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Death Cab For Cutie: Grapevine Fires Meaning

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Song Released: 2009


Grapevine Fires Lyrics

When the wind picked up, the fire spread
And the grapevine seemed left for dead
And the northern sky looked like the end of days
The end of days

And a wake-up call to a rented room
Sounded like an alarm of impending doom
To warn us it's...

  1. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2014 report

    If you watch a 2011 interview with Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer, Gibbard actually talks about what he wrote this song about. It was actually a picture painted from a memory of a time he visited a graveyard in Los Angeles.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 8th 2013 report

    This song is probably about a man and his lover (We), and well as one of his friend's daughters. The story starts with him feeling "impending doom" or a foreshadowing that things aren't going to go his way. He then continues by picking up his friend's daughter, and going to a graveyard. This is probably do to him seeing the rising smoke, which is a result of a brushfire. As the smoke starts getting thicker, he eventually comes to the terms of acceptance towards everything burning away. This might also be a parallel to all his work/hopes getting destroyed/ruined. We can see this through how the man doesn't seem to be that well off (Ex: "paper cups," "rented room")


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