Weekly Assignments

I Will Possess Your Heart – A love song?


For my last weekly assignment I selected the “How does a song make you feel?” assignment from the Writing Assignments section. I chose this assignment because I sometimes listen to music all day (I really cannot stand silence lol).

Behind the Work

Rap and Alternative are my favorite genres of music and pretty much the only music I listen to. I’m also really picky when it comes to songs: I can like 1 song by a band, but that doesn’t mean I love the band or the rest album.

Death Cab for Cutie is one of the select bands I LOVE.

In particular, their song I Will Possess Your Heart is my all time favorite. The gradual build of the instruments and the beauty behind the lead singer’s, Ben Gibbard’s, voice. It is a long song, but definitely worth a listen.

During the Work

I found the album version of the music video and linked it to my tweet, along with how the song makes me feel. This assignment didn’t take too long and I didn’t have any complications completing it.

I realize other’s may not enjoy listening to only instrumental music and this is a long song. To listen to the song when the lyrics start begin at: 4:40.

At a first glance, the song itself is very upbeat and seems like a happy song… but, the meaning behind it might surprise you:

The song is basically about a stalker. It’s about this nice guy who wants this girl he can’t have, and he believes they’ll be together once she realizes how great he is—he just has to wait it out. That’s the part that makes the song really creepy, the delusion of thinking that they were meant to be together. It’s a really dark song. A lot of the material is about the inevitable disappointment people feel as they move through life, and things don’t feel the way they expect. No experience will ever match up to the idealized version in your mind.

Ben Gibbard on Paste Magazine

The song depicts a one-sided obsessive relationship, which led Paste to name it one of the 25 creepiest songs about love.

I Will Possess Your Heart Wikipedia

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