Your Heart Is an Empty Room
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


Burn it down 'til the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home's face
How it ages when you're away
And spring blooms and you find a love that's true
But you don't know what now to do
'Cause the chase is all you know and she stopped running months ago
And all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear
For the things that you didn't need
'Cause you knew you were finally free

'Cause all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And there on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Bálint Vass

I want to provide some amazing lyrics too!

Before you start, you might want to know that according to my countings the followings are parts of 20 songs. It might be too much, but my heart doesn't allow me to reduce the list.


EDIT: I eventually reduced the number of the songs to 12.



Relient K:


"I tried to move you, but you just wouldn't budge
I tried to hold your hand but you'd rather hold your grudge


[...]


And wisdom always chooses
These black eyes and these bruises
Over the heartache that they say
Never completely goes away"


- Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet?


"It's been forever since I've gone
But I'm the Cusack on the lawn of your heart"


- Part Of It


"Loneliness and solitude are two things not to get confused
Cause I spend my solitude with You "


- Therapy


"You say you made up your mind and you finally decided
But those that helped you choose
Haven't the slightest clue as to
The magnitude of what you're about to lose
[...]
It's still an attempt to be egoless while self-assured
If I'm still unsure that I'm pretty sure
That I am pretty good
God, you know I'm good


[...]
No, I don't know what's over just yet
But I won't go slow, and time can let the mind forget"


- Over It


"A lion on his side
Was it the lying or his pride which brought him down?
Once the king of beasts but now they feast on the thoughts beneath his vacant crown"


- Sahara



"Wave goodbye as I outgrow the shadow of Peter Pan"


- Man


Switchfoot/Jon Foreman


"Let the wars begin, let my strength wear thin
Let my fingers crack, let my world fall apart
Train the monkeys on my back to fight
Let it start tonight
When my world explodes
When my stars touch the ground
Falling down like broken satellites"


- Let Your Love Be Strong


"Am I man when I feel like ghost?
The stranger in the mirror is wearing my clothes"


- Thrive


"Remember coming home at four in the morning
Before the sun was up
Back when the east was a fire of gold
Just waiting for the rest of the sky to fall in love
Our hope is just a metaphor, of something better
For all of our dreams tonight
And fear is just a shadow of, the things that matter the most
And I fear that I'm losing hope tonight"


- Slipping Away


"My heart is beating like a blown speaker
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weaker
A distortion pedal and a pair of wings
And an anthem played on broken strings"


- Hope Is The Anthem


"When the thoughts in your mind are like thieves
And they take you places where
Love is hard to believe
And the air gets thin
And lungs find it harder to breathe
Remember what you know


You shine like gold"


- Shine Like Gold ft. Lifehouse


"Today was her birthday, strangely enough
When the cops found her body at the foot of a bluff
The anonymous caller this morning tipped off the police
They got her ID from her dental remains
The same fillings intact, the same nicotine stains
The birth and the death were both over
With no one to grieve"


- Somebody's baby



All comments from YouTube:

terry joshua pesco

you dont simply compare owl city to death cab for cutie, hipster kid.

Andrew Jo

sound the same to me

bl0cprtY fn630

@DEATHVVISH same

DEATHVVISH

I'm both a fan and they are very different

Daniel Suarez

I honestly think that DCFC has some of the best lyricism of any band that I can think off the top of my head. I mean "But you know not what now to do because the chase is all you know. And she stopped running months ago" is just amazing. 

Stay Live

Let’s not act like Cold Play don’t exist. 😒

Bálint Vass

I want to provide some amazing lyrics too!

Before you start, you might want to know that according to my countings the followings are parts of 20 songs. It might be too much, but my heart doesn't allow me to reduce the list.


EDIT: I eventually reduced the number of the songs to 12.



Relient K:


"I tried to move you, but you just wouldn't budge
I tried to hold your hand but you'd rather hold your grudge


[...]


