"Different Names for the Same Thing" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Alone on a train aimless in wander
An outdated map crumpled in my pocket
But I didn't care where I was going
'Cause they're all different names for the same place

The coast disappeared when the sea drowned the sun
I knew no words to share it with anyone
The boundaries of language I quietly cursed
And all the different names for the same thing

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"Different Names for the Same Thing [DVD]" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commenti think the line about cursing the boundaries of language is amazing. i don't think it is just about what it would be like to be in a foreign country, it's about the boundaries of language even between people who speak the same language, because of the fact that everyone can perceieve things so differently and we can never be sure of whether others are perceiving things in the same way as we are.
    AnnaRichardsonon June 02, 2008   Link
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    MemoryAfter college, I moved to New York City from the Midwest during my 20-something existential crisis. It might not have been the best time, but as everyone told me, "now's the time to do it." With this song on my iPod, I found myself navigating a strange new world. It resounded with me completely, and I am thankful that someone wrote it. I moved home because the moment had been quite overwhelming. Subsequently, this song sadly became one of a select few that I could not play for a long time. Now that I am a little older, I am getting ready to move abroad. I suspect this song will sneak into my life again. However, with another listen from an older man, I believe I hear a tone of joy that sneaked past me before.
    TheComebackon January 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe beauty of a good song is in it's ability to relate and transcend. If you're saying "man I've been there" that's a pretty good indication. As in any song, there are so many possible interpretations. It doesn't matter if Gibbard wrote it about a specific event or concept. For me this song is about running. Running away from pain. Just trying to get away from it, nobody can understand what you are going through, there are no words. All different names for the same thing are destinations. What they all have in common is they are is far away from "here" as possible. To me the music itself is the genius of this song. I love how it takes us on this same journey. It starts slow in the doldrums, and it begins to pick up speed. The music layers upon itself, like ideas and noise building in your head when you are in this place of pain. It continues building to a nice crescendo around the 4:00 mark in an almost cathartic release. This is my favorite track on plans.
    mefurbishon February 20, 2012   Link
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    General Commentapparently this is gibbard's favourite song on the new ablum, and he says "it's a song about traveling by yourself in a foreign country and the frustration of being isolated by language, even when you're surrounded by people."
    massaaron August 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIncredible song. I'll be buying Plans for this song alone.

    Spencemj, you are a troglodyte.
    ghotistixon August 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is AMAZING , definitely not the best song Death Cab's ever came up with BUT still pretty awesome . For me , this song really reminds me of people who feel so isolated to the whole world to the point that they even feel like the people around them speak in a different language because they hardly understand each other . Sort of like a Martian lost in Planet Earth . LOL . And oh , I'm seventeen - I've been listening to DCFC since I was like fifteen and loving it :)
    jycnnzn09on March 13, 2010   Link
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    MemoryThis song ruined me when I was living overseas for a year.

    "And I knew no words to share it with anyone..." There is no loneliness like the kind created by the language barrier.
    crystalynn84on March 30, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe frustration of the imaginary boundaries that we place in an attempt to make things orderly but in doing so, only restrict access to the human right that is planet earth.

    "An outdated map crumpled in my pocket" I think this lyric is often overlooked. "Outdated" as is there is a new version meaning the contents of it have changed.

    The different places of the earth have so many different names but they really are all just different names for the same place.
    BonnieTon February 13, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe language isn't above the level of a 7 year old? So the fuck what,, there are different names for the same things.

    The last 2 minutes are great
    igotserv3don August 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdude, the beauty is in the simplicity. starting out simple allows for a build up and a huge apex, and a nice wind-down. which we have here. it's musically different than the rest of the album too, which is nice.
    massaaron August 16, 2005   Link

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