An Anthem for Our Time – Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard Addresses COVID-19 on New Song ‘Life in Quarantine’

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With Washington State reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has written a folk song, “Life in Quarantine,” for his home state. Over gentle acoustic guitar, he sings about empty streets, bars, and cafes, and streetlights that change for no reason. He describes airports and train stations “full of desperate people” and the supermarket Safeway looking like something from the Eastern Bloc. “National Guard is on their way to protect us from our neighbors,” he sings, “and everyone who has tried to swim for it has drowned out past the breakers.” It all revolves around the chorus, “No one is going anywhere soon.” He premiered the song via Seattle newspaper The Stranger.


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