A Dark and Nihilistic Moment Ruined by Poor Grammar
I found this item while making a playlist of some of my favorite songs. A Death Cab for Cutie fan posted the song and lyrics for Ben Gibbard’s song “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”.
It is a dark, troubling song: A man’s lover is going to die. He loves her so much that he cannot bear to face meaningless life without her, and vows that they will face death together. His rejection of traditional religion may be seen as delusional, or as existential acceptance of the inevitable. Listening to the song, we are drawn into his dark, nihilistic view — and at some point we find the idea of his meaningless death to be reasonable – perhaps even romantic.
Unfortunately, at time 1:05 a lyric is incorrectly posted. The word “you’re” is incorrectly used for the word “your”.
“If there’s no one beside you, when you’re soul embarks …”
is used, instead of the correct:
“If there’s no one beside you, when your soul embarks …”
It is a common mistake. Most people however, make the opposite mistake. The use of “your” for “you are” is very common. Thus, at an important existential moment in the song, we are taken into the deathly grasp of the bad grammatical choice – thus breaking our musical illusion. The YouTube user does make the correction, and shows the correct lyric at time 1:55 and again at 2:50 — but the damage has been done. We must now look away.
“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” is one of DCFC’s older songs, but it is also one of their greatest songs. The official Death Cab for Cutie video for this song, starring Mr. Gibbard himself is also available here from YouTube. It is a little creepy, but it is also very interesting. I might go as far to say this is ART!
Now don’t even get me started with punctuation …