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I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Death Cab for Cutie Lyrics


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

In 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

And 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
But it's nothing to cry about
'Cause we'll hold each other soon
In the blackest of rooms

And 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

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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Rafa Ortiz

I'm going to write it first in my mother tongue because I want to express the way I feel about what you wrote about your BF Dusk. It really moved me, but I'll translate afterwards, so everyone will be able to understand:

Sea donde sea que esté nunca estará solo ni será olvidado. Estará siempre en tu recuerdo y esperándote. Nunca será olvidado. Tu comentario es realmente conmovedor, lleno de verdadero amor. Es siempre difícil y muy doloroso ver cómo alguien a quien queremos con todo nuestro ser se va. Más aún cuando es de una forma tan dura. Solo quisiera transmitirte mis más profundas condolencias, y reconocer el valor y la fuerza que demuestras siguiendo adelante. Requiere mucha valentía aguantar el dolor emocional y expresarlo públicamente. Todo esto dice mucho sobre el tipo de persona que eres, y por como hablas de tu novio, también de cómo era él. Si tomó esa determinación, no puedo siquiera imaginar cómo fue su pasado. De lo que estoy seguro es de que si no es por ti, hubiera sucedido antes. Debes estar orgullosa de tu graduado. Mucha fuerza y te deseo lo mejor.

Translation: wherever he is, he will never be alone nor forgotten. He will ever be in your heart and he will be remembered, and somehow waiting for you.
Your commentary, is loaded with pure love. It's always difficult and extremely painful to behold how someone who you love with all your heart is gone. More so, when it happens in such a hard way.
I would like to tell you how deeply sorry am for your loss, and I want to give you my condolences. But I want to tell you as well, that it takes a lot of courage the way you are moving forward and sharing your feelings like this.
What you wrote says a lot about the kind of person that you are. And it says a lot about your boyfriend too because of the way that you talk about him and how he was like.
If he took that path, I can't even imagine the ordeal he have had to endure to take such a drastic decision which has led him to the bitter end.
But I'll tell you this: what I'm sure about is that, if it you wouldn't have been in the picture, his departure would had happen before. You were a pillar for him and he was accompanied by a kind person until the end.
You must be proud about your degree, he would have been as well for sure. You are a very strong person who happen to have suffered a horrible event in your life. I wish you the best. You have already suffered more than you were supposed to by far. You got my respect.



Abel Rojas

It's not just depression that can be interpreted this way, though I can see that, too. I think it's more of acceptance of someone passing, and then acceptance of our own fate - that we too will one day be gone.

At first he tries to live life normally, but there's a hole - that one's the obvious take. But then, he gets curious, and when he does, he's terrified by the spider. He doesn't know what's beyond that hole, he's scared and confused and lost about what happens when the light fades. The hole just keeps getting bigger until he either falls or jumps in - he either accepts death as a part of life, or it will come to him before he has time to really think about it - possibly speaking of those whose lives are cut short.

All in all, it's a profoundly sympathetic song. So I don't see it so much as "the pain of you gone is too much, I can't take it anymore" like i did when I first heard this in high school. Instead it's that bittersweet acknowledgement that we aren't here for long, and we comfort each other and ourselves in the idea that "it's going to be okay. You can rest now, and I'll join you later," because that beautiful, but terrible thought that we can't spend every joyful moment and memory with someone we absolutely treasure is something we all have to face. It fucking sucks, and it feels like your life is flipped on its head, but we all go through it, and we all need comfort.

This song is both that comfort, and that mortal reminder - like the images in each line that almost contradict each other (being taught that fear is the heart of love, so running away is love isn't it? We will hold each other again, but it will be eternal darkness, etc.)

Anyway, long story long, it's meant to bring comfort in a time of confusion and pain, and one where there are no answers that will be satisfactory - we just want our loved ones to stay, and to know they'll be okay, and thus, we'll be okay, too.



sleepless night

Lyrics:

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

In 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

And 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
But it's nothing to cry about
'Cause we'll hold each other soon
In the blackest of rooms

