Will someone please call a surgeon
Who can crack my ribs
And repair this broken heart
That you're deserting for better company?
I can't accept that it's over
I will block the door
Like a goalie tending the net
In the third quarter of a tied-game of rivalry

So just say how to make it right
And I swear I'll do my best to comply

Tell me am I right to think
That there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride
And slowly growing old together?

I feel I must interject here
You're getting carried away
Feeling sorry for youself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember
I've made charts and graphs
That should finally make it clear
I've prepared a lecture on why I have to leave

So please back away and let me go

I can't, my darling, I love you so

Tell me am I right to think
That there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride
And slowly growing old together

Don't you feed me lines
About some idealistic future
Your heart won't heal right
If you keep tearing out the sutures

I admit that I have made mistakes
And I swear I'll never wrong you again

You've got allure, I can't deny
But you've had your chance so say goodbye
Say goodbye



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  • +3
    General Comment:I'm surprised no one has commented on this band yet...this is my person favorite postal service song. good song, really sad story.
    amoemoon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:i can really relate with this song. not to be another stupid teenager, but it kind of reminds me of the situation i had with my most recent boyfriend. we were really serious about one another but somehow it all went wrong. the line "your heart wont heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures" is like me, because its what i have been doing to myself constantly for the past 3 months.
    faithlessxcryingon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:i can't believe no one metioned the fact that this song is not autobiographical. it's based on the song "don't you want me" by the human league. so says the postal service website.

    you know it's great that everyone can relate to the lyrics of certain songs, adding their emo-trauma to the plot -- this is why people have favorite bands. but most of you are missing the point here. i think the title of the website is "songmeanings," not "songreviews," or "songsthatmakememoreindiethanyou," or even "songswhosepopularitywequestion." i think people come to this site looking for deconstruction of lyrics, in an attempt to further understand songs that they already like. it would be difficult to find music on here that you want to listen to based on lyrics alone. for a good example of what you are supposed to be doing here, see my statements made about "here i dreamt i was an architect," by the decemberists. THEN listen to the song.
    odhinn178on June 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Favorite postal service song. A guy saying "Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better then making you my bride and slowly growing old together" that just makes me melt.
    DeserveToBurnon June 22, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:This song is absolutely wonderful because it lets us know that girls aren't the only ones who can't get over relationships. I think it's really sweet how Ben paints us this movie-like scenario about a guy who will do anything to get his girl back but she knows it'll just end badly.
    Title_Trackon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:This song starts off with pretty standard emo imagery, "crack my ribs and repair this broken heart," from a broken hearted boy commited to a relationship to the bitter end and willing to do anything to save it. but it goes on in a way that i think is pretty original for emo lyricists - with the introduction of the female vocalist, "I feel I must interject here," we hear the motivations of the heartbreaker, the calculated, realistic, departing female speaking up in her own defense. I think this rarely seen point-of-view makes this song powerful. we can see the complications of romantic relationships, the conflicts that occur when one partner is seeing everything through rose-colored glasses and another is trying to map out issues of the heart as if they were math functions. it helps us to sympathize for the heartbroken lover who is attempting to do anything to hold on by combating cold, pessimistic discontent with heartfelt idealism. What does the dialogue do for you? Does it make you hate the girl for being so heartless? Does it make you think about how complicated love can be? Does it make you wanna say "get over it!" to the overly emotional broken-hearted? Please tell me what it makes you think...
    losrivason April 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:"Don't you feed me lines" is acutally
    "Don't you feed me your lies"
    Cespyon March 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Love the song. Love the lyrics.

    "Will someone please call a surgeon
    Who can crack my ribs
    And repair this broken heart
    That you're deserting for better company?
    I can't accept that it's over
    I will block the door
    Like a goalie tending the net
    In the third quarter of a tied-game of rivalry
    So just say how to make it right
    And I swear I'll do my best to comply"

    He feels heart broke now that shes left him for someone else. He finds value in the relationship that he refuses to give up on. He thinks theres still a chance because its a "tied-game." He's willing to do anything to get her back.

    "Tell me am I right to think
    That there could be nothing better
    Than making you my bride
    And slowly growing old together?"

    I think to safe to say he thinks he loves her and that they are meant to be together... soulmate.

    (my favorite part)
    "I feel I must interject here
    You're getting carried away
    Feeling sorry for youself
    With these revisions and gaps in history
    So let me help you remember
    I've made charts and graphs
    That should finally make it clear
    I've prepared a lecture on why I have to leave
    So please back away and let me go"

    (Like every story, there are two sides to the story and normally one side is always very skewed) She interrupts to remind him how much he has decontexutalized the situation. He's only fixated on the happy parts but she reminds him, with evidence "charts and graph"(very logical and scientific), to clear up the situation.

    This is why I love the song. We always get one side of the story and normally its from the sappy-heart broken fool that had no idea how unidealistic the relationship really was. He tries to justify the relationship with his feelings and love whereas she refers to exact examples and quantitative situations to remind him how the relationship was never ideal.

    "I can't, my darling, I love you so"

    (Some we operate in a society where love trumps all experiences and events)

    "Don't you feed me lines
    About some idealistic future
    Your heart won't heal right
    If you keep tearing out the sutures"

    Essentially, shes gotten over these false dreams hes feed her for a long time now. Shes done with the whole relationship (not necessarily him) and honestly tells him he needs to move on because he wont be able to do so running after her. Its a wound that hurts him but it needs to heal and his constant backtracking will only hurt him.

    "I admit that I have made mistakes
    And I swear I'll never wrong you again
    You've got a lure I can't deny
    But you've had your chance so say goodbye
    Say goodbye"

    He makes promises alluring to the fact that hes hurt her or possibly given her a reason to no longer trust him. She admits they have a connection, something that attracts her to him but shes moving on. Hurt her once, his fault. Hurt her twice, its her fault.
    encoreon March 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I hate to be "that guy", but to the person who couldn't figure out what sport had quarters AND a goalie: box lacrosse has 15-minute quarters, at least from my experience.
    Spongetasticon June 30, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation:it was bugging me that almost in everyone's interpretation they kept making her seem cold-hearted but it is not so! she doesn't want to leave to just leave, she is leaving for REASONS and it is so frustrating to her that he keeps guilt tripping her about the break up. They were both hurting in the relationship and she took initiative to end it because she knew he wouldn't do it! She wants to do the right thing for both of them. He simply refuses to see the problems they had and it's really frustrating to her emotionally/psychologically because sometimes he does bring doubt to her with all those "idealistic lines" he throws at her. He is fucking with her emotions/head on her intentions about wanting to break up! I say this from experience haha... and I went through EXACTLY what this song is about. The guy did/says everything that my ex would say to me when I tried to leave and it would really get to me emotionally/psychologically. Being blamed about a break up is not cool and him denying our problems in a way was like telling me it's all in my head and that I'm literally crazy for thinking we had issues. Ya'll don't even understand our point of view.... if anything the girl in this song KICKS ASS for being the bigger person and saving two lives and two hearts from getting into a deeper turmoil!

    blueberryhearton September 13, 2010   Link

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