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


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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

Overall Meaning

The song "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie is a poignant and powerful meditation on the nature of love and mortality. The song confronts head-on the inevitability of death and the depths of love that persist beyond it. The lyrics paint a picture of a love that transcends even the afterlife, with the singer pledging to follow their loved one into the darkness of death if necessary.


The opening lines of the song - "Love of mine / Someday you will die / But I'll be close behind / I'll follow you into the dark" - immediately set the tone for the rest of the song. The singer acknowledges the inevitability of their loved one's death, but refuses to be separated from them. The imagery of "the dark" is ambiguous, but it is clear that the singer sees it as a place of finality and loss.


The second verse provides a contrast to the open declaration of the first. The singer describes the harsh realities of their past, including violence and fear, and seems to suggest that their love has been hard-won. Yet despite this struggle, they are willing to follow their loved one even into the unknown of death. The final verse brings the focus back to the present moment, with the lyrics "You and me have seen everything to see / From Bangkok to Calgary / And the soles of your shoes are all worn down." The wear and tear on their loved one's shoes is a sign of the journey they have taken together, and the conclusion is clear: "we'll hold each other soon / in the blackest of rooms."


Overall, "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" is a testament to the power of love and the human need for connection, even in the face of death.


Line by Line Meaning

Love of mine
Addressing a deeply cherished person


Someday you will die
Acceptance of the inevitability of death


But I'll be close behind
Intensifying the depth of their bond and assuring to be there throughout the journey


I'll follow you into the dark
Promising to overcome fears and follow them to the end even if it leads to darkness


No blinding light
Dismissing the idea of an afterlife filled with bright lights and such


Or tunnels, to gates of white
Rejecting the concept of a physical path leading to heaven


Just our hands clasped so tight
Interweaving this life they share together


Waiting for the hint of a spark
Hoping that something good lies on the other side of life


If Heaven and Hell decide that they both are satisfied
Referring to a supernatural external judgement determining one's fate


Illuminate the no's on their vacancy signs
Literal description of vacancy signs lighting up to indicate some sort of completion reached


If there's no one beside you when your soul embarks
Confirming that this is a journey to be taken together


Then I'll follow you into the dark
Echoing the title's ultimate promise again emphatically


In Catholic school, as vicious as Roman rule
A descriptive reference of how cruel the singer's experience was


I got my knuckles bruised by a lady in black
Elaborating on the aforementioned harshness


And I held my tongue as she told me 'Son, fear is the heart of love,' so I never went back
Describing how the fear tactic instilled into the singer as a youth has lingered, shaping their present beliefs


You and me have seen everything to see
Boasting a sense of completeness from shared experiences


From Bangkok to Calgary
Listing a spread of global destinations that they have travelled together


And the soles of your shoes are all worn down
A sign of a life that has been lived fully and actively


The time for sleep is now
Here, sleep serves as a stand-in for death, a final resting period


But it's nothing to cry about
Striving to not view death as something sorrowful


'Cause we'll hold each other soon
Focusing on the bond that holds them together


In the blackest of rooms
Giving emphasis to the ultimate darkness that matches the tone of the rest of the song


Then I'll follow you into the dark
Final reassurance that the singer will always choose to be with their loved one




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Written by: Benjamin Gibbard

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Frank

This song sucks

Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@TrickyDaFolf

7 years ago, i lost my boyfriend, and even though it was long distance, i still loved him alot.. and i thought because he had abusive parents.. i thought he offed himself honestly 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, because i always told him id be by his side.. 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..

Been 7 years, around this time today he.. he left... 9-18-15.



@sleeplessnight216

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-hv7eu

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.



@matt-oo6fu

@@Justin-hv7eu that's a lot of wasted words (all of which i've either heard before or thought of myself at least a thousand times) all to add up to the ultimate stupid asshole advice: "lol just get over it!!!!!!!"

I'm 26. This started when I was 7. stop for a single second, pull yourself out of your little savior-complexed ass and think about that. Nearly 20 years of constant awareness of your mortality. for nearly 20 years, you go to bed every single night and think "Another day is gone that I will never get back. I'm another day closer now."
And just try to imagine nothingness. Can you? Can you really? Can you imagine not existing? Everything just being gone, forever, and none of it mattered?
Can you honestly say it doesn't scare you at all?

I've been to therapy. I've been to church. I've meditated. I've worked around dead and dying things. I've done just about everything that I've ever heard anyone say helped them "come to terms" with morality, and it's all been bullshit.

But sure, Genius Stranger On The Internet. I'll just Get Over It because you said so.



All comments from YouTube:

@buellfuel2001

Sitting next to my exwife (I love her so much, but we let life get in the way) she is slowly moving on to her next destination in this journey. The pain from the cancer treatments were too much and she decided that she had had enough. I played this song for her, I held her hand and kissed her.

@TheHappys

You are better off without her sir get what you deserve. Any women that left when you got cancer isn’t cool. I know you had a lot of memories I’m sure but you deserve better.

@Persewna4

​@@TheHappys you're making some wild assumptions here. The way I read his comment is that his exwife is/was the one with cancer, her treatments were too painful so she elected to stop the treatments and move on to the next step in the journey of life, and that OP was by her side because he loves and cares for her still. I recognize where you came to your conclusion, the wording is subject to interpretation, however let's not by hasty in disparaging the character of a person you do not know and that another person has already stated they care for.

@thomasmiller2395

​@@TheHappysYou may have just committed one of the worst misreads of all time my friend.

@xerowolf4242

@@thomasmiller2395 To be fair, OP did call her his ex wife. I can easily see where the misunderstanding happened. But it was pretty terrible.

@makoto3212

@@TheHappys dumbass

@TrickyDaFolf

7 years ago, i lost my boyfriend, and even though it was long distance, i still loved him alot.. and i thought because he had abusive parents.. i thought he offed himself honestly 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, because i always told him id be by his side.. 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..

Been 7 years, around this time today he.. he left... 9-18-15.

@maryreneereuter7226

My boyfriend committed suicide a week after my 19th birthday the same year that this song came out. I used to hear it and burst into tears every time. Now I have the sheet music and play it. 15 years later I can actually get through it from start to finish, but only some of the time. It takes me right back to that feeling. I didn’t want him to be alone when his soul embarked. There are some types of pain that can never be fixed. This song takes me right back to that feeling.

@meghabiswas8359

Oh my god I'm so sorry for you😭 I'm sure he's fine 😇🥺

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