"Title Track" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Left uninspired by the crust of railroad earth;
It touched the land to the pages of your manuscript.
I took my thumb off the concrete and saved up my strength
To hammer pillars for a picket fence.
It wasn't quite what it seemed,
A lack of pleasantries.
My able body isn't what it used to be.
I must admit I was charmed by your advances,
Your advantage left me helplessly into you.

Talking how the group had begun to splinter,
And I can taste your lipstick on the filter.

I tried my best to keep my distance from your dress,
But call-response overturns convictions every time.
My memory cannot recall (a wave of alcohol),
We shared a cigarette and shaved the hours off.

Talking how the group had begun to splinter,
And I can taste your lipstick on the filter.

Lushing with the hallway congregation,
My best judgment signed its resignation.

I rushed this.
We moved too fast,
Trips into the guest room.
I rushed this.
We moved too fast,
Trips into the guest room.

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"Title Track" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is about a one night stand. The most confusing part is the first verse; it's clear that the woman Gibbard is talking to at a party is a charming writer (she has a manuscript). I think the "crust of railroad earth" he's talking about is a pencil. After all, a pencils and railroad ties are both made of wood. Perhaps he's left uninspired because he disagrees with the edits made to the manuscript. (Though, if that's the case, one wonders why the pencil is what left him uninspired.) Or maybe it's because he doesn't understand them. (Her "advantage" would seem to be that she's more intelligent than he is.)

    I imagine Gibbard sitting, leaning back on his hands on a deck or driveway (something concrete) before sitting up to talk to this girl. The part about hammering pillars is either a sexual reference, or else he's planning way into the future when they're married. ('White picket fences' are one understanding of the American Dream.)

    Talk turns to the fact that all the couples at the party seem to have gone off to make out. They're smoking a cigarette. (You're right, fraeulein, that's a GREAT line. :-)

    He's still trying to fight the urge, but it's a losing battle. I take "call-response"
    to mean the answer to a call; she's receptive/interested in him too, so he's throwing caution to the wind.

    Did he mention that they're drunk?

    Now comes what I think is my favorite Death Cab lyric: "my best judgement signed its resignation." He decides to go for it, even though he knows it won't last beyond that evening.

    They don't get married. The song ends with Gibbard kicking himself for rushing things. Who knows if things could have progressed had they held off; he makes it sound like she was out of his league anyway.

    This is my second favorite song on "We Have the Facts..." after "Company Calls Epilogue"! So good.
    toadtwson August 16, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentthis is my favorite song on the cd. i love the line "i could taste your lipstick on your filter"....very sexy.
    fraeuleinon July 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my interpretation, but I could be way off...

    I kinda think this song is about old highschool friends (this is where the reference about the group splintering comes in) coming together after having been in college for awhile... he is reading her manuscript to catch up on what she has been doing in school. her "advantage" is that he's always been in love with her, and now as he watches her she's so smart and he realizes they are both growing up.

    all the talk about picket fences, maybe he has always been in love with this girl and since he's maintained a close friendship with her he's hoping that maybe they could fall in love and one day end up married. but then they have a drunken hookup one night that ruins everything and makes things weird between them...
    stopdroprollon March 01, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song doesn't relate to me at all.
    But when I listen to it... it feels like it was written for me.

    The last bit almost brings tears to my eyes.

    'I rushed this
    we moved too fast
    tripped into
    the guestroom' <3
    riseariseon March 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I rushed this...we moved too fast and tripped into the guestroom."

    That part of the song gets stuck in my head SO MUCH. I wanna marry this band.
    strykerchickon June 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcellent analysis toadtws....I could not get anything out of that first verse--but I'm curious. I've heard many rumors that We Have The Facts is a concept album--does this relate the girl in Title track to all other relationships, or is this album just relationships gone wrong? Thoughts?
    Eli_Cashon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree.. excellent analysis toadtws.. however, everyone make note that this song cannot be taken out of context of the whole album.. each song on "we have the facts..." is just one piece of the whole narative that is this album.. it's a freakin literary masterpiece.. this album still gives me the chills.. beautiful.
    abacusdreamson October 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song... i must have listened to it 300 times before i sat down to try and piece the lyrics and emotions together. whether i ever get them or not, i love this song so much, it never stops playing.
    is_sad_ison March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a damn great song, it is...
    thisboyistocotronicon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is the perfect way to start a cd off. I love the way the recording is all distant and then for the second verse it gets all clear and amplified. I wonder why? Eli, my friend, i believe this album is concept album as well. Toadtws- nice one.
    Cheesepickleon April 11, 2003   Link

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