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Death Cab for Cutie — I Will Follow You into the Dark
Album: Plans
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2670









Released: 2005
Length: 3:07
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Love of mine
Someday you will die
But I'll be close behind
I'll follow you into the dark
No blinding light,
Or tunnels to gates of white,
Just our hands clasped so tight
Waiting for the hint of a spark

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the "No"s on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark

And Catholic school,
As vicious as Roman rule,
I got my knuckles bruised
By a lady in black
And I held my tongue
As she told me "Son,
Fear is the heart of love,"
So I never went back

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the "No"s on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark

You and me
Have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes
Are all worn down
The time for sleep is now
It's nothing to cry about
'Cause we'll hold each other soon
In the blackest of rooms

If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the "No"s on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
Then I'll follow you into the dark
Then I'll follow you into the dark
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I don't enjoy this song, except when I think about the illuminated nose on the No Vacancy sign.
 PCHarter wrote:
Believe it or not...
the very first time I heard this I was laying beside my mate on their death bed,  cancer 😭
 
I'm so sorry
Jesus, this is cloying.
 Grammarcop wrote:
I think the people who interpret this song as a suicide pact are misunderstanding it. I believe they are seeing the lyrics through the prism of their own (relative) youth. But I think Gibbard is imagining the story through the eyes of two elderly people who have had a rich life together and know they are nearing the end. 

Why? These five lines:

You and me
Have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes
Are all worn down

It's a song about two people, deeply in love and dedicated to one another. There's nothing creepy about that. 


 

Good comment. I see Cutie as purveyors of thanatos pop, almost goth at times. 
 opaceo wrote:
 

islander wrote:
I normally love Bill's transitions. But this following the Ramone's do you wanna dance is like coming around a corner at full speed and finding 4 lanes of stopped traffic.

nickferrante10 wrote:

Great description! BTW same transition 2 months later.
 
And the same transition just occurred 4 weeks after nickferrante10's post ... 
 
And again today.
 

islander wrote:
I normally love Bill's transitions. But this following the Ramone's do you wanna dance is like coming around a corner at full speed and finding 4 lanes of stopped traffic.

nickferrante10 wrote:

Great description! BTW same transition 2 months later.
 
And the same transition just occurred 4 weeks after nickferrante10's post ... 
 bettylistens wrote:
Thanks Jim and Rebecca, working from home in NZ but often listen at work office too.
 

Uh oh....BiilG's got competition in Paradise now?
Treacle
 freddyfender wrote:
I lived this as well..

And Catholic school,
As vicious as Roman rule,
I got my knuckles bruised
By a lady in black
And I held my tongue
As she told me "Son,
Fear is the heart of love,"
So I never went back
 
Wimp!
 islander wrote:
I normally love Bill's transitions. But this following the Ramone's do you wanna dance is like coming around a corner at full speed and finding 4 lanes of stopped traffic. 
 
Great description! BTW same transition 2 months later.
 freddyfender wrote:
I lived this as well..

And Catholic school,
As vicious as Roman rule,
I got my knuckles bruised
By a lady in black
And I held my tongue
As she told me "Son,
Fear is the heart of love,"
So I never went back
 

uh what's with DCFC obsession lately. 3-4 times a day? Really?
Thank you for introducing me to DCFC Bean ❤️
Thanks Jim and Rebecca, working from home in NZ but often listen at work office too.
I normally love Bill's transitions. But this following the Ramone's do you wanna dance is like coming around a corner at full speed and finding 4 lanes of stopped traffic. 
Sounds so cheerful yet so dark.  Love it.
 admascott wrote:
Statistically she will outlive him.
 

So true, and so funny
Statistically she will outlive him.
 kazoo wrote:
Is this about a murder suicide pact?
 
No.
Only RP can do it, but someday please play "Racing the Angels" with this song.
Is this about a murder suicide pact?
"Illuminate the nose on their vacancy signs"
 phlattop wrote:


"Simply put, Catholics are as dumb as a sack of rocks ...their "priests" are losers and / or criminals"

wow, what a nasty statement. Former catholic here. While I disagree with a lot of what the Catholic church says and does, I would NEVER make such a broad generalization about other catholics. Plenty of people have been born into that religion in countries where the Church is dominant. Those people often have their own issues but are hardwired to still practice.
 
