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Death Cab for Cutie — Passenger Seat
Album: Transatlanticism
Avg rating:
6.7

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Total ratings: 893









Released: 2003
Length: 3:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I roll the window down
And then begin to breathe in
The darkest country road
And the strong scent of evergreen
From the passenger seat as
You are driving me home

Then looking upwards
I strain my eyes and try
To tell the difference between
Shooting stars and satellites
From the passenger seat as
You are driving me home

Do they collide?
I ask and you smile
With my feet on the dash
The world doesn't matter

When you feel embarrassed
Then I'll be your pride
When you need directions
Then I'll be the guide

For all time
For all time
Comments (94)add comment
 mread wrote:
Finally read the lyrics.  Must bump from 7 to 9.
 
Ben Gibbard is an incredible lyricist, IMO.
I'm at work at this was way too s...l....o....w........zzzzz
 phlattop wrote:
is it just me or does this singer sound like the guy from the Decemberists? 
 

Sounds more like the singer from The Postal Service. They sound so close they may as well be the same guy.
I would love to hear Roland Orzabal (Tears for Fears) cover this.
Finally read the lyrics.  Must bump from 7 to 9.
is it just me or does this singer sound like the guy from the Decemberists?
 
this is meh.
 ronniegirl wrote:

I agree.  Music for Airports.  Just saying it soothes me.

 
I feel the same way about Thursday Afternoon.  That one  will likely not be played here either.

Pope said today that spreading false news “probably the greatest damage that the media can do.”

Using exceptionally strong language, he used the word “coprophilia”
 decorgirl wrote:
This one belongs in the museum of shit! 

  From what I've heard of them on RP I'd say they have enough material to mount their own exhibition. 
This one belongs in the museum of shit! 
Nauseating!
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/68/54/65/6854654dc620c5c173535988e39e3aab.jpg
DCFC is not afraid to set a mood and take their time. 

In a world with full volume aggressive in-your-face thoughtlessness, this is a good thing. 
OK, I guess.  I would much rather listen to music.
Can't listen to that voice... No.
Love it!
I have been a big fan of Death Cab for Cutie; this song sounds a bit different from what I have heard from them before but it is really nice; contemplative music.
 rdo wrote:


I'll have to speculate because I don't have much to go on here so far as clues...I think ambient music would put a lot of people to sleep.  There really is not a single ambient song played on RP.  It would be difficult to fit into the playlist I'd bet, and a lot of people would complain.  I think Music for Airports is one of the greatest works of art.

 
I agree.  Music for Airports.  Just saying it soothes me.
Love the intro to this song.
like these guys a lot... along with bare naked ladies...kinda similar, but not. definitely not everyones cup of tea but enjoyable none the less
Love this song.
So peaceful yet eloquent.  Thank you RP.
This guy suffers from Low T...
I see a picture from Bangladesh... Passenger in rickshaw seat .. COOL ;)

 
 ronniegirl wrote:


Why don't we have anything from Eno's ambient days?  Once in a while is very soothing.
 

I'll have to speculate because I don't have much to go on here so far as clues...I think ambient music would put a lot of people to sleep.  There really is not a single ambient song played on RP.  It would be difficult to fit into the playlist I'd bet, and a lot of people would complain.  I think Music for Airports is one of the greatest works of art.
 ronniegirl wrote:


Why don't we have anything from Eno's ambient days?  Once in a while is very soothing.
  Yeah. I heard the opening notes of this and said "Brian Eno?" to myself.


Sounds more like the "Postal Service" stuff, don't it?  (Which is a good thing).
 Proclivities wrote:

You must have some pretty hi-tech equipment to be able to receive olfactory signals through an internet connection.

 
...or have synaesthesia. I know what RadioDoc means, about this having a "musty" atmosphere. I'd probably apply that to most of DCFC's songs, most of which seem to be about death, dying or illness. For all their toe-tapping poppiness, they do make me think of places like Undercliffe Cemetery in Bradford, a strange and imposing necropolis with gothic tombs and baroque gravestones. I'd put DCFC into the same electro-Goth category as Depeche Mode. I like them both very much, btw.


I just start to dig these guys. They are not great inventers, but their music is "sooo good for the ears" (c) {#Angel}
 rdo wrote:


Yep, straight from Music For Airports.
 

