Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I'm going to get this out there right now; I'm not a huge Death Cab for Cutie fan. I like some of their popular stuff (I Will Follow You Into The Dark, Soul Meets Body ...), but, as a whole? Not my favorite band.
But this song has simply captivated me.

Cath... is lovely in every way. The lyrics describe such an upsetting, bittersweet scenario; it's impossible not to sympathize with the character the song describes and her less-than-desirable situation. And the way this story is told, from a third person perspective, makes you feel as if you're stepping into the story, watching this scene play out - as if you're one of the people in the pews, whispering, "it won't last"; as if you're one of her friends, asking "what became of her".

Besides the powerful and heartbreaking lyrics, the instrumental melodies are quite impressive. The simple, yet effective, guitar which opens the song is probably my favorite part of the entire track, as far as instrumentals. Paired with the ticking symbol, the melody is catchy and keeps you tuned in for just a few bars, before the drums really kick in and you know the song has begun.

The only thing I don't like about this song is how quickly it seems to end. Clocking in at nearly four minutes, the track is not at all short; however, while you're listening, you get so drawn in to the storyline and the way the band presents it that you seem to loose track of time - until the same familiar guitar melody fades into the background of the final seconds of the song.

For a song with such a literal, straight-forward lyrical standpoint, I am surprised to find myself twisting the story in my own mind, discovering new ways to interpret the lyrics in a more figurative way. As a whole, I simple adore this song, and whether you see it from a literal or figurative standpoint, it's really just a one-of-a-kind track.

This is Cath... by Death Cab for Cutie.

Death Cab For Cutie - Cath... Official Music Video

Death Cab for Cutie

Cath, she stands with a well-intentioned man
But she can't relax with his hand on the small of her back
And as the flashbulbs burst, she holds a smile
Like someone would hold a crying child

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
'Cause your heart was dying fast, and you didn't know what to do

Cath, it seems that you live in someone else's dream
In a hand-me-down wedding dress
Where the things that could have been all repressed
But you said your vows, and you closed the door
On so many men who would have loved you more

And soon everybody will ask what became of you
'Cause your heart was dying fast, and you didn't know what to do

The whispers that it won't last roll up and down the pews
But if their hearts were dying that fast,
They'd have done the same as you
And I'd have done the same as you.


•¦Amy¦• said...

I am a Death Cab fan...not sure why they just appeal to me. It may be 'cause I'm going through a big soft rock stage right now (can you tell? lol.)

Great music. You should listen to their song Grape Vine Fires it has a Coldplay-ish sound to it.

Nice post.
Haha and I see you've put my draft post on the "things to look forward to". Lol.

cowgirl4christ said...

I'll take a listen :)

Yeah, lol. I noticed it when I went to make this post and thought I might as well put it up :p