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District of Columbia Honors Death Cab for Cutie in Union Station

The Union Station bus depot in Washington, DC, will soon open two new pavilions for the convenience of travelers. One of the pavilions will sell drinks, snacks, and reading materials, while the other will provide tourist information. Both feature a bright yellow face encrusted with a series of lines and dots, which are actually Morse code for lyrics from a Death Cab for Cutie Song, “Soul Meets Body.” A representative of the architecture firm who designed the yellow surfaces stated that the lyrics represent perfectly the feelings of impermanence and transience that individuals often associate with bus stations.

This honor makes Death Cab for Cutie a permanent part of Union Station and Washington, DC. Ben Gibbard, the group’s guitarist and lead singer, also prominently featured the city in the song “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” a single released through Gibbard’s acclaimed side project, The Postal Service.