Possessing her heart never seemed so creepy

Nick Glunt

My absolute favorite song is Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Possess Your Heart.” It’s an eight-minute song with a four-minute instrumental introduction. The music gets louder and louder as a piano, an electric guitar and other instruments join in, repeating the same epic melody until the lyrics begin.

The song is beautifully crafted and Ben Gibbard’s voice lends the song an enticing story. The song is written to a woman who is disinterested in the speaker, even though he keeps insisting that she give him a chance. Seems romantic, right?


I love the song so much, but I can’t help but think the lyrics are really freaking creepy. They literally insist and insist and insist that the girl give him a chance, to which she apparently continually refuses. Not to mention, the very phrase “I will possess your heart” is a little creepy. I mean, who says “I’ll make you love me,” like that? It’s just awkward.

I can let all of that pass, though. I mean, women seem to think all kinds of creepy stuff are romantic nowadays. Need proof? Have you seen the way Edward Cullen creeps on Bella Swan in the “Twilight” movies? Case in point.

The weirdest thing about the song comes in the second verse. I think it works best if I just quote it here:

“There are days when out- side 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.”

So basically, he’s a stalker. Who knows if the girl the speaker is talking to even knows about him. Here he is, driving past her house, looking in her window and wishing he were inside.

Don’t get me wrong. The song’s pretty much epic, but those lyrics make me hope that chick’s got a restraining order against him.

Nick Glunt is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].