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Death Cab for Cutie — I Will Possess Your Heart
Album: Narrow Stairs
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 3156









Released: 2008
Length: 8:22
Plays (last 30 days): 3
How I wish you could see the potential
The potential of you and me
It's like a book elegantly bound, but
In a language that you can't read just yet

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window
I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective
When we'll be lovers, lovers at last

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won't let you let me down so easily
So easily

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You gotta spend some time, love
You gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart
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 Laptopdog wrote:
Years ago I made a video of an edit of the final showdown of the characters in Steven Speilberg's early film Duel with Dennis Weaver on a lonely mountain road being pursued by a crazy semi truck driver. I used this song as the soundtrack. It was amazing how well it worked, with the plodding bass line for the climb up the mountain, which stops when the singing starts and the car began careening down the mountain. I put it up on YouTube, but they took it down. I guess it violated the band or the movie copyright. It was fun while it lasted.
 
Yup - I think your copyright 'guess' would be correct
 lizardking wrote:

I just went 7 to 8 today based on the perfect-length intro....I don't think the song would have been as creepy without the long intro.  The video is great too!  LLRP!!
 

i'm going from 7>>6
 BCarn wrote:

Sounds like your resume!
But seriously folks...clearly you're not a DCFC fan. But since Bill doesn't consult you for the music list, just sit back and enjoy the musical variation that makes RP a cut above all other radio stations.
 

still horrible, repetitive, and lacking much merit...no, i am not a fanatic...
Maybe she's just not that into you...
it's insistent, plodding, driven, driving... obsessed,,, like the singer of the song. As a bass player I can say I love playing on tunes like this that require you to LOCK in and just groove with the drummer.


I wondered about the name but never was curious enough to nail down where it came from. Thanks, although not much of a fan, I like to know about bands, renown and obscure.

 
memoryboxer wrote:
After years of musing about how odd a band name was for a non-Goth band it finally occurred to me to look up it's origin. I was rather surprised to discover Death Cab for Cutie was originally a song title - by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Didn't see that coming. I've heard/owned a fair amount of the Bonzo's music over the years but obviously missed THAT one!
 


Please make it stop already !!
6 minute intro... 2:22 singing....NICE!
what is the latest obsession with these guys?
Desperate cardiac surgeon.
I really love this kind of progressive rock. Drums and guitar reminds me Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore after their punk experimental period. I've heard they played with Death Cab for Cuties... Is that true ? (really possible from all experimental fields of Sonic Youth)
It's all about the bass ...repetitive though it may be. 

Great tune. One of DCFC best.
Great intro
 BCarn wrote:

Sounds like your resume!
But seriously folks...clearly you're not a DCFC fan. But since Bill doesn't consult you for the music list, just sit back and enjoy the musical variation that makes RP a cut above all other radio stations.
 
Good grief,
i MIGHT NOT LIKE YOUR MUSICAL TASTES, but that does not justify a personal attack.

as to my resume, Google me.

Dr. Strangelove
DCFC at their best. One of my top 50 songs of the 21st century.
 BCarn wrote:

Sounds like your resume!
But seriously folks...clearly you're not a DCFC fan. But since Bill doesn't consult you for the music list, just sit back and enjoy the musical variation that makes RP a cut above all other radio stations.
 

Or just skip it. 
You'd be relatively pleased if you came up with this in an improvised jam. Not blown away. It'd need quite a bit of work before you bothered recording it.
I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl and this song under the stars was magical.  If you aren't a DCFC fan I guess I understand why you don't like it but for us fans, they possess our hearts. Just move on.  
 DocStrangelove wrote:
horrible, boring, repetitive, creative failure.

please delete this from rotation.
 
Sounds like your resume!
But seriously folks...clearly you're not a DCFC fan. But since Bill doesn't consult you for the music list, just sit back and enjoy the musical variation that makes RP a cut above all other radio stations.
 jonahboo wrote:

holy shit really?

you can play 3 Beatles songs during that dirge
 
Really.  Not only is your opinion not universal, but many people have ... let's say "different" attention spans.
I just caught them a couple weeks ago and they stretched this out into an even longer jam, which I absolutely loved.
didn't hurt that it was a gorgeous night under the stars 
 dwhayslett wrote:

"Us" is not bored.
 
holy shit really?

you can play 3 Beatles songs during that dirge
 jonahboo wrote:
shave 3 minutes off the intro and ya got sumthin there

don't bore us, get to the chorus
 
"Us" is not bored.
After years of musing about how odd a band name was for a non-Goth band it finally occurred to me to look up it's origin. I was rather surprised to discover Death Cab for Cutie was originally a song title - by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Didn't see that coming. I've heard/owned a fair amount of the Bonzo's music over the years but obviously missed THAT one!
Good stuff Bill!
Amazing.
 jonahboo wrote:
shave 3 minutes off the intro and ya got sumthin there

don't bore us, get to the chorus
 
I just went 7 to 8 today based on the perfect-length intro....I don't think the song would have been as creepy without the long intro.  The video is great too!  LLRP!!
 Stratocaster wrote:
Love DCFC. Hate this song. Repetitive drivel. Nowhere near their best work.
 
