Flashback – Transatlanticism

Reflections, a painting by American artist Tina Bradford that relates to my (personal) vision of "The Sound of Settling"

It’s Monday Morning once again, and all I’ve been thinking about this past weekend is my life and my future and everything. All the things I’ve said, all the stuff I’ve done, and where am I now? Did it mean anything? Will the choices that I make, that I have made, matter to anyone? Will your choices have an impact as well?

And most of all, I’ve been thinking about the importance of love in relation to all of this.

Death Cab for Cutie is and always will be the defining sound of my youth. Ben Gibbard just knows what I’m thinking and can articulate it with more clarity and better poeticism than I can. Listen to the lyrics of songs, guys, it’s always important. So today, I offer you “The Sound of Settling”, from 2002’s Transatlanticism–though funny enough, it always felt more like a Plans song to me–in my opinion one of the greatest albums of all-time:

I’ve got a hunger
Twisting my stomach into knots
That my tongue was tied off

My brain’s repeating
“if you’ve got an impulse let it out”
But they never make it past my mouth.

Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah

Our youth is fleeting
Old age is just around the bend
And i can’t wait to go grey

And i’ll sit and wonder
Of every love that could’ve been
If I’d only thought of something charming to say.

Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah
Baa bah, this is the sound of settling
Baa bah, baa bah

I’ve got a hunger twisting my stomach into knots.

Make of that what you will, it’s purposefully vague and it’s almost 6 in the morning.

Death Cab for Cutie – “The Sound of Settling”

About Dylan Visvikis

Dylan Visvikis is a working screenwriter and director in Los Angeles. View all posts by Dylan Visvikis

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