"Various Stages" as written by and Anthony Dekker....
I have seen you in various stages of undress.
I have seen you through various states of madness.
I have seen your refractions and I did not recognize you.
I have seen you in various states of madness.

How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?
How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?

I am sorry I had nothing left for you.
My mind was willing and my spirit was strong.
My lips were tired and tightened from singing along.
My eyelids are heavy as anchors thrown over.

How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?
How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?

I have seen you in the eyes of a hundred thousand other stranger faces.
I have seen you in unlikely and unfamiliar places.
I have seen you be reckless in matters of love.
I have seen by degrees the boiling point come and go.

How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?
How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?
What lies at the end of this long and dark and twisted road?
How high your highest of heights? How low are your lows?

I have seen you in various stages of undress.
I have seen you through various states of madness.


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"Various Stages" as written by Anthony Dekker

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    General Commenti love this song. according to the artist, it is about being in a relationship with someone with bipolar disorder
    cornslawon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. My firend said that, at a Great Lake Swimmers concert, Tony Dekker said this was about his relationship with this bi-polar wife.
    terribly beautiful and sad
    iloveyoutoo-twoon January 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is my favorite song of all of theirs.

    For me it would describe being with someone whose moods are unpredictable and ever changing. You see them in their various stages of madness, of undress and when you see their highest of highs or lowest of lows, you see them, for who they are--imperfect.
    katet2on March 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot a lot to add here, since I think the being-in-love-with-a-bipolar-person thing is pretty clear. I only want to say that I think he did this beautifully and I love how he parallels "through various states of madness" and "in various states of undress;" both are expressions of vulnerability and show how deep connections and trust run.
    wanderloveon April 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is awesome. Reminds me of a long relationship with a girl who has a short fuse. The guy got tired of always tending to her short temper, and left her.
    im_santaon April 14, 2007   Link

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