"Lowell, MA" as written by Christopher Walla and Benjamin Gibbard....
You've been forewarned of the skake-shakedown.
Opinions stamped on the pulp of the tabloid newsstand gossip that stacks at your door.

You swallowed the last of free MA.
Car starts, four windows lowered away.
Last views of cityscapes crumbling.

Skyscrapers sink into the ground.
All static, no noise, turn the radio down.
Those bandwidth signals can't reach that far.

Don't go holding out on me now.
Don't go holding.

I thought that you had come to expect
I thought that you had come to expect more
I thought that you had come to expect
I thought that you had come to expect more

You've been forewarned of the skake-shakedown.
Opinions stamped on the pulp of the tabloid newsstand gossip that stacks at your door.

Don't go holding out on me now
Don't go holding out on me now
Don't go holding out on me now
Don't go holding


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"Lowell, MA" as written by Christopher Walla Benjamin Gibbard

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    General Commentlowell, ma, hometown of me.

    yea this song is great.. it really speaks of the city, because you drive 5 seconds from dracut, the town right next door.. and it is all suburban and farmy, right into the "cityscapes". and its sad, because it is a town with so much history, but it is crumbling into nothing.
    StupedRockerGirlon May 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about him leaving Lowell, which he describes as being old and crumbling (because Lowell is full of old building dating back to the Industrial Revolution). Driving away as he leaves, the skyscrapers disappear into the horizon, the radio stations are turning to static, and he's leaving Lowell behind.

    Agreeing with a previous comment, this song really does describe the song well. Lowell seems so out of place in norther MA. It's so rich in culture and so urban when the surrounding towns are, well, country cow towns such as dracut with absolutly nothing to do (speaking from experience.)
    vendetta_limeon August 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy friend loves dcfc and got me into them...and she told me about this song [because i'm from lowell]

    i think he's talking about lowell changing...because maybe ten years ago lowell was in pretty bad shape, there were a lot of gangs and drugs in the city [if you remember that documentary called "high on crack st"] and it seems that when he wrote this song that lowell was pretty shitty...the "cityscapes crumbling" and everything

    now it's a lot better, downtown is booming with new business'...but i hate how lowell has such a bad rep...it's a lot safer than it used to be...
    12kTb46on September 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthis favorite book is On The Road by Jack Kerouac, i read it in an interview
    iknowmyonionon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was just thinking the other day, what if the line "You swallowed the last of free MA" is referring to methamphetamines, rather than Massachusetts? However, I'm not sure if meth can be taken orally ("swallowed"). I think it works out with the other lyrics (esp. "don't you go holding out on me now").
    MountedTigerHeadon October 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh man, I think this is my fave song on this album. I love it. And, oh man, the lyrics. What can I say? Death Cab is the B*E*S*T
    ImaDeathCabberon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful, one of the best on the album. definitely.

    nothing but love for dcfc
    thexfullxeffecton April 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest death cab song out there... "don't go holding, out on me now... i thought that you had come to expect more..." says it all right there.
    lowell,maon April 30, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis is definitely one of my favorite dcfc songs, it flows so good, and the music is beautiful
    andrewtorrienteon June 20, 2003   Link
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    General Commentlowell, MA, hometown of Jack Kerouac
    starslighton April 13, 2004   Link

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