"Talking Like Turnstiles" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Sometimes, I talk like a turnstile
When I have had too much to drink
A tangled tongue like English ivy
Just like a film dubbed out of sync

The phone is ringing in the guest room
A muffled voice on the machine
It's either someone I don't want to talk to
Or someone selling what I don't need
As I'm waiting for you to come on home

Sometimes, I fall in fits of laughter
My bottle shatters on the floor
And you apologize profusely
For the drunkard on the lawn

I'll change, love, change
I'll change for you
Because even slurred words can contain some truth

I'll change, love, change
I'll change for you
When I am ready to


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    General CommentGreat song. The meanings pretty clear.

    sometimes, i fall in fits of laughter
    my bottle shatters on the floor
    and you apologize profusely
    for the drunkard on the lawn

    I just picture a drunk Ben Gibbard screaming on some poor girls lawn. And her apologizing to all the people passing by. Funny.
    Phoenix7589on December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is just.. i don't even know. it's perfect.
    cinemaairon January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It's my favoite! I don't know where it was originally from but its on my "Plans" Vinyl, and it sounds amazing on the vinyl!
    cjvercettion April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTALKING LIKE TURNSTILES>>>>>>TALKING LIKE TURNSTILES....Watch "Directions" and be Enlightened.
    PLAY IT AGAIN>>>>PLAY IT AGAIN......Go Death Cab
    nickthunder131on June 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthow can no one comment this?
    i love it.
    deathcabisloveon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about ben giving up his alcohol addiction for the girl he loves, but obviously the stubborn boy is going to do it when he feels "ready to"
    sonofagunon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Ben Gibbard wondering whether he's ready to settle down with a girl for the rest of his life, as evidenced by "I'll change, love, change/I'll change for you/when I'm ready to." And the slurred words in "even slurred words contain some truth" are probably "I love you" and he's wondering if those words do indeed contain truth and he's ready to stick with the girl in question.
    HimayEatWorldon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"i'll change, love, change
    i'll change for you
    when i am ready to"

    Wonderful.
    ChicSquaredon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this on 'directions'

    amazing song.
    singitaloudxon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this is one of the better death cab songs. cannot believe it is not on plans. 'even slurred words can contain some truth'. i love this so much.
    johannsenon November 22, 2007   Link

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