* From "Foregone," a track on the new EP "And we had agreed on Henry/ Long before a flutter felt," about the birth of Meloy's son, just gives you a warm feeling
* "The Bandit Queen" from the ''Picaresqueties'' EP.
* Essentially any song Meloy writes about his family qualifies. "Rise To Me," from ''The King Is Dead,'' in addition to the aforementioned "Foregone."
** Though technically not a Decemberists song, Colin Meloy's "Wonder" is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMXxLkCw7M guaranteed to make you weepy in the best sort of way.]]
* "On the Bus Mall" from ''Picaresque'' is a love song between two drifting teenage male prostitutes. It has a sense of weariness and bittersweetness befitting the details, but the overall sound and focus conveys resoluteness, solace, and tenderness, constantly juxtaposing the roughness of the two's situation with how much happiness they take in each other's company. Fittingly, it's a long and fairly constant, open-sounding song that doesn't consciously ''feel'' that long or run out of energy partway through - like a bus ride or bike ride at the end of a very long day through a familiar town that never stops looking so pretty in the evening that you let it sink in no matter how tired you are.