I don’t know how it I managed to do it, but I had never listened to a Death Cab for Cutie song; it’s just not a genre I really seek out. Sure, maybe I heard it in the background somewhere, or on television, but they never really caught my interest or my ear, until now that is.
I was in a store over the weekend and used an app on my phone to find out what song this was and have been listening to it quite a bit since then.
It’s achingly beautiful. I came to love the lyrics only after a few listens – a very odd occurrence for a person who usually memorizes lyrics by the second listen of a song. Reason being, I just couldn’t get over the haunting melody. In that vain, it reminds me so much of The Cure’s Lovesong, which is a favorite of mine.
It takes a while to build, but it’s worth it once you’re about 2 minutes in, with my favorite lyrics, I do believe it’s true, that there are roads left in both of our shoes. From that point on, the song really soars. Speaking of lyrics, I love songs that allow you to interpret the words however you feel, and this is definitely one of those songs. Just do a quick search of the meaning and you’ll find dozens of different opinions. In my opinion, that’s what makes it even better – you can take whatever personal meaning out of it that you choose.
Give it a listen.