And 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



SinfulSabbath

Buckle up, it's a long one.
My current boyfriend played this song for me when we first started dating, and I immediately went and sobbed on the phone. We met over Xbox, we'd both gone through WAY TOO MUCH for a couple of 30 year olds, as far as relationships. He went from Florida to NJ to visit his mom once, and after 9 years together and 3 kids, while he was in NJ, she TEXTED him that she'd been seeing someone behind his back and that he "should just stay in NJ with his mom."
Her literal words to him. He no longer gets to contact his children because she's spiteful and her boyfriend, the one she cheated with, coaches her on how to be an even bigger cunt toward him. What's even more fucked up, the dude used to be a good friend of his.
My bf is a phenomenal father, and she took that from him. On top of all the other mental, physical and emotional abuse she piled on him over the years.
I'm a mother to my only daughter I'll ever have. Her father was abusive in EVERY aspect of our relationship, comparing me to other women, physically, to my face. Hitting me and pushing me into walls then telling me I was being too sensitive if I cried or got mad because he's "only joking". Among lots of other things that would make anyone uncomfortable, and I'd rather not go into a PTSD episode. He's an okay dad now, he's got two other daughters with his girlfriend, he lets my daughter video call me when she gets home from school if she's not busy.
None of that excuses the past trauma, and my therapy bills.
Every other relationship I've been in, I was ghosted or cheated on. I have abandonment issues because of that.
So when I met my boyfriend on Xbox, we started talking, getting serious fast, fast feelings and sparks flying, we were instant soulmates, but of course I was terrified. I was so scared to let him in, fully. We weren't even in front of each other, so what was stopping him from stabbing me in the back?
I was the first to say "I think I love you", after a month of dating through video chatting and playing video games. Understandably, he was iffy too, but he said he felt the same.
I felt like fireworks were going off in my chest. I'd never felt that before in my life.
But yet, I was still terrified.
One day, we'd been talking on the phone ALL DAY, from the time we woke up til late that night, and as I laid in bed in the dark, sleepily telling him that I wished I could really show him how I felt, how much I just instantly loved him, like we were always supposed to find each other, he sends me this song, and says "this should sum it up, right?"
When I say I bawled and sobbed quietly to myself, listening to him sing along (he has a beautiful voice💕) I had tears rolling down my cheeks constantly, dripping all over my shirt.
In that moment, I knew.
He's the one I'm meant to be with for the rest of my life, and this is our song.
Even now, trying to sing along to it, I can't even get the words out without bawling my eyes out.
This song basically helped me fall in love, for real. It helped me make a huge decision in my life, and I'm glad I did.
I love you with my whole soul and being, TJ. You're the absolute light of my life and everything in it. I'm so lucky and thankful to have found you, to be able to love you, and be your partner. You make me feel important and loved beyond measure, and I hope I do the same for you. We've had so many firsts together, things we never got to experience before in our past, because they didn't know how love really works. Because they didn't really love us. But this is real, we're real, and I'll always be so fucking happy to be able to wake up next to the best man I've ever known. I know you listen to this song often, so I'm sure you'll see this at some point.
I love you more than life itself, and I'll always be here. I'll follow you into the dark.
Best friends, and best partners, forever. 💜



All comments from YouTube:

TrickyTheFolf

5 years ago, i lost my boyfriend to suicide, he had abusive parents and.. i miss him deeply, i heard this song and... it fit perfectly.. anytime i miss him i just.. listen to this song and it helps me cope, Dusk, wherever you are, i miss you, i wish you weren't gone, you had such an impact on my life and.. i wont forget you.

I appreciate the kind words everyone.. i was just expecting it to be lost in the sea of comments.. so.. thank you..

Update: i have now graduated... i made it Dusk.. i hope you're proud of me..

Akshat Tejas

Hey am proud of u 💓

Rafa Ortiz

I'm going to write it first in my mother tongue because I want to express the way I feel about what you wrote about your BF Dusk. It really moved me, but I'll translate afterwards, so everyone will be able to understand:

Sea donde sea que esté nunca estará solo ni será olvidado. Estará siempre en tu recuerdo y esperándote. Nunca será olvidado. Tu comentario es realmente conmovedor, lleno de verdadero amor. Es siempre difícil y muy doloroso ver cómo alguien a quien queremos con todo nuestro ser se va. Más aún cuando es de una forma tan dura. Solo quisiera transmitirte mis más profundas condolencias, y reconocer el valor y la fuerza que demuestras siguiendo adelante. Requiere mucha valentía aguantar el dolor emocional y expresarlo públicamente. Todo esto dice mucho sobre el tipo de persona que eres, y por como hablas de tu novio, también de cómo era él. Si tomó esa determinación, no puedo siquiera imaginar cómo fue su pasado. De lo que estoy seguro es de que si no es por ti, hubiera sucedido antes. Debes estar orgullosa de tu graduado. Mucha fuerza y te deseo lo mejor.

Translation: wherever he is, he will never be alone nor forgotten. He will ever be in your heart and he will be remembered, and somehow waiting for you.
Your commentary, is loaded with pure love. It's always difficult and extremely painful to behold how someone who you love with all your heart is gone. More so, when it happens in such a hard way.
I would like to tell you how deeply sorry am for your loss, and I want to give you my condolences. But I want to tell you as well, that it takes a lot of courage the way you are moving forward and sharing your feelings like this.
What you wrote says a lot about the kind of person that you are. And it says a lot about your boyfriend too because of the way that you talk about him and how he was like.
If he took that path, I can't even imagine the ordeal he have had to endure to take such a drastic decision which has led him to the bitter end.
But I'll tell you this: what I'm sure about is that, if it you wouldn't have been in the picture, his departure would had happen before. You were a pillar for him and he was accompanied by a kind person until the end.
You must be proud about your degree, he would have been as well for sure. You are a very strong person who happen to have suffered a horrible event in your life. I wish you the best. You have already suffered more than you were supposed to by far. You got my respect.

Basho JanGGooN

😢😢😢

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Another one 🤧

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Riverside

I can't believe I remembered the existence of this video so conveniently that I completely missed the period of time where the audio got taken out, and came back just as it returned

Jenn Park

Synchronicity. Timing is key as is patience. Never cut out unless you are sure its a lost cause. I hate those love stories where the soulmates keep missing one another by a hair. If one had been patient and waited, they would have reunited. Always stay.

Cody Moore

First time I've ever seen the video. Love the song

Zake and Zach

Same

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