Xmas songs no. 30: Death Cab for Cutie – “The New Year”

TransatlanticismA pretty obvious choice. From 2003’s Transatlanticism, the only Death Cab album I own and the one that seems to have struck a chord with most people my age. Sort of their breakthrough, in that it was their first album to chart and go gold which led to them getting signed to a major label. Anyway, the opening line in this song “So this is the new year, and I don’t feel any different” rather concisely encapsulates a feeling of stagnation and ennui that I think is common to a lot of us. It hits home for me, anyway.

So this is the new year
And I don’t feel any different
The clanking of crystal
Explosions off in the distance

So this is the new year
And I have no resolutions
For self-assigned penance
For problems with easy solutions

So everybody put your best suit or dress on
Let’s make believe that we are wealthy for just this once
Lighting firecrackers off on the front lawn
As thirty dialogues bleed into one

I wish the world was flat like the old days
Then I could travel just by folding a map
No more airplanes or speed trains or freeways
There’d be no distance that could hold us back

There’d be no distance that could hold us back

So this is the new year

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