"Your New Twin Sized Bed" as written by Benjamin Gibbard and Nicholas Harmer....
You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed
With a single pillow underneath your single head
I guess you decided that that old queen was more space than you would need
Now it's in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says it's free

And I hope you have more luck with this than me

You used to think that someone would come along
And lay beside you in a space that they belong
But the other side of the mattress and box springs stayed like new
What's the point of holding onto what never gets used?

Other than a sick desire for self-abuse

And I try not to worry, but you've got me terrified
It's like your some kind of hurry to say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye

You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed
You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed


Lyrics submitted by TDDx8, edited by knoxie13

"Your New Twin Sized Bed" as written by Nicholas Harmer Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentI feel this song is about a person who has given up on themselves and has given up on love... I can relate to this song because I was in love with this guy and he just decided to give up, give up on school, himself and us....



    "You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed"

    This person is sad/ depressed and lying there in there new twin sized bed.... They have given up on finding someone...


    "With a single pillow underneath your single head"

    They have given up on finding someone to be with and now only reserve space on there bed for themselves... (btw in feng shui they say if you would like to find the right person to be with you have to make room for them i.e. make space for this person on your bed, clear out a drawer for this person)...

    "I guess you decided that that old queen was more space than you would need
    Now it's in the alley behind your apartment with a sign that says it's free"

    They have given up on love, and think they will never find someone to be with. So they give up and throw the mattress away...

    "And I hope you have more luck with this than me"

    I think this line signifies that Ben still cares for this person, but he is trying to get over the breakup and knows they'll never be together again...

    "You used to think that someone would come along
    And lay beside you in a space that they belong"

    They had hope in finding love, but the hope of finding love had diminished...

    "But the other side of the mattress and box springs stayed like new
    What's the point of holding on to what never gets used?"

    They have given up on the relationship and realize they'll never find someone again.


    "Other than a sick desire for self-abuse"

    The answer to "what's the point of holding on to what never gets used?". They don't want to go through the pain of loneliness, self abuse, so they give up and throw the mattress out, knowing they'll never find someone...

    "And I try not to worry, but you've got me terrified
    It's like your some kind of hurry
    To say goodbye, say goodbye, say goodbye"

    These lines have me confused. I think it's a memory of their ending relationship. He notices this person is planning to leave them soon, he tries not to worry, but he is scarred of their relationship ending...

    "You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed
    You look so defeated lying there in your new twin size bed"

    This person is sad, defeated, and has given up on love....




    Well there is my take on one of the best songs off of their new album!! :) Not that there album isn't amazing!! :) lol
    alex_rocks101on May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think this one is too complicated. It's about somebody who always expected to have somebody else with them in their "bed". I doubt it's literal, but that's irrelevant anyway. This person simply realizes that they have been having false hopes about having somebody, and are depressed or possibly slightly accepting of the fact that they are to remain alone as they have all these years or that they are giving up trying to find somebody to share their bed with, so they are getting rid of the unneeded space.

    Just my take.

    -Brian
    SpiralOfOurDivon April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm liking their new songs, however DCFC's lyrics seem to becoming more basic and simple than previous albums.
    chelseazon April 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"other than a sick desire for self-abuse" completes the song. without that lyric, it's not so good.
    ChloethePirateon May 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDid you ever notice how single guys own twin beds and single girls own doubles? It's like they're expecting something to happen, where as guys are expecting to just get up and go to work the next morning.

    The pity is the same, however. The expectations of love are rarely met. Another song about growing older and not finding that special someone, despite all intentions.

    I guess it doesn't work that way.

    Sigh...
    davidecoyoteon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics in this song are fairly straightforward but I think this simplicity works in its favour. The simple nature of the song makes the message more devastating. There are no complicated lines or elaborate imagery; it's just delivered in a matter-of-fact way, as if somebody is telling the singer the harsh truth directly and there's no other way to interpret that painful fact. As a result, it's one of the most bittersweet and sad songs I've ever heard.

    Without doubt it's one of my favourite DCFC songs.
    CobbTon June 08, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely a much darker record. And chelseaz, I agree with you about Ben Gibbard downliving his lyric writing reputation, I was kindof disappointed... but there are a few songs yet to be leaked and I think this song is great. It captures the defeat of being alone so perfectly: "With a single pillow underneath your single head." And lines like "What's the point of holding onto what never gets used?" are a bit of a stab in the back... life sucks, thanks death cab.
    tessdon April 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBen has said he wanted his lyrics to be more literal. I personally love the new lyrics.
    TDDx8on April 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTessd, the only song we haven't heard is "You Can Do Better Than Me", which includes a great line about clothes in closets. ^_^

    Anyway, these lyrics don't strike me as much different at all. You've still got the great descriptions. This song is a little more bare-bones, though, I'll give you that.

    Also, good goodness, there are mistakes on these lyrics too! Was the uploader just racing to be the first one on?
    Nimbyon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNimby, what mistakes? I transcribed these from a live recording, so they might have been slightly different from the album version, but I've corrected them. I'm still not 100% on the line "Other than to sit and desire for something new." But otherwise, they are correct.
    TDDx8on May 02, 2008   Link

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