* AccidentalInnuendo: May or may not actually ''be'' accidental, but in "Culling of the Fold": "Get him down on his knees/ With your hands all shakin'/ That'll teach him how to take it"?
** "''You can take him in a stitch, drop his body in a ditch, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything leave his limbs all naked, that'll teach him how to take it!]]''"
** Colin has encouraged people to have sex during Rise To Me. [[http://www.npr.org/event/music/136800524/sasquatch-2011-the-decemberists-live-in-concert Yes, really]]. Whether he was thinking of this application when he wrote it is... a good question.
*** That whole concert is a good example. "It's very hot! It's a very damp and hot Sasquatch costume."
-->A little louder, ladies and gentlemen! Some ''moaning''! Some ''groaning''! You're being swallowed by a whale!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJbDvTKh3lk And we both had some fun, though I twice bit my tongue and it lasted too long for my taste]]...
** John Moen's nicknames (and Colin's [[http://call-me-al.tumblr.com/post/4676894139 tendency]] to go [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_li6ia6U1kC1qbvb1lo1_500.jpg disregard boundaries]] [[http://beckpoppins.tumblr.com/post/4976936489/same-with-banjo-the-meaner-colin-was-to-him-the I'm the]] [[http://scenedamour.tumblr.com/post/4385830425/uh frontman]]). "Brokeback Moen! Johnny Couch..."
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome
** "This Is Why We Fight" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLSOzcEQjiE Just listen]] But pretty much anything off that album (or any album for that matter).
** The Tain.
* CompleteMonster: The eponymous character of "The Rake's Song" relates how he murders his three children after their mother died in childbirth because he wants a new life, including beating his son to death and burning the body for daring to fight back, and concludes by saying that he doesn't regret it at all.
* EarWorm: ''Many'', but 16 Military Wives is probably their catchiest.
** Every song on ''The King Is Dead.'' "Don't Carry It All," "Rox In The Box," "January Hymn," "Down By The Water," and "All Arise!" might be the worst.
* FaceOfTheBand: Colin Meloy.
* GeniusBonus: So much of it. For instance, only someone who is both a botanist and a WorldWarII buff would be able to really understand "When the War Came" without being told about it. "Sons and Daughters" references houses of aluminum and eating cinnamon, a pretty bizarre image unless you know that aluminum was once considered a metal more precious than gold, and cinnamon was used as currency.
** "The Bachelor and the Bride" requires a working knowledge of {{Dada}} art, specifically MarcelDuchamp.
* NightmareFuel: "Shankill Butchers", "Culling of the Fold", "Odalisque", "The Rake's Song", "The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)", "Leslie Anne Levine", "A Cautionary Song".
* {{Squick}}: Some of the gory bits, especially the rape scenes.
* TheWoobie: Quite a lot of their characters. Poor Eli.