"Your Heart Is an Empty Room" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Burn it down 'til the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home's face
How it ages when you're away
And spring blooms and you find a love that's true
But you don't know what now to do
'Cause the chase is all you know and she stopped running months ago

And all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear
For the things that you didn't need
'Cause you knew you were finally free

'Cause all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And there on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone


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"Your Heart Is an Empty Room [DVD]" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentI kind of disagree with everyone so far, although there are a lot of good arguments. Here's my take.
    The lyrics for the end of the first verse are wrong, they should be:
    Home's face: how it ages when you're away
    Spring blooms and you find the love that's true
    But you don't know what now to do
    Cause the chase is all you know
    And she stopped running months ago
    To me, this is about a relationship the narrator is in and is tired of. The first line suggests they're no longer attracted to them; home's face being that of his girlfriend, which has (metaphorically) aged. The initial excitement has worn off; "she stopped running months ago." Basically, he feels trapped because, as line 2 suggests, he at least thought it was true love, but now feels nothing.
    This now fits in a lot better with the burning house metaphor. The first line of the song implies that the narrator set his own house on fire. The second verse expands this idea; he's both literally burning his house down to escape the draw of material possesions, and metaphorically burning down this relationship, "everything that you hold dear". In both cases he "shed not a single tear" because he's now "finally free" from the enabling comfort of a stable relationship and material wealth.
    The chorus is what ties the two together; when he's at home, with his girlfriend, all he can think about is that he'd rather be somewhere else, with someone else, but is kept there by the stability they provide.
    So the overall message with this interpretation is the opposite of what pretty much everyone else here has said...i think it says to go out and meet random people, rather than get stuck in a stable relationship.
    ianjon March 03, 2006   Link

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