Death Cab For Cutie: Soul Meets Body Meaning
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Song Released: 2005
Soul Meets Body Lyrics
And let the sun wrap its arms around me and
Bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
Feel what it's like to be new
'Cause in my head there's a Greyhound station
Where I send my thoughts to...
anonymous Jun 25th, 2018 6:07pm report
I've read and heard that this song is about the love a man has for a woman, and that if she dies, he wishes to die as well. I disagree. To me his lyrics "if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too" speaks to me as if his love goes quiet (in a calm state) then he hopes he can reach that state of serenity too. People struggle with reaching a calm place / relaxed /free of obtrusive negative thoughts, real hard to stay in the here and now, but when we reach this place of peaceful calm, we hope our loved ones can reach it as well.
"I cannot guess what we'll discover when we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels..". To mean I take that as meaning when we are young, feeling carefree and playing outdoors in the dirt, digging up and enjoying nature, this can be blissful. (Of course this is before electronics and social media dominated our lives).
This song shouts of deep unconditional love.
anonymous Jun 4th, 2017 6:38am report
This song has a lot of very important parts to interpret. Firstly, "I want to live where soul meets body." Judging by the lines following "and let the sun rap its arms around me
and bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing
Feel what it's like to be new ," living where soul meets body is living where the perfect mix between internal and external happiness, that we as humans strive for until the day we die, is located. For the singer, living where soul meets body is living in perfect serenity with the love of his life.
Skipping to the next section:
"'Cause in my head there's a Greyhound station (train station)
Where I send my thoughts to far off destinations
So they may have a chance of finding a place where they're
Far more suited than here"
This could have a multitude of meanings. It could be that the person he loves does not love him the same way, and that he doesn't feel that his thoughts are validated. It could be totally different, where perhaps he knows that wanting to disappear with his love his wrong because he would disappear as well, but he needs her. This part is open to interpretation more then any part of the song.
"I cannot guess what we'll discover
When we turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another's
And not one speck will remain"
This part is clearly talking about death. Turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels is to be put at peace, almost like he's claiming ownership with his love, choosing to be a peace, which leads to the chorus.
"I do believe it's true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
But if the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too"
This is a man declaring his love, stating simply that "we both have time, but if you die, if you move on to the next life... then I won't want to live" He wishes to follow his love into the dark (another Death Cab song).
"So brown eyes I'll hold you near
'Cause you're the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere"
This is a beautiful statement. He is saying that his love for this person is all he has ever had, all he has, and all he will ever have. She is the best part of him. The only part of him that could possibly matter in a world where some thoughts and feelings just don't make sense. She is not only a melody to him, she is the melody. If they are not together, then they are nothing. If the silence takes her... then he will make the silence take him too.
anonymous Oct 11th, 2015 10:10pm report
More upbeat than most of their songs, this song is (once again)a love song and she is the only person he wants to be with and if she leaves he wants to leave to (the line 'and if the silence takes you then I hope it takes me too' leads me to believe this
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