"Little Bribes" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
The Eiffel tower built to smaller scale
The freshest oxygen I'd ever inhale
I tapped a bottle against a safety rail, killing time

And you were like a walking compliment
Tall in stature and exceptionally read
In dummy glasses and a cardigan
Oh, come on

And oh so empty were the faces of the dealers and the waitresses around

You said that all these things you've learned to ignore
The hidden cameras on the casino floor
And what gets paid for behind hotel doors
Oh, come on

You pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello
The people stare into their eyes and they feed them little bribes and then they go

The never-ending twilight
In a basement where the sun has never split
You said that you were lonely
And then we kissed like lonely people do

You said the city has a beating heart
That pushes people down the boulevard
And they're all hoping for a wish fulfilled
In a desert for a dollar bill
Those foolish dreams, you know they plague me still
Oh, come on

And oh so empty were the faces
Of the dealers and the waitresses around [X2]

They're empty


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"Little Bribes [Version]" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentSo basically, this song seems to indicate that casinos are sucky places of empty dreams, and in the song two people who don't really belong there meet.

    This video to the song rocks my face off: vimeo.com/…
    heydudes!on May 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this one. The whole EP is really good!
    jimmyjamesp7on April 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBest Song On The Open Door!!! Im waiting for people to start making music videos with this to Las Vegas (The TV show). LUV THIS SONG!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE Death Cab For Cutie Next Month At The Hard Rock!
    brandonsuicideon April 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCorrection: I think is supposed to be "Tall in stature and exceptionally red"

    I love this song, it's like "Why You'd Want to Live Here" done Las Vegas-style. Ben's metaphors are genius as always: "Pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello." Plus it's catchy as hell :)
    Rock0n321on April 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentKinda interesting. The song was originally Casino Blues, but i guess he changed the song name when he released the ep. but yea its similiar to why you would want to live here
    teamkantneron April 10, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song.
    cecebeeon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Tall in stature and exceptionally read
    In dummy glasses and a cardigan"

    ummm, my dream guy??
    cawoodstockon May 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEasily my favorite song on the EP, and one of my favorite Death Cab songs.
    starcarlyon May 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello"
    definitely my favorite line!
    I love the whole EP.. it really expresses how he feels inside
    lara11on July 17, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwait, i just pasted the wrong post!

    it's not about a hooker, it's just about two people who have no business hooking up doing it anyway, which again, everyone who lives/works in vegas has seen 1,000 or more times. the "empty" part still fits--screwing someone in las vegas because you're lonely is not much of a solution to any of life's problems...
    LA_Rounderon August 29, 2009   Link

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