Why don't we have anything from Eno's ambient days?  Once in a while is very soothing.
I agree
 
michaelgmitchell wrote:
Damn, I like Ben's stuff. Not sure what it is. He has my attention, that's all. Melodic passages, seems every time.
 


Purrrrrrfection!
Damn, I like Ben's stuff. Not sure what it is. He has my attention, that's all. Melodic passages, seems every time.
 RadioDoc wrote:
This song smells like a musty basement.

4
 
You must have some pretty hi-tech equipment to be able to receive olfactory signals through an internet connection.

Pretty weak
 Deadwing wrote:
I am by nature a very happy, upbeat person- but for some reason musical meloncholia always resonates deeply for me. I'll take a sad ditty over a breezy one any day    {#Cheers}
 

You and me both.  Who can explain it?  It must be about yin and yang. 

Stay positive.  I give the song a "7"
I hear the rain outside my office window, and I hear the rain on the windshield of the song's car...
I like a lot of their music but I wish this band (and Vampire Weekend) would change their name!
 Dgradeworkunit wrote:
Would anybody get in the passenger seat of a death cab, cute or not?
Just wondering...   {#Shifty}
 
Pretty much what we all are, passengers in this death cab called life on planet earth. 


Good morning from the west coast, I like this one, giving it a 7.
Would anybody get in the passenger seat of a death cab, cute or not?
Just wondering...   {#Shifty}
I am getting a lot of static while this one plays.  Making an already marginal piece even worse.
Follow this up with Sniff 'N' the Tears, "Driver's Seat"?  

Brings back some memories. Bittersweet.
 auburntigerrich wrote:
One of the more delicious tracks from this, the more delectable pre-Plans, album.  Nothing beats "We Looked Like Giants" with the windows down, but this track is a close second in my book.

Moving; powerful imagery; better production.
 
We looked like giants is definitely a favourite. This whole album is much better together though than by tracks. Ben Gibbards voice resonates swimmingly with the music and lyrics, its almost chilling.


 theGOOT wrote:
stop crying, you woman. i'm off to lift some weights and watch The Dirty Dozen.
 
What he said.....

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Like the song, although that piano sound is lifted from Brian Eno's first Ambient LP. (If you're gonna steal, steal from the best!)
 

Yep, straight from Music For Airports.
One of the more delicious tracks from this, the more delectable pre-Plans, album.  Nothing beats "We Looked Like Giants" with the windows down, but this track is a close second in my book.

Moving; powerful imagery; better production.
I am by nature a very happy, upbeat person- but for some reason musical meloncholia always resonates deeply for me. I'll take a sad ditty over a breezy one any day    {#Cheers}
Beautiful imagery. I could almost feel the cold air and smell the pine. {#Meditate}
This song smells like a musty basement.

