* 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..."
* CompleteMonster: One of the two main villains of ''[[ConceptAlbum The Hazards of Love]]'', the Rake is a [[ItsAllAboutMe self-centered]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who only married his wife to slake his want for sex, and believed fatherhood was a curse. Glad about the deaths of his wife and third daughter in childbirth, the Rake decided to [[OffingTheOffspring murder his remaining children]] in order to gain the freedom of a new, carefree life. In "[[VillainSong The Rake's Song]]", he reveals he poisoned his elder daughter, drowned the younger, and beat his son to death then burned his body because the boy dared to fight back. Assuring the listener he's never really been bothered about murdering his own kids, in the second half of the album he begins his new life by abducting the heavily pregnant Margaret with the [[AttemptedRape intent to rape her]].
* 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.
* 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 UsefulNotes/{{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.