Broken yolk in western sky
My stomach turned, my mouth went dry
I knew I'd never known fear before
I pressed my palms into the seat
Took one last look at you next to me
I kicked open the sliding door
And I threw myself out on the road
Torn flesh and broken bones
And on the shoulder's patchy grass
I faded into your past

I know it was a cowardly thing to do
And that an explanation is not an excuse
I just want you to understand
That love is only a type of greed
Of equal portions, want and need
And you cannot divorce the two

And I could not sleep at all
With all the rumble strip close calls
In the gravel and scattered trash
I faded into your past

When you think twice
You arrive at the same conclusion
It's bad advice
Only if you use it

Broken yolk in western sky
My stomach turned, my mouth went dry

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    General CommentI believe (unless I'm giving Mr. Gibbard too much credit, which is doubtful because he's pretty much a genius) that the title of this song may also be "Broken Yolk in Western Sky." I think it's a double entendre, by way of a homophone: yoke and yolk.

    According to, a "yoke" is (among other things) "Something that connects or joins together; a bond or tie" obviously, a "broken yoke" meaning a failing relationship in this case.

    But the first time I heard this song, I thought of it as "Broken Yolk In Western Sky," yolk meaning the yellow part of an egg. The sun sets in the west, and I know I've seen at least ten sunsets that makes the sun look like it's actually broken yolk splattered in the western portion of the sky. And as it seems like they're driving (literally or metaphorically, who knows) he could be looking out the window and seeing this beautiful sunset in the west while knowing that he's about to cut ties with his girlfriend.

    It works both ways... ahh!

    This song is heartbreakingly beautiful and absolutely fantastic.
    musicforlife!on December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti thought this was just a ben gibbard solo song??
    infamykillsson November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it sounds like Ben is saying "and you cannot divorce a tomb" definately making me think that the torn flesh and broken bones are to be taken literally as in the fact that he threw himself out of a moving van to kill himself. A van because he kicked open a sliding door, and I don't think any other type of motor vehicle has sliding doors. I think the person whom killed theirself in the song couldn't stand being alive without the other person in their life, so they decided they'd rather be dead. Ben could also be saying "and I could not sleep alone" instead of at all after the part about you cannot divorce the two or possibly tomb. Just playing devil's advocate here. I think it's amazing that simply changing two words in a song can give an entirely different meaning.
    crazyfool11190on August 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhere can I find this song?

    It is not on Youtube and It doesnt show up when trying to download it.

    MarsMMon July 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat little folk song! Can't wait for Plans.
    learn2kneelon May 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis isnt on plans learn2kneel
    whyitsjustmeon August 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs this even a Death Cab song?
    lavender skyon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes its
    psychobainon August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wish they'd put this on an album already!
    Si_dufferson September 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhere can you hear this song please!!!?
    LJA90on March 16, 2006   Link

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