Death Cab For Cutie - Tiny Vessels (Demo) Lyrics

It’s in 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 Silverlake,
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.
No 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 I left a mark.

When 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.

And all I see are dark grey clouds
In the distance moving closer with every hour.
So when you’d ask "is something wrong?"
I’d 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.
Yeah, 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.
Yeah, you are beautiful but you don’t mean a thing to me.

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Death Cab For Cutie Tiny Vessels (Demo) Comments
  1. Karl Myers

    I’ve been both people in this song. I have to admit that I wanted to love someone this song reminds me of. They were the most beautiful person to have ever drawn a breath into their lungs. I couldn’t love them because I still loved someone else that hurt me. Everything about the woman was intense and wonderful. The things that could have been if I wasn’t so broken at the time. I washed her hair, her back, legs and feet, almost worshiping her. Every time I kneeled at her alter, I felt empty and unworthy of her affection. I eventually plead to her to fix me and my broken soul and she tried. Broken people break people. I was and in some ways are still too far gone. I miss her. I will always wonder where we would be if I were capable of letting her have the best of me. I only now realize I had a love for her. It wasn’t a romantic love like I wanted, but a love as a healer, because she held me as I shattered. I love her as a protector, because she shielded me from myself. I love her as a savior, because she saved me from me in bad times. I have become better now, but refrain from her, because I don’t deserve to try again. I wish I had done everything with her.

    Kyle Severe

    Wow man this is truly heartbreaking and kind of makes sense in my head and life too

  2. Hodd Toward

    2:26 still hurts my soul to this day holy shit

  3. Professor Chomsky

    Absolutely brilliant, far better than the album version x

  4. Mrz Deadpool

    This song man!!!😩😩

  5. Aditya mishra

    I can't put into words how much i love this album and this band...

  6. yoga alvarez

    me pone bastante triste esta canción u.u pero igual es muy buena

  7. Icegirl17 Snow

    this sounds like it should be on the 13 reasons why soundtrack

  8. Sean_033

    thank you for posting this. such a great song! I'm amazed how such emotions can be put so beautifully into verse.

  9. Bill V

    The rawness of this version hits home with the realised sadness of not having love. Superb, much preferred to the studio version from this seat. In fact much of the demo disc of the 10th anniversary release of this album transcends the studio.

  10. c'est la vegan

    I'm amazed at all the love out there for this demo version. I'm definitely a fan of the more polished version from the record, however, it's so neat to hear the original idea. I think these demos give great insight into how this band used to function; singer-songwriter (Gibbard) wrote "skeleton" songs, and then the boys added more instrumentation.

  11. Gabriel Cote

    Why so much under rated ?I dont understand why pop music is over this ...This kind of music give me hope that there is still good music ! :)

  12. Alex Wolfson

    This instrumental is beautifully heartbreaking. As relationships mostly are when theyre over. The clean and simple guitar gives more of the intended emotion than the original. It leaves you feeling broken hearted but in the most sincerely intended way

  13. John Doe

    This is more suited to my tastes.

  14. attn harvey

    All of the death cab demos that they released with transatlanticism's 10 year anniversary are so good. This song especially though, something about this version makes it seem more raw, and the lyrics more powerful. Same lyrics, different sound. Love it.

  15. Sunfang

    I love both versions so, so much. The released track gives a sense of buildup, a storm brewing and breaking, while the demo sounds like the aftermath, gazing at the wreckage, like someone looking back and reflecting on the past.


    Holy! That is the best description ever

    Francisco Jimenez De la Fuente

    +Sunfang TOTALLY agree !!!

  16. Fariass00

    My problem with this song always was about the instrumental part, though I loved the lyrics. That distorced guitar (with the distorced vocals) seemed odd to me. I find this demo so much better.


    I completely agree


    Well I like both versions in their own way, but I see what they were going for with the distorted guitair.
    The album version is like the journey through the relationship and the demo is like gazing at the wreckage.

    I believe the distorted part represents the narrator having passion for the subject of the song but ultimately it fades and all he's left with is shame and doubt.

  17. Paloma Galindoo

    I love this version so much, I was mad that this isn't on iTunes, seriously I can't find it on iTunes! 😔

  18. Megan Hurtig

    tabs please!!!

  19. Vineet Aziz

    Oh my god.
    Please... I don't know if I can like Death Cab anymore.

    Vineet Aziz

    lol my bad, I meant 
    "I don't know if I can like Death Cab *any more*."

    as in, my feelings for this band are currently surpassing all know measurements of love and music-listener relations.

    Eamon Doyle

    @Vineet Aziz What a difference a space can make.

  20. Jeff Ruffatto

    First lines are  "It's in the moment..." whereas the recorded version says "This is the moment...".  I thought that was kind of cool.

  21. David Zavala Macias

    I love you!

  22. Graham Blackaby

    Thanks so much for posting this! These demo versions have been awesome.