"Your Heart Is an Empty Room" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Burn it down 'til the embers smoke on the ground
And start new when your heart is an empty room
With walls of the deepest blue

Home's face
How it ages when you're away
And spring blooms and you find a love that's true
But you don't know what now to do
'Cause the chase is all you know and she stopped running months ago

And all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And out on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone

The flames and smoke climbed out of every window
And disappeared with everything that you held dear
But you shed not a single tear
For the things that you didn't need
'Cause you knew you were finally free

'Cause all you see is where else you could be when you're at home
And there on the street are so many possibilities to not be alone


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"Your Heart Is an Empty Room [DVD]" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentI think it's about a person (let's just say it's a girl for example) who can't really find her place in this world or in this time. It's about a person who is running all her life long because she's afraid to stay as long as someone can hurt her. She's like travelling around the world, or she desperately wants to. She might experienced really bad things somewhere along the way.
    The singer has a kind of deeper relationship with her, which is fatal, because she's afraid of letting someone really know her and she always wants freedom.

    "BURN IT DOWN
    UNTIL THE EMBERS SMOKE ON THE GROUND
    AND START NEW WHEN YOUR HEART IS AN EMPTY ROOM
    WITH WALLS OF THE DEEPEST BLUE"
    -> She "burns" every bridge she crosses and destroys all relationships created because she feels like she has to escape again. She does that everytime "her heart is an empty room" because new places/situations make her feel a little more alive again.

    "HOME'S FACE, HOW IT AGES WHEN YOU'RE AWAY
    THE SPRING BLOOMS
    THEN YOU FIND THE LOVE THAT'S TRUE
    BUT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT NOW TO DO
    BECAUSE THE CHASE IS ALL YOU KNOW"
    -> From time to time she comes back, and she realizes how things have changed again. She finds another person which inspires her, and secretely she's hoping this new person will make her want to rest. (PERSON = THE SINGER??) But she unlearned how to trust other people or how to be in a serious relation ship and all she knows is the chase for things that make her feel alive. She doesn't know what to do again.

    "AND ALL YOU SEE
    IS WHERE ELSE YOU COULD BE
    WHEN YOU'RE AT HOME
    AND OUT ON THE STREET
    ARE SO MANY POSSIBILITIES
    TO NOT BE ALONE"
    -> Again, all the time her eyes are seeking for the most authentic, most inspiring things in life so one day she will feel normal. She's always getting nervous when she's at home for to long. She thinks there are a hundred of things to see and experience. And she's running around in vibrant cities because it makes her feel less alone. She's really really lonely but thinks that's better than getting hurt somehow.

    "FLAMES AND SMOKE
    CLIMBED OUT OF EVERY WINDOW
    AND DISAPPEARED
    WITH EVERYTHING THAT YOU HELD DEAR
    BUT YOU SHED NOT A SINGLE TEAR
    FOR THE THING'S THAT YOU DIDN'T NEED
    BECAUSE YOU FINALLY KNOW YOU'RE FREE"
    -> And along her endless journey, the girl got... cold. She can't feel anything anymore and isn't able to shed a tear for the missed chance to love the Person (singer?). She's free in her way, but on the other hand she's trapped.




    parallaxeson May 01, 2011   Link

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