One Fast Move or I'm Gone
is an album featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Son Volt's Jay Farrar. The lyrics are based on the prose of Jack Kerouac's 1962 beatnik novel Big Sur
about a writer's alcoholic abuse and nervous breakdown. The song cycle came about as a result of the two frontmen discovering a mutual appreciation for Kerouac's work while recording several songs for a feature-length documentary of the same name. Gibbard has written lyrics about Kerouac before; "Bixby Canyon Bridge
," for instance, is rife with references to the Big Sur
author's writing. This cruise through some of the nomadic Kerouac's imagery was the first track from the album to leak.