I practice because I'm part of a very caring, accepting, and diverse Catholic community that even has a very active LGBTQ ministry with some of the most loving, creative people I've ever met.  I weep for those who've been hurt and alienated by intolerant Catholics.
I also don't pretend to be an "intellectual", but do feel I'm a little smarter than a sack of rocks.
Well, I didn't expect to be in tears here at work today.  Thanks RP for making me feel all the feels. 
 radioparadise9 wrote:
 jjfflyboy wrote:
With apologies to everyone who has been hurt by Catholic clergy, I believe this song perpetuates a long dead stereotype of Catholic schools. This is one reason why I don't like the song. Another reason I don't like this song is, it clouds Catholic belief with the line 'fear is the heart of love'. I'll let St. Therese the Little Flower clarify the heart of love: check out her book: "Story of a Soul".
 
History hasn't been kind to the delusion that Catholic (and other religions) clergy have stopped abusing children and covering it up.

Catholicism has a credibility chasm between the romanticized nonsense of "St. Therese" the Little Flower and the harsh reality of :

Ignorance: the Sun revolves around the Earth
Lies: the "Flood"
Misogyny: women are second class people
Systemic, world wide child abuse.
Papal "infallibility": what a crock
Simony
Divorces for sale: $25,000
Tax evasion: a true parasite, it does not pay income taxes in the societies it feeds upon
+++

Simply put, Catholics are as dumb as a sack of rocks ...their "priests" are losers and / or criminals












 

"Simply put, Catholics are as dumb as a sack of rocks ...their "priests" are losers and / or criminals"

wow, what a nasty statement. Former catholic here. While I disagree with a lot of what the Catholic church says and does, I would NEVER make such a broad generalization about other catholics. Plenty of people have been born into that religion in countries where the Church is dominant. Those people often have their own issues but are hardwired to still practice.
Makes me feel sad, or happy?
Would be better if it said: “I follow you into the light”.
This is becoming one of my favorite bands.
 nutrod42 wrote:
You know, I just don't like this band. I find the vocals annoying and the songs aren't very good.
 
“Nut Rod”, how aptly named. 
What a lovely song. Of course Dickens portrayed the same sentiments, with his usual bludgeon of his special firehose of gazillions of words, many times. Gawd did those Victorians love 'em a good beatdown! But the enduring, unbreakable love-theme, however portrayed, never gets the Time workout. 
 dwhartography wrote:
Believe it or not...
the very first time I heard this I was laying beside my mate on their death bed,  cancer 😭
 
Hugs!  Long Live RP....and memories of your mate pre-cancer
My girls were 12 when they first heard this on my continuous RP playlist...
And they loved it.

And they made me pay attention, and love it too. 
Believe it or not...
the very first time I heard this I was laying beside my mate on their death bed,  cancer 😭
This was an encore the other night. Everyone sang along. It was a lovely moment.
 flight750 wrote:

[FWIW, I have never had anything to do with the Catholic church, nor any political party.  I am so happy to be able to say that because outside looking in is a much better view.]
 

I haven't even read the OP comment yet your 'FWIW' is so VERY true...and true for me too....cool...now PEACE...and Long Live RP!!
 radioparadise9 wrote:
<snip>

Simply put, Catholics are as dumb as a sack of rocks ...

<snip again>

 
Actually, everything you said except what I quoted above I totally agree with - The Catholic church has all the faults you mention (and plenty more, I'm sure), but I think that a "broad brush" statement about the people who get sucked into the thinking in the church have as many different stories as people who get sucked into thinking and dogma in political parties, which we see so much of these days; reasonably smart people who don't know what they are missing get suckered too.

[FWIW, I have never had anything to do with the Catholic church, nor any political party.  I am so happy to be able to say that because outside looking in is a much better view.]
I liked this once upon a time. Third play it got old and that was long time ago.
 Furry wrote:
Please play this sappy, maudlin drivel a lot less!
 

