Song: “The Ice is Getting Thinner”
Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Album: Narrow Stairs (2008)
Lyrics taken from genius.com
We’re not the same, dear, as we used to be
The seasons have changed and so have we
There was little we could say, and even less that we could do
To stop the ice from getting thinner under me and you
We buried our love in the wintry grave
A lump in the snow was all that remained
Though we stayed by its side as the days turned to weeks
And the ice kept getting thinner with every word that we’d speak
And when the spring arrived, we were taken by surprise
When the floes under our feet bled into the sea
And nothing was left for you and me
We’re not the same, dear, and it seems to me
There’s nowhere we can go with nothing underneath
And it saddens me to say what we both knew was true
That the ice was getting thinner under me and you
The ice was getting thinner under me and you
Another melancholy song for the days of winter, “The Ice is Getting Thinner”, by Death Cab For Cutie, describes the gradual breakdown of a relationship between two people. A common theme in singer Ben Gibbard’s lyrics, the clean guitars, lack of percussion, and focus on his voice all work in unison to create a nostalgic tone that resonates through the track. I think this track really captures the sort of slow-motion change of the winter and its gradual decline toward the optimism of spring, which we could all use in the wake of the recent weather.
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