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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

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Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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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



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.



Solkan55

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



Justin Baker

Get some help with that. It’s no way to live.

What’s the point of life if you’re constantly consumed with the thought that you’re gonna die one day?

We all die. It’s unavoidable. It’s also nothing to be afraid of.

Most people that grow old are far more accepting of that fact. Some even long for the release.

I’d like to believe that when I’m old as dirt and am on my way out I won’t be afraid. I’ll be ready to go. I’ll have lived my life, raised my children and accomplished what I wanted. What more could a person desire?

I’ve always thought death will be a lot like it was before I was born. The absence of everything. No consciousness, no feelings, no thoughts, nothing. You wouldn’t even be aware of it. It’s really nothing to be scared of. You won’t have the ability to be afraid of it. So why let it control your life?

I assume you’re young. Deal with your fear now so you can enjoy what time you have left.

I’d bet if you do you’ll be ready and willing to go when your time comes.



Joe Hafiz

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
Catholic school, as vicious as Roman rule
I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black
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
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
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
I'll follow you into the dark



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TrickyTheFolf

6 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.

tiny add on here: He was... he had such a bright hope in him, he wanted to be a game designer someday and well, he was also known by his friends as a good pixel artist and an even greater person, and although me and his friends dont talk anymore, i.. i hope they atleast remember him, because they don't really remember me anymore, but i made a sort of vow to keep his name alive, make him always remembered.

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..

Slamdangles

Dusk is very, very proud of you.

T Rog

I love you.. you can love you... It's okay... To love you....OK. 🌻💙🌻🎶🎶🎶🎶

Mish

I'm so incredibly sorry for your loss, RIP DUSK, you sought to keep his name alive and you definitely managed to do that. I hope you have peace and I hope you're doing well. Congratulations for graduating

Ante Mitar

Rip

mohit mukhi

sending you a lot of strength, warmth and the best of everything. Im sure he is proud of you, and so is everyone in your life. May you always be blessed 😊🤗

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billy2rivers1

I lost my wife at Christmas 2021 it wrecked me. We had a nice 34 years .I bloody miss her but I held her as she died.

Flow

Condolences...

Dianne Hawkins

I’m so sorry for your loss. I know that means nothing and doesn’t lessen the pain, but I’m truly sorry that you lost her. I just wanted you to know that someone out in this huge world we all live in, cares.

ScienceFoundation

As sad as it sounds, I was introduced to this song by a girl from Canada that I never met in person. We met somewhere around 2001 on MSN chat and talked for hours a day for years and one night on video chat she just started singing, it hit me on a deep level. That was well over a decade ago and it's just stuck with me like a bad habit. Sadly we grew up and drifted apart.

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