Five Songs That Changed My Life… 4. Lack of Color by Death Cab for Cutie

Five Songs That Changed My Life… 4. Lack of Color by Death Cab for Cutie

The past three songs that I have written of so far have depicted isolation, belonging, and understanding the world around me, but none of them have gone further than touching on the subject that most songs are about… Love. Love is the greatest mystery of life, it is an energy that comes from nothing but a glance and will push us to move mountains, to explore, and even to settle. Growing up anywhere in any context, there is the feeling of love all around you, whether you have it or not. Personally I understood what love was supposed to be, but I never knew what it was until I met the first true love of my life. The one that makes you believe in happy endings, the one that makes you feel like nothing could go wrong. But at times it does, and that emotional turbulence has created some of the greatest songs of all, but one in particular stands out in my eyes.

“A Lack of Color” is a song about the realization of a love lost in the mind of a man who seems to be infatuated with logic. There was something almost unbearably honest and raw about the lyrics as the scenario unfolds over and over again on repeat- the classic story of realizing what you have after it is unattainable.

 

“And when I see you, I really see you upside down

But my brain knows better, it picks you up and turns you around

Turns you around, turns you around

If you feel discouraged when there’s a lack of color here

Please don’t worry lover, it’s really bursting at the seams

From absorbing everything the spectrum’s A to Z.

This is fact not fiction for the first time in years

All the girls in every girlie magazine can’t make me feel any less alone,

I’m reaching for the phone to call at 7:03 and on your machine,

I slur a plea for you to come home.

But I know it’s too late, and I should have given you a reason to stay

Given you a reason to stay,

Given you a reason to stay,

Given you a reason to stay

This is fact not fiction for the first time in years”.

 

The last lines always got to me: “I should have given you a reason to stay.” They pushed at my memory as I tried to find what I could have possibly done differently. But as time goes on, the words have made me realize that you are who you are, and changing who you are to better fit another is like cutting two puzzle pieces so they will fit together. Though the pieces now fit into one another, the picture that they create doesn’t make sense, and that defeats the purpose of love… To find someone that completes your picture, and you complete theirs. This is fact, not fiction, free from passion and logic, only love.
 

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