abrol 7 years..damn..I can't imagine what it was like being able to really listen to it

Wulfmale

if this is true - you have a peaceful soul

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