There's no beast,
obviously.
The floor just creaks,
obviously.
The morning with coffee was snowy and sweet,
and there was this small, snow-white dog
that was barking at our feet,
honestly.

drove all day to the vacant beach.
Grey mist hanging over the sea,
alleys clogged with magazines,
and the boardwalk is empty.
The house in the valley is open this week,
imagine the sea looking in
at the slowly moving sheets.
Honestly.

If you feel weak, leave it to me.
If you need sleep, leave it to me.
Need wool socks for your feet, leave it to me.
Need a walk on the beach, leave it to me.
An ear into which to weep, leave it to me.
A shoulder on which to sleep, leave it to me.

And leave it to me to not speak
when I pass you on the street.
Leave it to me to feel weak,
leave it to me to run from your feet.
Leave it to me to not speak
when I pass you on the street,
leave it to me to feel weak,
leave it to me, number thirty-three,
leave it to me.


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    General CommentThis song is about a relationship between the speaker and the other person in the song. He and the person used to live together in, or he would visit, a house numbered 33 on whatever street. The first half of the song, I think, is set in the past, when the couple were still together. The first line of the song speaks to a previous shared fear that there are monsters in the house, but retrospectively (even the morning after), the speaker understands that what they two thought were the sounds monsters made were merely the normal creaks of any old house. The two go on to have a lovely, everyday morning, the likes of which are well-known to anyone who has every been in a happy relationship. This morning is followed by a day spent at an abandoned beach. Who would go to the beach on a winter day? This couple would. They're both special in the same way, both appreciate the same kinds of things. There's a kind of sadness at the beach that sort of foreshadows what happens to this couple. (The monster of stanza one foreshadows in the same way.)

    In the third stanza/chorus, the speaker is saying that whatever the other person needs, he will provide, so great is his love. And in the end we see that the relationship did not work out; the speaker, perhaps because he still loves the other person, will give that person the space they need, and will run from them if he sees them in the street, so great is his pain that things did not work out. The title of the song comes from the speaker passing house number 33 on whatever street. He does not, cannot, go into the house; all he can do is pass by and remember the way things were.

    I love this song. It was sent to me by a guy whom I love and who loves me but with whom I can't have a normal relationship for various reasons. I find it sad and beautiful and fitting of our situation. This is just one of our many songs.
    lh4on January 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song needs more attention
    mr.magpieon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe second half of the song may be refering to a girl he is in love with and would do anything for but cannot work up the courage to tell her his feelings:

    "And leave it to me to not speak
    when I pass you on the street."

    Any ideas to the significance of the title?
    kusleron February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so perfect.
    readingkerouacon August 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have just recently gotten into Okkervil river. they r simply amazing. i own a copy of almost everything they have released but cannot find Stars too Small to Use. its been discontinued. Any ideas where i could get ahold of a copy? or at least find the tracks to download? i would even settle with being able to listen to the tracks online...i havent heard any except for kathy keller and the later versions of For the Captain (another radio song) and Velocity of Saul... Any help would be very appreciated.
    warhink07on December 11, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI wonder if this song isn't some sort of questioning of the genuineness of Christ's "Sermon on the Mount". The reason I conjecture the song is about Christ is because Jesus is generally believed to have died (and accomplished all He promised His disciples) at age 33. But if this is correct about the general orientation of the song, there is still much in the details that I don't quite grasp the meaning of. Any thoughts?
    jaybird777333on February 18, 2008   Link

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