And that's the beauty of RP. Not Top 40 shyte.  We get the "real" stuff.
shave 3 minutes off the intro and ya got sumthin there

don't bore us, get to the chorus
Repetitious, boring, dull!  Did I mention repetitious? 
 naomin wrote:
He's awfully confident.
 

Confidence is key
He's awfully confident.
sounds like a repetitious looping of daniel lanois or something. bass line is dull. 
Straight 10 to my ears
 BCarn wrote:
Good band. I always discover bands about 10 years late.
 
Considering they're from Bellingham, I'm surprised that you or I failed to discover them until 'late' - this one's a 7 for me, I have some of their tunes higher and some lower, Long Live RP!!
Good band. I always discover bands about 10 years late.
Love DCFC. Hate this song. Repetitive drivel. Nowhere near their best work.
Sucker for that bass line...
Until you've seen these guys live, you will never truly know music genius.  This band just never fails to amaze.  
love this band, and they're family now
My boy and I saw this live a few weeks back and it was tremendous.  Shame the venue couldn't cope with the bass output cos the whole structure was buzzing.  I bet they needed a few replacement light bulbs.
I'm french, and I love this webite and particulary this music, I'm so happy with this beautiful day, the sunshine is really great for my skin !! 
Saw them live earlier this month, they put on a great show, and great to see them.


Proclivities wrote:
I guess this post somehow relates to this song, but is there really a song with a "B#" chord?

 
BillG wrote:

Yeah. It uses only the white keys on the piano. In major.
 

More properly called C major. Didn't see the context of the original B# reference, but I suspect that was a joke.
Sweet transition Bill. BGs to the Death Cab. Again only hear on RP. No typo.
 fatcatjb wrote:
cool song...but these lyrics? Is it just me?
 
Hard to tell.  "...but these lyrics?" could mean any number of things.  Or none.
Make it stop. Please!
So great, like the music video also !!                          
I second that…
 

DocStrangelove wrote:
tuneless, repetitive, annoying
bury this one
 

Years ago I made a video of an edit of the final showdown of the characters in Steven Speilberg's early film Duel with Dennis Weaver on a lonely mountain road being pursued by a crazy semi truck driver. I used this song as the soundtrack. It was amazing how well it worked, with the plodding bass line for the climb up the mountain, which stops when the singing starts and the car began careening down the mountain. I put it up on YouTube, but they took it down. I guess it violated the band or the movie copyright. It was fun while it lasted.
I'd follow this with the Monkees' "Me and Magdalena," which is also by Gibbard.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Stalker songs dressed up as love songs is a tradition.

No worse than The Police's Every Breath You Take.

Or The Toadies' Tyler (which is really amazing to hear delusional fans defend as "totally not about a stalker").
 
I see the merit in all your comparisons, but I don't think this is "dressed up" in the same disguise as other such tunes...
"There are days when outside your window
I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective
When we'll be lovers, lovers at last"

"You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won't let you let me down so easily"

DC4C lays it right out with stalker rationale stated up front.
 fatcatjb wrote:
cool song...but these lyrics? Is it just me?
 
Stalker songs dressed up as love songs is a tradition.

No worse than The Police's Every Breath You Take.

Or The Toadies' Tyler (which is really amazing to hear delusional fans defend as "totally not about a stalker").
cool song...but these lyrics? Is it just me?
 spammer wrote:


Eeek! Sounds like Nils Lofgren singing without the great guitar.In other words,extremely painful to listen to.

 
{#Think}      {#Yes}
 DocStrangelove wrote:
tuneless, repetitive, annoying
bury this one
 Agreed - bin it.

Is this the most often played son on rp?
this song is the definition of monotony. I get better music on hold to my insurance company.
I see people complaining about the creepiness of the song. but is that not the point of the song? Other bands have done songs from this obsessive perspective (like the Police's "I will be watching you") because it's interesting, and very sadly is a thing that happens in real life.
 
Personally I think the song is effective ion how it feels kinda hectic and persistent, and, ultimately, scary.
 
So yeah, that's my take. I may be mistaking people's observations of the creepiness with complaint, and if that's the case i apologise.
 
