I Will Possess Your Heart ~ Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997.

Death Cab for Cutie began as a solo project of Ben Gibbard while he was the guitar player for the band Pinwheel and was recording under the name All-Time Quarterback. As Death Cab for Cutie, Gibbard released a cassette titled You Can Play These Songs with Chords; the release was surprisingly successful and Gibbard decided to expand the project into a complete band. He recruited Chris Walla (who had also worked on the cassette) as a guitarist, Nick Harmer as bass player, and Nathan Good as drummer .  Death Cab for Cutie was officially formed at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, and lyrics from early songs include local references that were important to the band’s development. Many of the early songs were recorded in the basement of an Ellis Street home Gibbard lived in with several roommates in Bellingham.

The four released the LP Something About Airplanes on August 18, 1998. The album was favorably reviewed in the independent music scene and in 2000 the band released We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes. Nathan Good left the band at some point during this album’s production, replaced by Jayson Tolzdorf-Larson. Good’s playing on “The Employment Pages” and “Company Calls Epilogue” was kept, but Gibbard played drums on all other songs.  Although Tolzdorf-Larson did not contribute to the album, he did appear on the song, “Spring Break Broke” from the “Death Cab for Fiver” 7″ record. He also joined the band on two tours, including their first full U.S. tour. He was later replaced by Michael Schorr who would first appear on The Forbidden Love EP, released on October 24, 2000. In 2001, another LP was released, entitled The Photo Album. Limited editions of this album contained three bonus tracks, which were later released separately as The Stability EP. 

In 1998 the band met their long-term manager Jordan Kurland. Kurland had heard good things about them and after a failed attempt to see them play at South By Southwest finally hooked up with them when touring with his then client the band Crumb. 

In 2003, there was yet another change of drummer, with Jason McGerr of Eureka Farm replacing Schorr. McGerr would play drums on the next release, Transatlanticism,  which was released in October 2003. Tracks from the album appeared in the soundtracks of the television shows The O.C.,  Six Feet Under, CSI: Miami and Californication, and the films Wedding Crashers and Mean Creek. In spring of 2004, the band recorded a live EP titled The John Byrd EP, named for their sound engineer. The EP was released on Barsuk Records in March 2004

Gibbard took the band name from the title of the song written by Neil Innes and Vivian Stanshall and performed by their group, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, in The Beatles’ 1967 film, Magical Mystery Tour. The song’s name was in turn taken from an invented pulp fiction crime magazine, devised by Richard Hoggart as part of his 1957 study of working class culture The Uses of Literacy.

I Will Possess Your Heart

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How I wish you could see the potential,
the potential of you and me.
It’s like a book elegantly bound but,
in a language that you can’t read.
Just yet.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.

There are days when outside your window
I see my reflection as I slowly pass,
and I long for this mirrored perspective
when we’ll be lovers, lovers at last.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.

You reject my… advances… and desperate pleas…
I won’t let you… let me down… so easily.
So easily.

You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
You gotta spend some time, Love.
You gotta spend some time with me.
And I know that you’ll find, love
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.
I will possess your heart.

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One thought on “I Will Possess Your Heart ~ Death Cab For Cutie

  1. How I wish you could see the potential,
    the potential of you and me.
    It's like a book elegantly bound but,
    in a language that you can't read.
    Just yet.

    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.

    There are days when outside your window
    I see my reflection as I slowly pass,
    and I long for this mirrored perspective
    when we'll be lovers, lovers at last.

    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    I will possess your heart.
    I will possess your heart.

    You reject my… advances… and desperate pleas…
    I won't let you… let me down… so easily.
    So easily.

    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    You gotta spend some time, Love.
    You gotta spend some time with me.
    And I know that you'll find, love
    I will possess your heart.
    I will possess your heart.
    I will possess your heart.

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