Song of the Day #3,487: ‘Title and Registration’ – Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie’s 2003 album Transatlanticism is a record I’m sure I’d love if I took the time to listen. It is a melancholy break-up album that has received wide critical acclaim — exactly my cup of tea.

I’m not sure why I haven’t taken the time to get to know it. Probably just an accident of timing, which kept it out of my rotation when it first came out and then saw it filed away and overshadowed by a decade and a half of new musical discoveries.

But I will let today’s Random iTunes Weekend serve as a sign that I should give this album the attention it deserves. If today’s SOTD is any indication, I’ll be happy I did.

[Verse 1]
The glove compartment
Is inaccurately named
And everybody knows it
So I’m proposing
A swift, orderly change
Because behind its door
There’s nothing to keep my fingers warm
And all I find
Are souvenirs from better times
Before the gleam
Of your taillights fading east
To find yourself a better life

[Verse 2]
I was searching
For some legal document
As the rain beat down on the hood
When I stumbled upon
Pictures I tried to forget
And that’s how this idea
Was drilled into my head
Because it’s too important
To stay the way it’s been

[Verse 3]
There’s no blame
For how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone
It’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here I rest
Where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night

[Instrumental]

[Verse 4]
And there’s no blame
For how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone
It’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here I rest
Where disappointment and regret, collide
Lying awake at night
Up all night
When I’m lying awake at night

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,487: ‘Title and Registration’ – Death Cab For Cutie

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Maybe, at least on a subconscious level, the band’s name, though incongruous to their music, deters you from playing their albums.

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