Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs lyrics

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  1. Bixby Canyon Bridge
  2. I Will Possess Your Heart
  3. No Sunlight
  4. Cath...
  5. Talking Bird
  6. You Can Do Better Than Me
  7. Grapevine Fires
  8. Your New Twin Sized Bed
  9. Long Division
  10. Pity and Fear
  11. The Ice Is Getting Thinner




Bixby Canyon Bridge

I descended a dusty gravel ridge
Beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge
Until I eventually arrived
At the place where your soul had died

Barefoot in the shallow creek
I grab some stones from underneath
And waited for you to speak to me

In the silence it became so very clear
That you had long ago disappeared
And I cursed myself for being surprised
That this didn't play like it did in my mind

All the way from San Francisco
As I chased the end of your rope
'Cause I've still got miles to go

And I want to know my fate
If I keep up this way
And it's hard to want to stay
Away

When everyone you meet
They all seem to be asleep
And you wonder if you're missing your dream
You can't see your dream
You can't see your dream
You just can't see your dream

A dream

And then it started getting dark
And I trudged back to where the car was parked
No closer to any kind of truth
As I must assume was the case with you




I Will Possess Your Heart

How I wish you could see the potential, the potential of you and me
It's like a book elegantly bound, but in a language that you can't read - just yet
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window, I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective, when we'll be lovers, lovers at last
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won't let you, let me down so easily, so easily

You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart
You gotta spend some time--love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find--love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart




No Sunlight

When I was young, lying in the grass
I felt so safe, in a warming bath
Of sunlight, of sunlight
The fast open sky, could do no harm
Like an embrace of a mother's arms
In sunlight, in sunlight
In sunlight, in sunlight

With every year that came to pass
More clouds appeared, 'til the sky went black
And there was no sunlight, no sunlight
And there was no sunlight, no sunlight anymore

It disappeared at the same speed
The idealistic things I believed
And the optimist hide inside of me

No sunlight, no sunlight
No sunlight, no sunlight

It disappeared at the same speed
The idealistic things I believed
And the optimist hide inside of me

No sunlight, no sunlight
No sunlight, no sunlight
No sunlight, no sunlight
No sunlight, no sunlight
No sunlight, no sunlight, no sunlight, no sunlight, no sunlight anymore




Cath...

Cath...

She stands with a well intentioned man
But she can't relax, with his hands on the small of her back
And as the flashbulbs burst, she holds a smile
Like someone would hold a crying child

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
And your heart was dying fast, and you didn't know what to do

Cath...

It seems that you lived in someone else's dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress with the things that could've been all repressed
But you said your vows and you closed the door
On so many men, who would have loved you more

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
And your heart was dying fast, and you didn't know what to do
The whispers that it won't last roll up and down the pews
But if their hearts were dying that fast, they would've done the same as you
And I'd have done the same as you




Talking Bird

(Whispered: one, two, three, four)

Oh, my talking bird, though you know so few words
They're on infinite repeat, like your brain can't keep up with your beak

And you're kept in an open cage so you're free to leave or stay
And sometimes you get confused, like there is a hymn that I'm trying to give you

The longer you think, the less you'll know what to do

It's hard to see your way out when you live in a house in a house
'Cause you don't realize that the windows were open the whole time

But, oh, my talking bird, though your feathers are tattered and furled
I'll love you all the days, 'till the breath leaves your delicate frays

It's all here for you as long as you choose to stay, hey
It's all here for you as long as you don't fly away




You Can Do Better Than Me

I'm starting to feel we stayed together out of fear of dying alone
I've been slipping through the years, my old clothes don't fit like they once did
So they hang like ghosts of the people I've been

It's like my heart can't contain my falling love every day, I feel like a fool
I have to face the truth that no one could ever look at me like you do
Like when something wrote, "hold me onto" (?)

There's times I think of leaving, but it's something I'll never do
Because you do better than me, but I can't do better than you
You can do better than me, but I can't do better than you




Grapevine Fires

When the wind picked up, the fire spread, and the grapevines seemed left for dead
In the northern sky, like the end of days, the end of days...
The wake-up call to a rented room sounded like an alarm of impending doom
To warn us it's only a matter of time before we open...
Before we all burn, before we all burn, before we all burn...

We bought some wine and some paper cups, neared your daughter's school and we picked her up
And drove to a cemetery on a hill, on a hill...
And we watched the plumes paint the sky grey, as she laughed and danced through the field of graves
There I knew we'd be alright, that everything would be alright...
Would be alright, would be alright, would be alright...

And the news reports on the radio said it was getting worse as the ocean air fanned the flames
But I couldn't think of anywhere I would've rather been to watch it all burn away...
To burn away...

The firemen worked in double shifts, with prayers for rain on their lips
They knew it was only a matter of time...




Your New Twin Sized Bed

You look so defeated lying there in your new twin sized bed
With a single pillow underneath your single head
I guess you decided that that old queen was more space than you would need
And now it's in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says it's free
And I hope you have more luck with this than me

You used to think that someone would come along
And lay beside you in the space that laid along
But the other side of the mattress and box springs stayed like new
And what's the point of holding onto another guess used (?)
Other than to sit desire for self-abuse

And I tried not to worry, but you've got me terrified
It's like we're in some kind of hurry to say goodbye, to say goodbye, to say goodbye...

You look so defeated lying there in your new twin sized bed
You look so defeated lying there in your new twin sized bed




Long Division

His head was a city of paper buildings
And the echoes that remained
Of old friends and lovers
Their features bleeding together in his brain
Once it started it's harder to tell them apart

He was always distracted
By the very mention of an open door
'Cause he had sworn not to be what he'd been before

To be a remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be a remain, remain, remain, remainder

The television was snowing softly
As she hunted for her keys
She said she never envisioned
Him the type of person capable of such deceit

And they carried on like long division
Cause it was clear with every page
Oh, that they were further away
From a solution that would play
Without a remain, remain, remain, remainder
Without a remain, remain, remain, remainder
Without a remain, remain, remain, remainder
Without a remain, remain, remain, remainder

He has sworn not to be what he'd been before

To be the remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be the remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be the remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be the remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be the remain, remain, remain, remainder
To be a remain, remain, remain, remainder




Pity and Fear

I have such envy for this stranger lying next to me
Who awakes in the night who slips out into the pre-dawn light
With no words, a clean escape, no promises or lessons made
And chopped all up to mistake, mistake, mistake

And there are no tears, just pity and fear
And the vast ravine right in between

A storm at sea with bow cracked and I was capsizing
And I sunk below where I swore I would never go
If you can't stand in place you can't tell who's walking away
From who remains, who stays, who stays, who stays?

And there are no tears, just pity and fear
And the vast ravine right in between
'Cause there are no tears, just pity and fear
And I recall the pushed mind the fall, the pushed mind the fall




The Ice Is Getting Thinner

We're not the same, dear, as we used to be
The seasons have changed and so have we
There was little we could say and even less that we could do
To stop the ice from getting thinner under me and you

We buried our luck in the wintery grave
Alone then (?), the snow was all that remained
Though we stayed by its side as the days turned to weeks
And the ice kept getting thinner with every word that we'd speak

And when the spring arrived we were taken by surprise when the flows under our feet led into the sea
And nothing was left for you and me

We're not the same, dear, and it seems to me
There's nowhere we can go with nothing underneath
Then it saddens me to say what we both knew was true
That the ice was getting thinner under me and you
The ice was getting thinner under me and you