Title and Registration (3:39)

Cover of Transatlanticism

From Transatlanticism and 27 other releases

Title and Registration was the third single taken from Death Cab for Cutie’s 2003 album Transatlanticism. It was officially released as an internet-only single that could be streamed through the band’s website. Promo copies of the single were released on CD. “World Shut Your Mouth” was later released on the Crooked Teeth EP.

Live, the song’s layered instrumentation has been difficult to pull off and thus has been performed a variety of ways. All of these involve Chris Walla switching halfway through the song from lead guitar to keyboards, whilst Ben Gibbard takes over the guitar part. For the first half of the song, initially, both Gibbard and drummer Jason McGerr used electronic drums in order to replicate the distinctive drum machine sound in the song. In the band’s 2008 tour, Gibbard performed the entire first two verses as lead vocalist, without a guitar or drums; before picking up his guitar as Walla abandoned his. Most recently, Gibbard has kept his electric guitar strapped on for the song’s entirety, but using a shaker as percussion during the song’s first two verses.

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  • HayleighRayment

    NUmber plate

    31 Aug 7:10pm Reply
  • redandblu

    man this song is a BEAST A BIG HAIRY BEAST LISTEN TO IT THEM LYRICS AAAUAAAAAUGH SO PERFECT

    1 Jul 4:15pm Reply
  • fujishironageki

    i listened to this a lot after i broke up with my first boyfriend

    29 Jun 4:59am Reply
  • Deadgirl91

    Yay spelling fix!

    20 Feb 9:10pm Reply
  • Marie-Ella

    And now that it's gone it's like it wasn't there at all. <3

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • eutomobuscopan

    "and here i rest where disappointment and regret collide..." - PERFECT [3]

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    Si escuchara esta cancion o el disco a esta edad lo odiaria. Pero si lo escuchas a una edad determinada te deja ciertamente una huella.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • the-cause

    @ixlovextofu - That lyric takes on a deeper meaning and makes perfect sense if you pay attention to the rest of the lyrics that follow.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ixlovextofu

    "The glove compartment is inaccurately named and everybody knows it." Umm, okay....

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • winterisbroken

    this song kills me.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • sweatbloodtears

    great song, always makes me feel shit when i listen to it though haha.

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • katiekatieyay

    the lyrics speak so much truth. how does ben do it?

    6 Feb 2012 Reply
  • intheluminol

    There's no blame for how our love did slowly fade, and now that it's gone it's like it wasn't there at all, and here i rest where disappointment and regret collide, lying awake at night - PERFECT [2]

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • phillybird

    the song kinda takes upon a new meaning now that Ben and Zooey broke up

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • AnneChaplin

    Epic intro. [3]

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • lilith_s

    There's no blame for how our love did slowly fade, and now that it's gone it's like it wasn't there at all, and here i rest where disappointment and regret collide, lying awake at night - PERFECT

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
  • lehmelo

    Epic intro. [2]

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    damn. so good.

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bookwurm24

    quite possibly the most beautiful introduction I have ever heard!

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
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