What Sarah Said

by Death Cab for Cutie

Duration:
6:20
Released:
Aug 30, 2005
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Lyrics for What Sarah Said by Death Cab for Cutie:

And it came to me then that every plan
Is a tiny prayer to father time
As I stared at my shoes in the ICU
That reeked of piss and 409
And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself
That I'd already taken too much today
As each descending peak on the LCD
Took you a little farther away from me
Away from me

Amongst the vending machines and year-old​ magazines
In a place where we only say goodbye
It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds
And I knew that you were truth I would rather lose
Than to have never lain beside at all
And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground
As the TV entertained itself

'Cause there's no comfort in the waiting room
Just nervous paces bracing for bad news
And then the nurse comes round and everyone lifts their head
But I'm thinking of what Sarah said:
That love is watching someone die

So who's gonna watch you die?
So who's gonna watch you die?
So who's gonna watch you die?

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Song Facts

“What Sarah Said” is a meditation on death, using the imagery and narrative of a loved one on his/her hospital death bed as a vehicle. The driving piano and nervous pacing builds a sense of anxiety and reverence, while Ben’s lyrics drive home the song’s central thesis – “that love is watching someone die”.

Everyone is barreling towards their own exodus, and to love someone is to be there and witness what comes with that – the sorrow, the decline in health, the tough questions, and finally, the death rattle and release. You can’t commit to share each others lives without committing to witness these things.

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