All the best,
 
Be nice to people.
tuneless, repetitive, annoying
bury this one
Someone please punch this song in the face. 
You can HAVE my heart if I could only hear some of the earlier, more tuneful less avant garde DCFC tracks.  
Great song, hypnotic groove, then the singing starts. Drags it from a 9 to a 5. 
 Grammarcop wrote:
Creep Factor 10.

 
Dare I, 11


Eeek! Sounds like Nils Lofgren singing without the great guitar.In other words,extremely painful to listen to.
Creep Factor 10.
I'd wager whatever creep-geek who came up with this one stumbles around pubs, appropriately wasted, trying to recite Shelley poems to dramatically attractive women. 
Kill it with fire {#Fire}
My favorite thing I've yet heard from Death Cab.  My only criticism is I actually think the song is too short.
Love this song & a great live band.  Bill, add We Laugh Indoors to the playlist!!!  {#Drummer}
 ziggytrix wrote:
In my head I sometimes hear this song with Kermit the Frog singing the vocals.

I'd really like to hear that in the real world, even if it wouldn't change it all that much. 

 
this is hilarious.
 Proclivities wrote:

 I guess this post somehow relates to this song, but is there really a song with a "B#" chord?  
 
Yeah. It uses only the white keys on the piano. In major.
 stunix wrote:
back in 1978. 
songwriter:   I got a new song, here is the chords, e, f, g, e, f, a, g.
record company : no, been done, thats smoke on the water.
songwriter: oh ... erm  e, f, g, e, f, a, a, g?
record company: nope, been done.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g? 
record company: nope, been done.
2017
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: nope, Tom Petty Ed Sheeran.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, c, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, b, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: nope, Tom Petty Taylor Swift.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: ahh yes we think you can have that one, but we want something more poppy so it will be a hit, else we wont release it but we will charge you for the marketing and studio time.

 
 I guess this post somehow relates to this song, but is there really a song with a "B#" chord?  
back in 1978. 
songwriter:   I got a new song, here is the chords, e, f, g, e, f, a, g.
record company : no, been done, thats smoke on the water.
songwriter: oh ... erm  e, f, g, e, f, a, a, g?
record company: nope, been done.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g? 
record company: nope, been done.
2017
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: nope, Tom Petty Ed Sheeran.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, c, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, b, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: nope, Tom Petty Taylor Swift.
songwriter: oh ... erm  a#, a, f, g, e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, g,c, b# c b# c, d , f e, f, a, a, g, a#, a, f, ?
record company: ahh yes we think you can have that one, but we want something more poppy so it will be a hit, else we wont release it but we will charge you for the marketing and studio time.
 
Interesting. All the criticism of this song taken, it is still  a 100% better song than any song on modern commercial radio that torments me despairs me, when I am trapped in my car.
 ... PSD is not working "
 What do you mean?
Unfortunately, PSD is not working.
 stunix wrote:
I can see why she left him now.

 
Some songs just make you want to comment.
7
PSD gods are with me today
time signature sounds like 14
Such a fun song to groove to...'you gotta some time, Love' .. :)
 jhorton wrote:
jhorton wrote:
Record producer guy: Ok guys, we have, like ten minutes to fill on the new album, any ideas?

Singer guy: I have about twelve syllables that I am like, totally in love with, I could just sing them over and over for ten minutes.

Bass player guy: I have this little bass line that is exactly twelve beats long. I can easily play it for 10 minutes.

Singer guy: Excellent, let's wrap this thing up so I can go home and bang my super hot actress wife, Gwyneth.

Bass player guy: Er, dude, that's not your wife, that's the Coldplay guy.

Singer guy: Are you sure?

Bass player guy: Yep.

Singer guy: I am always getting us confused.

Bass Player: Everyone does.

Singer guy: Do you think I could fool Gwyneth?

Bass player guy: Prolly not. Maybe if you sing to her in the dark.

Singer guy: Somebody get my agent on the phone. 

 

Teehee! Can't believe I wrote that more than five years ago. If only I could remember what I was drinking that night? 
 
That's not only funny, it still rings true to me!  In fact, I need to do a system reboot to finish installing some new software, good time to do so!
In my head I sometimes hear this song with Kermit the Frog singing the vocals.

I'd really like to hear that in the real world, even if it wouldn't change it all that much. 
Creepy song. Gets inside the mind of the stalker you can't seem to get rid ot. Nothing romantic here.
4 -> 3
 bb_matt wrote:
This gets boring real quick. The same bass loop all the way through. Meh.

