Sitting on a carousel ride without any music or light. everything was closed at
Conney Island, and I could not help from smiling.
I can hear the atlantic echo back roller coaster screams from summers past.
And everything was closed at coney island, and I could not help from smiling.
Brooklyn will fill in the beach eventually and everyone will go except me.


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Coney Island Lyrics as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    this song i think has little to do with coney island.

    this song is about being stuck in a place you loved but nobody else is there with you. The thought of the place makes you "smile" but "everything is closed". You remain in the past in an enjoyable point of your life but everybody else has moved on and you will never leave.

    lovemakeluston December 24, 2006   Link
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    i think its a song against modernization..he can still enjoy the atlantic and the breeze without all the lights and attractions of the modern world...he doesnt need them to be happy

    tommyboyon July 16, 2007   Link
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    um...these lyrics are incomplete. nonetheless, my favorite death cab song. very peaceful. lyrics are pretty straightforward and paint a great mental picture.

    goodbyeskyharboron May 13, 2002   Link
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    i agree with the above, this song makes me want to go back to brooklyn..

    kris xxxon June 11, 2002   Link
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    This song is so amazing and I just discovered this band. What other cd do recomend by Death Cab For Cutie?

    Fallsemesteron June 15, 2002   Link
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    this song is pretty cool. its great how the song is written about something original like coney island. which was an amusement park island that got shut down cause it was too dangerous i think. just in case you didnt know.

    Action and Actionon July 04, 2002   Link
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    true to all of the above^ this song is so soothing and ironic...he's singing about broken down rides and how perfect it all was...life is what you make it i suppose.

    is_sad_ison March 03, 2003   Link
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    when ben gibbard sings the line, "everything was closed on coney island,..." i can picture him smiling. because he and i both know this is a damn good song.

    rufio212on March 03, 2003   Link
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    ahh, i love this song and so does everyone who isnt insane!

    slinkstersarson March 16, 2003   Link
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    well, coney island isn't exactly shut down... it might be run down and maybe two rides have been closed for many years because of hazards, but you can still go to coney island as you wish. great song none the less. makes me very homesick. great job in capturing the serene, tranquil atmosphere of the beach. to me it's a song about home.

    boomerstyleon April 09, 2003   Link

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