"I Will Follow You into the Dark" is a song by Death Cab for Cutie and the third single from their sixth album Plans. It is a solo, acoustic ballad written and performed by frontman Ben Gibbard and was recorded in monaural with a single microphone and little editing. The song details the singer's promise to a loved one to remain by his or her side even after death. Two music videos—one appearing on Directions: The Plans Video Album—have been made to the song.
When Ben Gibbard, nearing age 29, wrote "I Will Follow You into the Dark" he had never lost anyone really special in his life. Growing older during an ideal and comfortable time of his life led him to begin obsessing over death, the afterlife, and the weight of his relationships. He started to take stock of the importance of the people in his life and felt a need to say something about it. He wrote the song to deal with his problems of focusing on life by expanding his scope to include death and what comes afterward.
While tracking the vocals for a different song, technical issues arose with one of the headphones. Producer and guitarist Chris Walla told Gibbard to take a break while the issues were being addressed. Gibbard...