 
This comes off way better live. In fact it's fucking awesome. Watch this youtube set they performed at Bonaroo music festival. This song is at around the 23:50 mark, and it's really set up by what comes previously in the set so if you really want to get the feel of it you've got to watch at least the song leading up to it. But I agree...this is lame in comparison...believe me, like night and day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9AI82n7ZIE
 jhorton wrote:
 jhorton wrote:
Record producer guy: Ok guys, we have, like ten minutes to fill on the new album, any ideas?

Singer guy: I have about twelve syllables that I am like, totally in love with, I could just sing them over and over for ten minutes.

Bass player guy: I have this little bass line that is exactly twelve beats long. I can easily play it for 10 minutes.

Singer guy: Excellent, let's wrap this thing up so I can go home and bang my super hot actress wife, Gwyneth.

Bass player guy: Er, dude, that's not your wife, that's the Coldplay guy.

Singer guy: Are you sure?

Bass player guy: Yep.

Singer guy: I am always getting us confused.

Bass Player: Everyone does.

Singer guy: Do you think I could fool Gwyneth?

Bass player guy: Prolly not. Maybe if you sing to her in the dark.

Singer guy: Somebody get my agent on the phone. 

 
Teehee! Can't believe I wrote that more than five years ago. If only I could remember what I was drinking that night? 


 


Not gonna hate too hard but I just can't take Ben - especially his voice.  How can he be drab and plain yet utterly grating at the same time?
When I hear the warped piano at the very beginning I think it's Wilco's Heavy Metal Drummer and am sorely disappointed. I wish RP would play the radio edit instead of this loooooong version.
Was going to give a 1 but upped to a 3 just for the audacity needed to record such a dreary load of old cobblers.
{#Guitarist}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}
creepy song. like a stalker professing his love. best left unheard by non-professionals
This gets boring real quick. The same bass loop all the way through. Meh.
Thank you young Sarah for introducing me to these guys and expanding my horizon.
{#Yes}
where are the clues?
The Intro is fantastic {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Sunny}
Nice groove!
Oy. Get on with it!
 daniel_rusk wrote:
Let's make a suck song even longer and torturous,

 
Agreed!
The ultimate stalker song, "Every breath you take" by the Police.

passsion8 wrote:

Adding to the list of stalker songs, add "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan, and "The Moment I Said It" by Imogen Heap. 

 


Fantastic, cool band, a nice track though not my favorite - always interesting even when they miss a little. Saw them at the Santa Barbara bowl last year with Best Coast, and were killer.
Let's make a suck song even longer and torturous,
If only he possessed some talent.
I am making a prediction that this will in fact be a future classic track.
I'm listening to this on a 30 year old  Naim system cranked up to loud, what a band!
Me gusta el ritmo ... y la letra ... i'll possess your heart ... 
I can see why she left him now.
This has none of the appeal of say "Home is a Fire", which album came out three years after this. Compared to that, this is almost unbearably monotonous to me. So rather than whine, I'll go listen to that:)
Recently in the local radio market, one the the best known, respected djs has taken a leave of absence due to a stalker. He got hold of her e-mails, phone numbers & address. Stalker insisted that they had a "relationship." Restraining orders did not work. She finally had to go to Court this week.

Good Luck Mary and hopefully the Judge has some perspective and the stalker goes to jail-not just "probation" that won't work with him. 

I still like this song even though I have had to deal with stalkers too. 
 linden wrote:

"You Belong to Me" — The Doobie Brothers

 
Adding to the list of stalker songs, add "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan, and "The Moment I Said It" by Imogen Heap. 
 a_genuine_find wrote:

I believe that is DC's intention.

 
Artistically or in earnest?

It's been pointed out this is quite a new song after the Rodger atrocity. So is this the Art of Difficult Subjects? Or are these guys just creeps with guitars?
 stalfnzo wrote:
Kind of creepy. Sounds like stalking to me. Still, great song.
 

 
I believe that is DC's intention.
10  {#Bananajam}10

Loved this song from the first moment I heard this bass riff almost six years ago and still love it today.
Kind of creepy. Sounds like stalking to me. Still, great song.
 
great PSD gift! {#Notworthy}
 drictor wrote:


Yup, what he said.

 
What they said. Great tune, great voice.
 Darkmatter wrote:

I'd say "Every step you take" by the Police belongs to the creepy stalker song subgenre as well.

 

The video definitely takes it into the violent stalker subgenre- the look on Sting's face makes me feel uncomfortable.
BTW- Love this one-it builds and builds into mental illness obsession
Great track!!
 Slipstream wrote:
This sounds very similar to Porcupine Tree (with the exception of the vocals, obviously)--anyone else getting that vibe from the instrumental sections?
 
Yes. Happy me.