And wisdom always chooses
These black eyes and these bruises
Over the heartache that they say
Never completely goes away"


- Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet?


"It's been forever since I've gone
But I'm the Cusack on the lawn of your heart"


- Part Of It


"Loneliness and solitude are two things not to get confused
Cause I spend my solitude with You "


- Therapy


"You say you made up your mind and you finally decided
But those that helped you choose
Haven't the slightest clue as to
The magnitude of what you're about to lose
[...]
It's still an attempt to be egoless while self-assured
If I'm still unsure that I'm pretty sure
That I am pretty good
God, you know I'm good


[...]
No, I don't know what's over just yet
But I won't go slow, and time can let the mind forget"


- Over It


"A lion on his side
Was it the lying or his pride which brought him down?
Once the king of beasts but now they feast on the thoughts beneath his vacant crown"


- Sahara



"Wave goodbye as I outgrow the shadow of Peter Pan"


- Man


Switchfoot/Jon Foreman


"Let the wars begin, let my strength wear thin
Let my fingers crack, let my world fall apart
Train the monkeys on my back to fight
Let it start tonight
When my world explodes
When my stars touch the ground
Falling down like broken satellites"


- Let Your Love Be Strong


"Am I man when I feel like ghost?
The stranger in the mirror is wearing my clothes"


- Thrive


"Remember coming home at four in the morning
Before the sun was up
Back when the east was a fire of gold
Just waiting for the rest of the sky to fall in love
Our hope is just a metaphor, of something better
For all of our dreams tonight
And fear is just a shadow of, the things that matter the most
And I fear that I'm losing hope tonight"


- Slipping Away


"My heart is beating like a blown speaker
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weaker
A distortion pedal and a pair of wings
And an anthem played on broken strings"


- Hope Is The Anthem


"When the thoughts in your mind are like thieves
And they take you places where
Love is hard to believe
And the air gets thin
And lungs find it harder to breathe
Remember what you know


You shine like gold"


- Shine Like Gold ft. Lifehouse


"Today was her birthday, strangely enough
When the cops found her body at the foot of a bluff
The anonymous caller this morning tipped off the police
They got her ID from her dental remains
The same fillings intact, the same nicotine stains
The birth and the death were both over
With no one to grieve"


- Somebody's baby

Matt Stowers

+Wicus Vivier not deep at all. Just smart.

0Sojuthinxoha

Dually noted and respected, my friend. How I feel is.. What all of the mainstream genres of today's music, lack is.. not only instrumental substance, but lyrical substance. But if I may? I'd like to suggest a similar musical experience: The Shins and Broken Bells have some incredibly deep and powerful lyrics, as well as talented musicians to help project them. And some highly experienced Sound Engineers, as well. James Mercer is the front man for both groups. His lyrics and musical talents come solely from the appreciation, of that there of. Do yourself a favor and check them out. I strongly feel that you won't be disappointed.

Turnt SNACO

Absolutely, Ben Gibbard is a phenomenal poet. :) If you haven't listened to any his work in The Postal Service, you really should. One of my favorite lines, from the song Recycled Air, is "I watch the patchwork farms slow fade into the ocean's arms", meant to convey the metaphorical ascension to the clouds that lovers experience in delicate moments of intimacy. It just paints such a wonderfully vivid mental image, especially in conjunction with all the other details in the song. I wish I could do with words what he does...

While I listen to a fair amount of music with lyrics, I generally couldn't care less whether a song has lyrics or not; that's not really what music is about to me. I listen to loads of instrumental music, even make some myself. But every now and then a song or album's lyrics captures me. Ben Gibbard's lyrics are one of few artists' works I have repeatedly gone of my way to praise. The only other thing off the top of my head is the album Vaccine by Younger Brother, which has held the title of my favorite album for something like 5 or 6 years. It expresses all the mystery and uncertainties I have about my deeper connection to the universe through spirituality in a way I never imagined possible.

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