It's the tearing sound of love notes
Drowning out these gray stained windows
And the view outside is sterile
And I'm only two cubes down
I'll photocopy all the things that we could be
If you took the time to notice me
But you can't now
I don't blame you
And it's not your fault that no one ever does

But you don't work here anymore
It's just a vacant three by four
And they might fill your place
A temporary stand-in for your face
This happens all the time
And I can't help but think I'll die alone

So I'll spend my time with strangers
A condition and it's terminal
In this water cooler romance
And it's coming to a close
We could be in the park and dancing by a tree
Kicking over blades we see
Or a dark beach
With a black view
And pinpricks in the velvet catch our fall

But you don't work here anymore
It's just a vacant three by four
And they might fill your place
A temporary stand-in for your face
This happens all the time
And I can't help but think I'll die alone

I know you don't work here anymore, I know you don't work here anymore
I know you don't work here anymore, I know you don't work here anymore
I know you don't work here anymore (anymore), I know you don't work here anymore (anymore)

Sometimes I think I'll die alone, sometimes I think I'll die alone
Sometimes I think I'll die alone, live and breathe and die alone
Sometimes I think I'll die alone, sometimes I think I'll die alone
Sometimes I think I'll die alone, I think I'd love to die alone (just take...)
I think I'd love to die (me down)
I think I'd love to die (just take...)
I think I'd love to die (me down)

I think I'd love to die alone, I think I'd love to die alone
I think I'd love to die alone, I think I'd love to die alone
Live and breathe and die alone
I think I'd love to die alone, I think I'd love to die alone
I think I'd love to die alone


Lyrics submitted by MooWasHere, edited by SmashingDestiny

Cubicles song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is about someone working in an office, living a dismal life with a boring job. But they fancy someone who has an office cubical 2 cubes down from him. He really likes her and can't stop thinking about her. The only view the office building has is a grey stained window, so he spends his time trying to write love notes and trying to figure out a way to tell her that he likes her. He also fantasises being with her, and doesn't have many friends. He doesn't talk to his co-workers ('spend my time with strangers') and the character in the song sounds generally very lonely.

    One day the girl he has a crush on leaves and works somewhere else, leaving a 'vacant 3 by 4' office cubical. The main character gets depressed, and says how the bosses will just replace her with 'a temporary stand-in for [her] face'. He realises that with his lack of social skills and the woman of his dreams gone, he will hopelessly die alone.
    musson August 25, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis is unbeliveblay excellent are these a small band or wot but i dont care these are superb

    congrats small band

    long live my chemical romance
    greenday_boyon July 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i listen to this song, i can't help thinking of a book called '1984'... in this book, society is led by a party and the called "Big Brother", which controlled completely their lives and acts... sometimes people disappeared without a trace because the party found that they could represent a risk by being alive, and its like is said in the song...
    "But you don't work here anymore
    Its just a vacant 3 by 4
    And they might fill your place
    A temporary stand-in for your face

    It happens all the time
    And I can't help but think I'll die alone"
    and there are also other parts that are related... i dunno, but thats what i see...
    marydoryon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song yet. one of my favorite mcr songs. i have a few friends who are internet/web design guys who sit in cubes at big companies and theyre all about bringing home the paycheck and getting their little piece of "the american dream" just like everyone else. this song is all about being different, about not doing that with your life. the "i think id love to die alone" is a reference to just being different and doing what you want to do with your life instead of working for the man and being a carbon copy of everyone else in society. if fitting in means sitting in a cube, i for one want to "live and breathe and die alone" ...
    robgp83on March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commented on this song yet. one of my favorite mcr songs. i have a few friends who are internet/web design guys who sit in cubes at big companies and theyre all about bringing home the paycheck and getting their little piece of "the american dream" just like everyone else. this song is all about being different, about not doing that with your life. the "i think id love to die alone" is a reference to just being different and doing what you want to do with your life instead of working for the man and being a carbon copy of everyone else in society. if fitting in means sitting in a cube, i for one want to "live and breathe and die alone" ...
    robgp83on March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery insightful. nodded along the whole time i must say robqp83
    starry_eyedon March 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about obsession and rejection. he used cubicles as a metaphor to any situation where every day you see the same girl and fall in love with her. "It's the tearing sound of love-notes Casting out the gray stained windows " means that he writes love notes to her, but never has the nerve to give them to her, so he throws them out a window. basically the song is about loving someone who you see every day but doesn't even notice you exist.
    price1207on March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Thats all i got to say.
    dumpweed049on March 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot to compare the bands or anything, but I think this is sort of a modern-day version of Smokies "Living next door to Alice"
    Great song
    Geir_Bon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis just reminds me of dilbert or office space because it seems you could relate all of mcr's songs to movies and shows
    chodewickon June 05, 2003   Link

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