Song Lyrics: The Sound of Settling


There’s nothing like a really upbeat, happy-sounding depressing song, is there?

I first heard this song, off Death Cab for Cutie’s 2003 album Transatlanticism, in the trailer for the Steve Martin movie Shopgirl. I loved it then and I love it now, as evidenced by it’s blasting through the speakers on the way to work today.

The second verse particularly stands out:

Our youth is fleeting,
Old age is just around the bend.
And I can’t wait to go gray.
And I’ll sit and wonder
Of every love that could’ve been.
If I’d only thought of something charming to say.

Ouch. We’ve all got our regrets. The times when our tongues didn’t work and we wish they did … or, the times when our tongues DID work and we wish they didn’t. But if you’re going to lament on your regrets, it’s best to celebrate it, which is what I think this song is about. Yes, we have regrets. Yes, we settle … but, boy, does it make good music!

Note: I always try to find the live versions of songs … just to see if the sound as good live as on CD … Plus, for this video, I just wanted to give Carson Daly a plug. He may need it.

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3 thoughts on “Song Lyrics: The Sound of Settling

  1. Um, can’t really think of anything in particular. They just have upbeat songs with somewhat contradictory lyrics in their stuff.

    Their latest album seems interesting. I haven’t listened to it yet, but it seems to be their own interpretations of verses out of the Bible.

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