"One thing you can't hide .... is when you're crippled inside" J Lennon 1971
Please play this sappy, maudlin drivel a lot less!
 jjfflyboy wrote:
With apologies to everyone who has been hurt by Catholic clergy, I believe this song perpetuates a long dead stereotype of Catholic schools. This is one reason why I don't like the song. Another reason I don't like this song is, it clouds Catholic belief with the line 'fear is the heart of love'. I'll let St. Therese the Little Flower clarify the heart of love: check out her book: "Story of a Soul".
 
History hasn't been kind to the delusion that Catholic (and other religions) clergy have stopped abusing children and covering it up.

Catholicism has a credibility chasm between the romanticized nonsense of "St. Therese" the Little Flower and the harsh reality of :

Ignorance: the Sun revolves around the Earth
Lies: the "Flood"
Misogyny: women are second class people
Systemic, world wide child abuse.
Papal "infallibility": what a crock
Simony
Divorces for sale: $25,000
Tax evasion: a true parasite, it does not pay income taxes in the societies it feeds upon
+++

Simply put, Catholics are as dumb as a sack of rocks ...their "priests" are losers and / or criminals












 Antigone wrote:
This song is fine, but to me it is starting to feel overplayed. PSD!
 
Same!
I lived this as well..

And Catholic school,
As vicious as Roman rule,
I got my knuckles bruised
By a lady in black
And I held my tongue
As she told me "Son,
Fear is the heart of love,"
So I never went back
Please don't follow with Jason Isbelle's vampires... too much.  Too much...
This song is fine, but to me it is starting to feel overplayed. PSD!
If heaven and hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the "No"s on their vacancy signs
 nutrod42 wrote:
You know, I just don't like this band. I find the vocals annoying and the songs aren't very good.

 
And I feel the opposite. Isn't it funny how that works?
You know, I just don't like this band. I find the vocals annoying and the songs aren't very good.
This song is so good it defies description. I especially like the anti-religious message. We can use more truth like that in the world today. And I strongly agree that it is not in any way related to suicide...its about love!
I think the people who interpret this song as a suicide pact are misunderstanding it. I believe they are seeing the lyrics through the prism of their own (relative) youth. But I think Gibbard is imagining the story through the eyes of two elderly people who have had a rich life together and know they are nearing the end. 

Why? These five lines:

You and me
Have seen everything to see
From Bangkok to Calgary
And the soles of your shoes
Are all worn down

It's a song about two people, deeply in love and dedicated to one another. There's nothing creepy about that. 


you know, this would make a great pairing with Gibbard's "Me and Magdalena" that he gave to the Monkees recent album. Sung by Mike, with background by Mickey, it's a beautiful, happy/sad thing about making your way to the "undiscovered." My fave song on that album, and a surprise that they could do something so wonderful at this point in their lives.
Are you guys not tired of making me cry 
 Shotoverplain wrote:
seriously depressing
 
It's sad to think that we eventually die, but this is about a life of love and adventure. I suppose if you have to have an arc that ends in the grave, having love and memories make it a little better.
What a well crafted song.
 freemusic wrote:
Loved the song... until I read/saw/heard the lyrics....   Now?  PSD == Sickening, and yes, it does sound like a suicide pact. 

 
Take a closer listen. They've seen everything to see from one side of the planet to the other. They're already near the end of their lives. Have you heard what happens to old men whose wives die before them
 Dave_Mack wrote:
This song always generates a switch to KPIG.

Although I do like that part about illuminating the nose.
 
The Dong! The Dong! The Dong with Luminous Nose!
This song always generates a switch to KPIG.

Although I do like that part about illuminating the nose.
Nice imaging on the vocals on this track
 
I like the clever Beatles connection: "In Liverpool", followed by "Fool on the Hill" from the Magical Mystery Tour, followed by Death Cab for Cutie, a band named after a song from the Magical Mystery Tour film.
What a beautiful love song... I love Death Cab
seriously depressing
 squibby wrote:
This is a great song, and Ben Gibbard is one of the best songwriters of recent years.  I think that, ike Dylan, Lou Reed, etc., some people dont like his voice, I get it, there are singers that bug me too, but I do think this band is great, 

 
His voice is quite okay. And yeah - the song's just great and recognizable.
I read Leonard Cohen's farewell letter to Marianne a couple of days ago, and it reminded me of this song (well, "So Long, Marianne" and "Bird on a Wire" as well). 
 Bluenoser wrote:
Wow. First good song that I've heard from these guys. Beginning of a redemption maybe. 

