Tiny Vessels Lyrics - Death Cab For Cutie

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This is the moment that you know
That you told her that you loved her but you don't.
You touch her skin and then you think
That she is beautiful but she don't mean a thing to me.
Yeah, she is beautiful but she don't mean a thing to me.

I spent two weeks in Silver lake
The California sun cascading down my face
There was a girl with light brown streaks,
And she was beautiful but she didn't mean a thing to me.
Yeah, she was beautiful but she didn't mean a thing to me.

I wanted to believe in all the words that I was speaking,
As we moved together in the dark
And all the friends that I was telling
All the playful misspellings
and every bite I gave you left a mark

Tiny vessels oozed into your neck
And formed the bruises
That you said you didn't want to fade
But they did, and so did I that day

All I see are dark Grey clouds
In the distance moving closer with every hour
So when you ask "Is something wrong?"
I think "You're damn right there is but we can't talk about it now.
No, we can't talk about it now."

So one last touch and then you'll go
And we'll pretend that it meant something so much more
But it was vile, and it was cheap
and you are beautiful but you don't mean a thing to me
yeah you are beautiful but you don't mean a thing to me (x2)

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getting to know what love actually is | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/12/13

Personally I feel this not "just" about a guy who feels sexually attracted to a girl but doesn't lover her, it goes deeper. Probably because I had the exact same situation and could really relate to the lyrics of this song at that point. To me, this is about a guy that starts a relationship with a girl. He 's not yet in love with her when they start dating but he believes he will be. He makes the mistake of saying that he loves her after a while because he doesn't want to hurt her and genuinely cares about her. Although he says he does say she doesn't mean a thing to him. Because that sentence is only true in regarding to actually loving her. Otherwise he wouldn't say he wanted to believe in all the words he was speaking. When he told her he loved her, he realized his mistake and everything after that just felt like one big lie he couldn't get out off. That's why she sees something is wrong but the lie made it so much more difficult to talk about it. In the end he realizes he has to end this because the lie is eating him alive. Therefore all he sees is dark grey clouds.

As for me, this is pretty much what happened, although the ending is completely off. When I didn't have the guts to tell her and breakup one night, I didn't see her for a week. In that week I realized that the problem was with me, not her and that she was actually perfect for me. In that week I didn't see her, everything changed and I started to actually fall in love with her. Now we are 5 years later and we are still very happy together, although I still live with the guild of the beginning of our relationship.

nadiaow | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/2/13

Typical teenage love, some never grow out of it, lingering on suicidal tendencies. It's a dual mind play, maybe one day they will both laugh about it if they understand their role and morph into a higher self.

I love it | Reviewer: KelseySean | 11/26/12

Amazing song. To me it was a fling that got serious by being impulsive.

The first verse I picture them in bed and he's looking at her, still tells her that he loves her in her ear, then the second verse was the memory he had of meeting her, and she had already fell for the guy, and obviously didnt want the love marks he left to fade, but they did and do did he. And like a typical guy, we dont want to talk about our feelings but stay distant(verse 5) and at the end its definitely good bye from there, and for her sake he'll pretend it meant so much more "we" because it did mean more to her, although she knew it didn't to him. Teenage Love.

Reviewer | Reviewer: Madamecitron | 2/18/12

I think he is sexually attracted to her and wants to love her but that goes when she has sex with him. He is disappointed that she's given all to him - he wanted her to hold back so he could think that she was worth it.

Tiny Vessels | Reviewer: Just A Girl | 1/1/12

I love this song. I can relate to it completely. I love songs that put your own feelings into words. I am a girl, but I see it from the guy's point of view. All of the girls commenting saying they hate how heartless guys are, they don't realize some girls are that way too. To me this song means that the guy dated the girl because she was beautiful and he was sexually attracted to her. He wanted to love her, but you can't force love. Even though she loved him he couldn't love her back because he just didn't feel anything for her and regrets leading her on. This is exactly how I feel with my current boyfriend. I dated him because I was attracted to him sexually. I think he is a great guy and all but I just don't love him. And the saddest part is that he loves me. Very much. I know I should tell him but I know it would break his heart to know that I don't love him.

hickeys are memories | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/25/11

this song used to go on repeat on my ipod. my current boyfriend and i had just broken up......i had hickeys on my neck and all i could do was stare and them and hate them because i could never make them last and i couldnt make his love for me last either. we ended up miserable without each other...so we are back together, but i cant help but think that he should have written that song to me.

