"Blacking Out the Friction" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
I don't mind the weather
I've got scarves and caps and sweaters
I've got long johns under slacks for blustery days.

I think that it's brainless to assume that making changes to your window's view
Will give a new perspective.

And the hardest part is yet to come

I don't mind restrictions or if you're blacking out the friction
It's just an escape (it's overrated anyways)

The hardest part is yet to come
When you will cross the country alone.


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"Blacking Out the Friction" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commenti think this song is about putting up with your problems instead of running away from them.. "i don't mind the weather, i've got scarves and caps and sweaters, i've got long johns under slacks for blustery days." is basically saying that its tough, but he's prepared.

    "i think that it's brainless to assume that making changes to your window's view will give a new perspective." is about how there's no point running away, as the problems are still there.

    "blacking out the friction" would be referring to ignoring the problems.

    seems to make sense to me.
    pot_noodleon June 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgeez.. i know the words to this song so well but ive only heard it once... great song.. love the music alot! hmmm this was the song of the day on the 12/4!!
    undoneon April 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLove This Song! Took My Breth away when they played it live, truly amazing.
    MyLastDayson September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song, possibly, is about the hardships of life, and "blacking" them out...the weather could be simbolism for it,....and scarves, caps, even sweaters, could be defense mechanisms...or the support of friends, helping him get through the day. But these defenses are pointless--it's brainless to decorate your window and assume it makes your perspective different. Once you realize this, you know "the hardest part is yet to come."
    GeeMoon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's a relationship that is faked...like, they're not really showing their real selves...it makes me think of my college move thats coming up, and how i wanted to be with someone that i thought i loved up until i left, even if it meant putting up with things that i wouldn't like...its a beautiful song.
    JennyMayKayon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs ever. The music is great, and the lyrics are awesome, thus creating the perfect song. "I think that's brainless to assume that making changes/to a window's view will give a new perspective."
    knowthyselfon April 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah this song reminds me of when I moved to college too. Especially the lines "I think that it's brainless to assume that making changes to your windows view will give a new perspective." He is absolutely correct when he says that.
    taylor8285on April 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti really like it.. "I think that it's brainless to assume that making changes to your windows view will give a new perspective."
    lonely_liveron October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen they played this song live when I saw them, they played an altered version that started with Ben on the piano and Chris' guitar playing softly, then a after a while the guitars picked up like normal until after the final verse, when they continued into an all-new verse with the drumbs banging in the background and the guitars sounding like chimes. It was so beautiful, and the verse was amazing. It dealt with long distances and phone calls and was about love, to maybe shed more meaning onto this song. I wish they would record that version, it's seriously one of my favorite Death Cab songs. Maybe my favorite.
    gun left behindon October 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentProbably one of my favorite Death Cab songs. I am obsessed.
    fireplaceon October 24, 2004   Link

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