 
Except that this was released in 2005.  OTOH, I would say they have grown fabulously since this simple (yet nice) little ditty.
Wow. First good song that I've heard from these guys. Beginning of a redemption maybe. 
This is a great song, and Ben Gibbard is one of the best songwriters of recent years.  I think that, ike Dylan, Lou Reed, etc., some people dont like his voice, I get it, there are singers that bug me too, but I do think this band is great, 
The more I actually listen to it, the worse it gets.
Yes.Please stop it.
Please, please stop this song.
At least a 9 for me...may end up being higher. Just a great song. 
Dang Bill is trying to make us all introspective with this set. In Liverpool by Suzanne Vega > Fool on the Hill by the Beatles > I Will Follow You Into the Dark. *grabs a tissue*
Always loved this song and this band, but when I heard a good friend of mine sing it at her beloved Grandfather's memorial service it took on a deeper meaning.  I get teary when I hear it now.  My loveband and I are past the middle of our lives.  All but one of our parents are gone.  At least one of our friends dies every year now.   It's not just a song anymore, but I still love it.
cutesy garbage {#Rolleyes}
Love.
 RadioDoc wrote:

No, it's not that. It is the whiny, phoned-in talentless performance that is the primary problem.  Put this in the hands of someone who can actually sing and it would be great.

 
Wow again. But do you like it?
 merobreno wrote:
WOW. Stunned by the negative reactions. I see this as the ultimate love song. A gut wrenching affirmation of love and devotion that I think most folks can not really relate to anymore. In fact, when I hear this song, I always wonder how someone so young could have possibly have written it. It cuts me to the bone and wish this kind of compassion could find its way into the world as a whole. Gut wrenching.
 
No, it's not that. It is the whiny, phoned-in talentless performance that is the primary problem.  Put this in the hands of someone who can actually sing and it would be great.
Great song.
As someone who has dealt with an abundance of death, it took me not long to realize it is only part of life.
Nothing to fear , nothing to embrace, its only a change. No one can go there for you. This song is just a song.      
Apparently not many sentimental-types here at RP.
Cloying and maudlin. It's "gut wrenching" all right. {#Eyes}
WOW. Stunned by the negative reactions. I see this as the ultimate love song. A gut wrenching affirmation of love and devotion that I think most folks can not really relate to anymore. In fact, when I hear this song, I always wonder how someone so young could have possibly have written it. It cuts me to the bone and wish this kind of compassion could find its way into the world as a whole. Gut wrenching.
Loved the song... until I read/saw/heard the lyrics....   Now?  PSD == Sickening, and yes, it does sound like a suicide pact. 
Not a big fan of this one.
Emo-whiney drivel.
This song sounds worse and worse to me each time I hear it. I think it's supposed to be an affirmation of eternal love, but telling a lover (who's, what, 25?) "one day you'll die and go into eternal darkness, and I'll be right behind you" is I think more morbid (and more than a little creepy) than reassuring.
Meh, the playlist on the front page is out of sync.  The Staple Sisters are playing just now.

Nice segway though --->
 T Bone Burnett — Over You
 Krakus wrote:
Song reminds me of my Catholic boarding school experience. Five years there was like being stuck in purgatory. Glad I didn't get molested.
 
Wow, it's a pretty sad/scary statement on the Catholic school system if the best thing one can say about it is "Glad I wasn't molested.".

 {#Yes}

garyalex wrote:
This song makes me think of just how subjective musical likes and dislikes can be.  Someone obviously thought enough of it to upload it.  It made the playlist and has met with further approval from some listeners.

I don't like it... But that's what's so great about Radio Paradise.  There's lots of choices.  Some work for me, some don't.