4
I just don't get it. And I'm even from Portland.
Brian Eno piano + Postal Service vocals = This Song Works though.
cc_rider wrote:
You're right, Mouse. MEN shouldn't show emotions; all that nonsense about opening up and sharing your feelings with those close to you is just that: nonsense. MEN should be stoic and brave and above all SILENT about their feelings. Heaven forbid a MAN share a tender moment or exhibit any vulnerability whatsoever. Peace, c.
Me, suck it up, walk it off, rub some dirt in it, man up, etc. etc.
Like the song, although that piano sound is lifted from Brian Eno's first Ambient LP. (If you're gonna steal, steal from the best!)
I love it. Love the imagery, love the way he sings, love it. Not sure exactly what this "emo" stuff is, as I am old and grey, but if that's what this is, it works for me.
cc_rider wrote:
You're right, Mouse. MEN shouldn't show emotions; all that nonsense about opening up and sharing your feelings with those close to you is just that: nonsense. MEN should be stoic and brave and above all SILENT about their feelings. Heaven forbid a MAN share a tender moment or exhibit any vulnerability whatsoever. Peace, c.
stop crying, you woman. i'm off to lift some weights and watch The Dirty Dozen.
cc_rider wrote:
You're right, Mouse. MEN shouldn't show emotions; all that nonsense about opening up and sharing your feelings with those close to you is just that: nonsense. MEN should be stoic and brave and above all SILENT about their feelings. Heaven forbid a MAN share a tender moment or exhibit any vulnerability whatsoever. Peace, c.
:lol:
ah, listening to this song and liking it, i was wondering why i had never heard it before. conclusion: because i don't have this album! added to the list.
A_Nonny_Mouse wrote:
crying man. blech.
You're right, Mouse. MEN shouldn't show emotions; all that nonsense about opening up and sharing your feelings with those close to you is just that: nonsense. MEN should be stoic and brave and above all SILENT about their feelings. Heaven forbid a MAN share a tender moment or exhibit any vulnerability whatsoever. Peace, c.
Ever since I heard 'Styrofoam Plates' I've been a Death Cab fan. First to admit it ain't everyone's cuppa joe however. Plaintive? Whiny? Yes and Yes. I still really like it, but then I'm chronically depressed; maybe the plaintive whining just resonates with me. c.
sutcliff wrote:
Stop.
Go!
Stop.
exciter76 wrote:
I started listening D.C.F.C. thanks to RP, expecially their last 2 albums, and this is one o the songs that I like more of them.... theres a warm feeling that touch me inside when I listen to this song, something sad, something comfortable, something so deeply personal....
The imagery is exceptional... to think of being, or having been, cradled in comfort with your life literally in someone else's hands. It has a natal quality to it. It moved me when I heard REM's "You Are The Everything" back in '90-something, and no less now.
laozilover wrote:
:think: When I first heard this, I wondered "Which Sufjan Stevens album IS this?". :confused:
...and the SECOND time, too! :lol:
Hmm... I don't seem to enjoy DCFC much after 2001.
i love the little art-garfunkly thing he does with his voice toward the end... so sweet.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Agony. I'm so sick of Scene I could scream. Please make the fad pass quickly.
Angsty. You could very well start your own emo band! Save that angst; it's worth money!
Agony. I'm so sick of Scene I could scream. Please make the fad pass quickly.
I started listening D.C.F.C. thanks to RP, expecially their last 2 albums, and this is one o the songs that I like more of them.... theres a warm feeling that touch me inside when I listen to this song, something sad, something comfortable, something so deeply personal....
:think: When I first heard this, I wondered "Which Sufjan Stevens album IS this?". :confused:
This is Godlike. Amen.
Love this. Love them.
Funny, I always felt this song to be very ethereal, yet heartfelt. Like it very much. Reminds me of something in my life that happened, but not yet.
Tendentious and pretentious, definitely not among their best
ainecliach wrote:
Reminds me of Brick by Ben Folds Five.
:yes: but not as good...
Puts me to sleep.
rah wrote:
This stands head-and-shoulders above the other death cab stuff we've heard so far.
Which makes it about, oh, 11 inches tall.
Reminds me of Brick by Ben Folds Five.
I dig this one. In fact I really like the whole album.
I love this. But it sounds like someone singing over an Einaudi piano piece.
wow -- why has it taken so long for us to get this track? this stands head-and-shoulders above the other death cab stuff we've heard so far.
One of the most beautiful tracks on the album, the story is so blatant, but I think that's really what makes it great.
warm wrote:
Most definitely, I bought Transatlanticism because of RP. Thank you!
So did I! Better yet...did it through the RP Amazon link.
I think I'm just not a DCC fan.......
Relatively little edge, wore off after first listening, now grates.
gillicious wrote:
I want to thank RadioParadise for introducing me to Death Cab. I feel connected to this music somehow... Must be the Pacific Northwest thing. :music:
Most definitely, I bought Transatlanticism because of RP. Thank you!
A_Nonny_Mouse wrote:
crying man. blech.
It's not even a sad song...it's a happy song if anything, he's talking about watching the stars while is girl is driving him home.
I want to thank RadioParadise for introducing me to Death Cab. I feel connected to this music somehow... Must be the Pacific Northwest thing. :music:
The word "gormless" leaps to mind.
crying man. blech.
i'm so happy to hear this great band - and Ben Gibbard's other band Postal Service as well - on RP. hits the spot every time.
i'm out here... ;) i haven't heard this album yet.
Heh. The other person to rate and myself both pick 8. :) Who's out there?
Zzzz....