"Pity and Fear" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
I have such a envy for this stranger lying next to me
Who awakes in the night and slips out into the pre-dawn light
With no words, a clean escape, no promises or messes made
And chalks it all up to mistake, mistake, mistake

And there are no tears
Just pity and fear
No vast ravine
Right in between

A storm at sea the bow cracked and I was capsizing
And I sunk below where I swore I would never go
If you can't stand in place you can't tell there's walking away
From who remains, who stays, who stays, who stays

And there are no tears
Just pity and fear
No vast ravine
Right in between

Spare no tears
Just pity and fear
And I recall
The push more than the fall
The push more than the fall


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"Pity and Fear" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentYou know what? I just figured out the abrupt ending.

    "I recall the push more than the fall."

    The singer falls and ponders about why the other person pushed him over the edge.

    And all of a sudden, splat.

    Fucking brilliant.
    crimsondawnon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI cannot wait for this album.
    ellie117on April 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyou beat me to it. i like this, but i don't know why reviewers are saying this is DCFC's best album ever.
    feelingeverfineon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it is really different than their other stuff but I like it. I think the new album is going to be terrific.
    Kowala_Bearon April 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the first verse
    chicklet1203on April 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVery different.
    AbsolutionAgent_gMson May 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was surprised when I heard this song, is it VERY different. I'm glad they are taking steps out of their element, it works well with Bens voice.
    ahhh_meliaon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is the song i always overlook when listening to NS, but i like the beat.
    TheGallowson May 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just listened to this song just now for the first time, and I like it a lot. Nice style, and new direction for them, lyrically.

    And God, the ending scared the crap out of me. I was blaring it as loud as possible from my computer while reading some forums, then all of a sudden BLAM! Nearly jumped 3 feet!
    Kowon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love how he hits the word "Ravine".

    Great mesh of Western/Eastern percussion and harmony
    Nickdude6on May 13, 2008   Link

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