 
And there is always the PSD button or just Stop play and come back when a song title you like shows up. 
Song reminds me of my Catholic boarding school experience. Five years there was like being stuck in purgatory. Glad I didn't get molested.
yeah, it's sappy, and not much substance musically. but i hope there is always room in our playlists and in our hearts for a little sap. and i hope to someday have someone who'll follow me into the dark.
This song makes me think of just how subjective musical likes and dislikes can be.  Someone obviously thought enough of it to upload it.  It made the playlist and has met with further approval from some listeners. 

I don't like it.  In fact, if a situation arose where I had to make a choice between listening to this twenty times in a row or swallow a handful of rusty nails, I'd have to give serious consideration to the nails.  But that's what's so great about Radio Paradise.  There's lots of choices.  Some work for me, some don't.
Horrible memories of my ex-officemate who used to whisper-sing this song while listening to it through headphones. He was finally laid off last year, but the damage is lasting.
WOW
I've cried listening to this - not a bad thing. I love music that moves me to tears
Wow! What a beautiful tune. Rare these days, and very welcome.
 fredriley wrote:

It sounds to me like a song of devotion to a loved one, such that if she goes he'll follow to keep her company, and because his life would be unbearable. Both sad and touching, not "silly". Thanatos with a poppy beat.


 

 Thanatos with a poppy beat



Good call. 
I'm trying really hard to like DCC, but it's not working for me. They've got some great lyrics but the music just doesn't ring my chimes. Maybe listening a few more times might work, but I doubt it. {#Sad}
 
Bringing back way too many parochial school memories
 BillG wrote:

Ignorant? Despairing?  I invite you to listen again.

 
Nowyoulissenhere DJ dude: where's my engraved invitation? 


Angry Jimmy Cagney
Jimmy's so hot, he's in a White Heat...



 
 BillG wrote:

Ignorant? Despairing?  I invite you to listen again.

 

I'll agree calling lyrics "ignorant" is a diss, but "despairing"?  That's not a diss.  {#No}  {#Naughty}
I could never understand why Phineas hates these guys.
"Catholic school, as vicious than Roman rule" is a great line. Actually that  entire verse is great.    

colt4x5 wrote:

I'm with you on that one. It's like a poem written for a high school assignment.
 

 


I like DCC but.  Yawn
 handyrae wrote:
I'm not entirely sure why, but this song annoys me much more than it ought to.
 
I'm with you on that one. It's like a poem written for a high school assignment.
 
 Dgradeworkunit wrote:
Whiny, repetitive tune, ignorant & despairing lyrics...  Oh my!
 
Ignorant? Despairing?  I invite you to listen again.
Whiny, repetitive tune, ignorant & despairing lyrics...  Oh my!
Sounds a lot like Belle & Sebastian's Piazza, New York Catcher...

Listen for yourself:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjYRWRKb_Y
 fredriley wrote:

It sounds to me like a song of devotion to a loved one, such that if she goes he'll follow to keep her company, and because his life would be unbearable. Both sad and touching, not "silly". Thanatos with a poppy beat.

 
Very touching.  More than once it's brought a tear to my eye.  Anyone who's been, or is, in love, will know what I mean.
Makes me think of this ...

 
 Grammarcop wrote:
If I could give an award for clever lyrics, Death Cab for Cutie would be among the finalists.  
 
agree
Every time I hear this I want to hep him get there ASAP.
 fredriley wrote:

It sounds to me like a song of devotion to a loved one, such that if she goes he'll follow to keep her company, and because his life would be unbearable. Both sad and touching, not "silly". Thanatos with a poppy beat.

 
From a casual reading, I'm getting an image of a spouse sitting by the bedside of their dying partner.  
{#Daisy}
i love that song.
If I could give an award for clever lyrics, Death Cab for Cutie would be among the finalists.  
I love Death Cab For Cutie. Amazing :)
Nice song !
 Dgradeworkunit wrote:
Sorry folks but these lyrics are pretty silly.  What's it supposed to be? A suicide pact?
No thanks. 
 
That's what it sounds like to me. I'm not fond of it. Except for that image of the glowing nose on the sign.
I'm not entirely sure why, but this song annoys me much more than it ought to.
I'll follow you into the park?