"Song for Kelly Huckaby" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Photographs of the best time you had,
Windows smudged by the speed.
Leaving home with our bags from Iron Street,
As morning turned into California,
And smoke trailed from the butt of my cigarette.
Our glass house it threw rocks at all those it past.

Waking up to the sound of 5 A.M. to take my turn at the wheel.
Climbed up Shasta, oh how the engine ached
As the sun tortured California,
And old alleys turned deep at the heart of me.
Murals of heroes defacing the blank concrete.

Vision tunneled, Mission Street, hunger beat
Lodged out as the engine wheezed.
Still moving regardless of stable ground
And this stable ground.

Photographs of the best time you had,
Windows smudged by the speed.
Leaving home with our bags from Iron street
As morning turned into California.


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"Song for Kelly Huckaby" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commenti can't believe no one's commented on this song. needless to say, it's one of my favorite dcfc songs. obviously it has something to do with a road trip...but other than i have no idea what it's about. it's just a beautiful song.
    riot_for_romanceon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYea, it's a very beautiful song... My cousin introduced me to this band, and I instantly fell in love with em...

    To me, I think it is definitely about some kind of road trip. But just him and a girl he was in love with. Maybe "Kelly Huckaby" was her name.
    f3nr0son March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti am in love with this song. i want to marry it.
    the magic toasteron March 11, 2003   Link
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    General Commentoh amazing song i dont think much has to be said
    xslicexpaperxwristxon March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHa, well, too bad the_magic_toaster, 'cos me and this song are already hitched. But, huh, I don't think there are any rules on threesome marriages with songs.

    This song, along with Company Calls Epilogue are my 2 favourites of my favourite band.
    Title_Trackon March 25, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthahaha....song bigamy...
    GrindrrXon April 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song! the lyrics..the music..ben's voice is great. I especially like the line "our glass house, it threw rocks at all those it passed". It's just got such a careless tone to it.
    stoppretendingon April 27, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthank you. nothing gets said half the time. we wouldn't be commenting if they weren't good songs.


    this song is about taking a road trip from bellingham to california
    i thought the lyrics was "waking up to the sound at 5 am" which would mean the Puget Sound
    Mt. Shasta i believe is in Oregon.
    and then they talk about california.
    It obviously talks about taking pictures in the car and how the outside blurs because the speed of the car
    and how you get used to staring at the road all day
    giving you tunnel vision
    dancehallhipson June 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdancehall sounds correct, except shasta is in california. "mission street..." probably refers to san francisco.
    sluggradon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentstrightedge eifel needs to start commenting on the songs and stop yelling at other people for discussing them, i happen to think thats exactly what the site if for, music fans talking about music.

    no to the song, roadtrip? yes thats what the lyrics are spelling out. meaning? im not sure, it feels like there is more to this song then just the trip, the way its sang, and the music that accompanies it just give off this tone. i can defently see a car motive with Death Cab, and anyone that has spent most of his or her life in a car going somewhere knows that it can affect your thinking, its all the alone with your thoughts time, its dangerous. esp when most of your trips are long and there is love involved.

    so yes the song is about a roadtrip, but only ben knows what else he was thinking about when he wrote it.
    phobos258on October 15, 2004   Link

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