The Decemberists Lyrics

The Decemberists Lyrics

Sorted by Album Release Date
(View Sorted by Song Title)

From the Album I'll Be Your Girl (2018) (buy at
I'll Be Your Girl
Once In My Life
Cutting Stone
Tripping Along
Your Ghost
Everything Is Awful
Sucker's Prayer
We All Die Young
Rusalka, Rusalka / Wild Rushes
I'll Be Your Girl

From the Album Ben Franklin's Song (2017) (buy at
 Ben Franklin's Song
Ben Franklin's Song

From the Album What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (2015) (buy at
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

From the Album We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) (2012) (buy at

Billy Liar
Calamity Song
Grace Cathedral Hill
Rise To Me
All Arise!
Soldiering Life
Rox In the Box
We Both Go Down Together
Bagman's Gambit
June Hymn
Down By The Water
This Is Why We Fight
Mariner's Revenge Song
The Rake's Song
I Was Meant For The Stage
The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3

From the Album Long Live the King (2011) (buy at

E. Watson
Burying Davy
I 4 U & U 4 Me
Row Jimmy

From the Album The King Is Dead (2011) (buy at

Don't Carry It All
Calamity Song
Rise To Me
Rox In The Box
January Hymn
Down By The Water
All Arise!
June Hymn
This Is Why We Fight
Dear Avery

From the Album The Hazards of Love (2009) (buy at

The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle The Thistles Undone)
A Bower Scene
Won't Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)
The Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All)
The Queen's Approach
Isn't It A Lovely Night?
The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid
An Interlude
The Rake's Song
The Abduction Of Margaret
The Queen's Rebuke / The Crossing
Annan Water
Margaret In Captivity
The Hazards Of Love 3 (Revenge!)
The Wanting Comes in Waves
The Hazards Of Love 4 (The Drowned)

From the Album The Crane Wife (2006) (buy at

The Crane Wife 3
The Island: Come & See / The Landlord's Daughter / You'll Not Feel The Drowning
Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
O Valencia!
The Perfect Crime #2
When The War Came
Shankhill Butchers
The Crane Wife 1 & 2
Sons And Daughters
After The Bombs
Culling Of The Fold
The Perfect Crime #1
Hurdles Even Here

From the Album Picaresque (2005) (buy at

The Infanta
We Both Go Down Together
Eli, The Barrow Boy
The Sporting Life
The Bagman's Gambit
From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea)
Sixteen Military Wives
The Engine Driver
On The Bus Mall
The Mariner's Revenge Song
Of Angels And Angles

From the Album The Tain [EP] (2004) (buy at

The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V)

From the Album Her Majesty (2003) (buy at

Shanty For The Arethusa
Billy Liar
Los Angeles, I'm Yours
The Gymnast, High Above The Ground
The Bachelor And The Bride
Song For Myla Goldberg
The Soldiering Life
Red Right Ankle
The Chimbley Sweep
I Was Meant For The Stage
As I Rise

From the Album 5 Songs [EP] (2003) (buy at

My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist
Angel, Won't You Call Me?
I Don't Mind
The Apology Song

From the Album Castaways And Cutouts (2002) (buy at

Leslie Anne Levine
Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect
July, July!
A Cautionary Song
Grace Cathedral Hill
The Legionnaire's Lament
California One / Youth And Beauty Brigade

Other Songs:
Everything I Try To Do, Nothing Seems To Turn Out Right
One Engine (from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack)

The Decemberists Info:

The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, and John Moen. -Wikipedia

Portland, Oregon, United States

Indie rock, indie folk, folk rock, progressive rock, baroque pop

Years active:

Colin Meloy – lead singer, songwriter, guitar, bouzouki, harmonica

Chris Funk – guitar, multi-instrumentalist

Jenny Conlee – Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, harmonica

Nate Query – bass guitar, double bass, cello
(except Her Majesty... and "Billy Liar" single)

John Moen – drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar (The Crane Wife, The Hazards of Love, and The King Is Dead)

Past Members:
Ezra Holbrook (also of Dr. Theopolis) – drums (5 Songs and Castaways and Cutouts), backing vocals (5 Songs, Castaways and Cutouts, The Crane Wife)

Jesse Emerson – bass guitar (Her Majesty)

Rachel Blumberg – drums, vocals (Her Majesty, Billy Liar single, The Tain, and Picaresque)

David Langenes – guitar

Petra Haden – violin, vocals (Picaresque, also supporting musician for the Picaresque tour.)

Lisa Molinaro – viola, guitar, keyboards, vocals (supporting musician for The Crane Wife tours)

Sara Watkins – violin, backing vocals, keyboards, percussion, guitar (2011 Winter/Spring Tour)

Did You Know:
In 2005, they became the first band to release their music video officially via BitTorrent

The Decemberists Quotes:
“When I first started writing these kind of songs that would eventually become Decemberists songs, I was writing them because I knew that nobody was listening at the time and that it wouldn’t hurt to challenge myself and get weirder and see if I could alienate more people,”
Colin Meloy

“I don’t feel like we’re setting ourselves up to be exclusive. I don’t want to set up an attitude where we’re telling people ‘You can’t listen to our music if you don’t have a college degree.’
Colin Meloy

There’s some things there that you just have to draw the line. Some people are just not going to like it. We would hope that everybody would like it.”
Colin Meloy

The Decemberists Awards:
Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song - Down By The Water

PLUG: Independant Music Award for Music Video Of The Year Sixteen Military Wives

Nominated for MTVu Breaking Woodie Award Sixteen Military Wives

Tour Dates:

Soundtracks / Top Hits / One Hit Wonders / TV Themes / Song Quotes / Miscellaneous