Forever in Hate | Reviewer: Ashlee | 10/16/11

I think that this is the most poorly orchestrated Death Cab song written. There is no deep plot in this song, there is no beautifully written story. This is cheap. It's written about a guy who completely fucks over a girl, and tells her he loves her to fuck her. And, he left. He told her the world, to gain entrance, and he left. This is not deep, this is taboo. Worst song on the album, personally.

It's much deeper than that. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/1/11

Everything... about this... Death Cab might as well have been writing about me in the first place. But this goes much deeper than just "playing a girl." He definitely felt something about being with her. Pride? Consolation? It's about wanting something to be, even when it isn't there. The girl was only a bit more trusting. That was her fault.

I hear this song. And each time, it gets me.
Silver Lake.
Light brown streaks.

Love that we both know can't last... But it's a moment's thing.
That's all it is.

very different interpretation | Reviewer: Chris | 5/9/11

you guys are crazy thinking this song is about a guy playing out ONE girl. it's about several girls. and the songs is not so much about the girls as it is about this lifestyle he is living that he hates.

I think the part about 2 weeks in Silver Lake definately proves there's more than one girl. that was just a random girl. then the end, one last touch and then you'll go and we'll pretend (this one night stand) meant something so much more.

and i think the part, you're damn right there is, but we can't talk about it now. that girl isn't the problem, his lifestyle is the problem.

Pretense | Reviewer: Wonderous | 3/11/11

It's about a guy,
who sticks through with a girl for so long,
feedng her with lies, playing her.

He carried her up high,
only to let her down eventually.

She didn't mean a thing to him.

This song is sad really. I don't understand the need for a guy to hurt a girl. I really don understand why.

Who knows | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/9/11

This always makes me think about a guy I was with for not too long, only a 1 1/2 years or so. But it felt like forever for me. Or at least, I wanted it to be forever. Our relationship seemed perfect and everyone agreed. We told each other how much we loved each other and that we wanted to stay together as long as possible. I meant it, and I was very suprised when one evening he said I wasn't worth it, and left. We had been arguing some and we had our problems, but I always thought our love meant more. I wonder if he just said that stuff because of my physical traits. This song just makes me think of how dumb I was to believe all of the things he told me, but who knows. Maybe I just wasn't worth it.

regret? shame? disloyalty? all of the above. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/1/10

this song gets me every time. I'm going into the Marines this summer and i haven't told the love of my life yet because i know how she will react. I just want to spend this last seven months with her without knowing that our time together is coming to an end, i want it to be real. I want the passionate, charismatic, beautiful, smart, girl that I've known for 4 years. I don't want to upset her, i hate upsetting her. Is that so much to ask for? i know this is selfish and wrong. i should tell her, i have to tell her. but i don't know if i'll be able to handle seeing her cry. I love her so much, ive caused her far too much pain to deserve her love. I'm such a terrible boyfriend.

this song is so relatable. | Reviewer: anonymous | 8/26/10

i feel like i am the girl in this song.
i know guys find me attractive, but every single time i get close to one, i do stuff with them, and just end up getting hurt because they lie.
they say they love me.
but then after they're done with me physically
they tell me i'm not right for them.
makes me feel like something is really wrong with my personality.
because i get emotionally attached, when they obviously don't.
i just hate how cruel and heartless men are.

but in this song, i feel like he wishes he could love her, but he just can't. because they're not right for each other. she's beautiful, but love is more than beauty.

summer girls | Reviewer: Carolyn | 8/19/10

This perfectly echoes a brief relationship I had with a girl last summer. (Right down to the pride she felt over the bruises I left on her neck.)

We were friends and I went on vacation to visit her. Turned out she'd been crazy about me for ages. I didn't know what to say to her but "yes." Maybe it could work. She was beautiful.

But she was so, so wrong for me. And even as we kissed in every stairwell and even as I was amazed to feel her skin in the moonlight, I was choking on fear and anxiety every moment we were together. She kissed me on the subway and asked me over and over what was wrong and I couldn't tell her until two weeks later over the phone.

Growing up | Reviewer: dub | 7/22/10

I have been listening to this song for many many years... This is a song about darkness, and lowness. It is not pretty, it is not fun, it is raw. The themes are something I wished I could one day see, for the sake of being on the opposite of the most deepest depressions. Something that would get me to the lowest lows to find the highest highs... eh make me feel better for being me. I am older now, and wiser. I know realize that I never was, nor shall i ever become someone who is capable of this. Tiny Vessels is a very sad song, though its story is small and insignificant (anyone can relate) it is very true in each of our hearts. This is why you shouldnt sleep with him just because you think its right. Find trust, build compassion, and know love. Its a warning for boys and girls. Thats it im done

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