But even though most of you already have this one, it IS my favorite, sweet song about death. And true love. Check it out:
If Heaven and Hell decide
That they both are satisfied
Illuminate the NOs on their vacancy signs
If there's no one beside you
When your soul embarks
I'll follow you into the dark.
The mellow, nighttime strum of the acoustic guitar. The ability to rhyme decide with satisfied. The utter poetry of the unusually clear, yet sweetly dorky lyrics. The lowvoiced lyricist Gibbard, practically solo voice as befits a song this intimate and declaratory, crooning the ultimate love song -- I mean, rejecting fear as the heart of love to declare that, if you're alone when you die, I'll die with you, uncrying and bold -- man, that is as good as love gets, ever.
I was planning on posting a few They Might Be Giants songs with "dead" in the title, too. But John and John fans will have to wait.
Nothing holds a candle to Death Cab for Cutie's I Will Follow You Into The Dark.
Buy Plans direct from the distributor. Because legal is good. And so is Ben Gibbard.
Bonus: I seem to have a live version of the same song floating around my hard drive. The quality is mostlygood, but the power of the song can be heard in the audience crooning along. Take it, too. And learn to sing along. And may we all be so brave in love.