"Stay Young, Go Dancing" as written by and Benjamin Gibbard....
Life is sweet
In the belly of the beast
In the belly of the beast,
And with her song in your heart
It can never bring you down
It can never bring you down

Lost in a maze
Of a thousand rainy days
Of a thousand rainy days
But when I heard her voice
Oh it led me to the end
(Oh, it led me to the end)
Yes it led me to the end

'Cause when she sings I hear a symphony
And I'm swallowed in sound as it echoes through me
I'm renewed, oh how I feel like
Through autumn's advancing, we'll stay young, go dancing

As the music plays
Feel our bodies sway
When we move as one
We stay young
(Go dancing)

Life is sweet
In the belly of the beast (In the belly of the beast)
In the belly of the beast
And when with her song in your heart
Oh it can never bring you down (It can never bring you down)
It can never bring you down

'Cause when she sings I hear a symphony
And I'm swallowed in sound as it echoes through me
I'm renewed, oh how I feel like
Through winter's advancing, we'll stay young go dancing
Stay young go dancing
Stay young go dancing


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"Stay Young, Go Dancing" as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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  • +5
    General CommentThe most joyous ending to a Death Cab album ever.
    thecomaboyon May 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have a theory about this song - in Why You'd Want To Live Here, Ben talks about 'the belly of the beast that is Californ-i-a'.

    Maybe it's the same belly of the beast he's talking about here, but something/someone is clearly making it a much better place to be than it was in 2001 for him.

    I would imagine Zooey Deschanel would have that effect on anyone... :)
    nehemiah553on May 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a beautiful song! It's so nice to close the album with this...a pure and heartfelt expression of what it feels like to be blindly in love.
    morningbellson May 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe happiest Death Cab song ever. They usually only have very sad and almost depressing songs that this is a fun change. I didn't know what to think of it at first because they pretty much don't have any happy songs, but I really love it!
    liveinslowmotionon May 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat ending to the album.

    This song has an ironic and bittersweet feel for me. Somewhat like falling for someone else when you're in a jaded relationship. You get that good feeling of being attracted to someone, which is magnified because of the state of the current relationship you're in. You're in a high from your infatuation but you're giving up something real, although, unromantic. The high gives a feeling of being wanted, being interesting, being young.

    Although her song gives a renewed feeling, there is still an impending winter which the writer looks to evade or deny.
    "'Cause when she sings I hear a symphony
    And I'm swallowed in sound as it echoes through me
    I'm renewed, oh how I feel like
    Though autumn(/winter)'s advancing, we'll stay young, go dancing"

    It also speaks of her voice/song saving him from the belly of the beast, and from being down and from a thousand rainy days. I think the writer speaks of the girl as someone who breaks his routine and gives a new perspective on a bleak and cyclic routine.
    ricdsneakon May 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it is about Zooey Deschanel. Death Cab did a "storytellers" performance on VH1 where they talked about the background of a few songs. When they were about to play this one, Ben said something along the lines of that he's a newlywed and should be aloud one love song.
    I do love this song though. I generally like Ben's sad, melancholy songs, but I surprisingly enjoy that I can tell he's happy on this record =)
    Kellygreeneron June 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<3 I love it. "Codes and Keys" has to be one of the best albums I've listened to since "Plastic Beach" came out, and this song just sums the album up perfectly.
    PsychoticNekoon June 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt makes me smile to see how happy Gibbard is now:)
    octoberrains091on June 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWow this song is such a great one to end the album with. When i heard St. Peter's Cathedral i did feel a bit sad which hey if they had ended with that song it would of added to their recent album endings. Transatlanticism, Plans and Narrow Stairs ended on a sad note but this one left me smiling at the end. It adds to the change in their style of music :)
    fullmetal78745on June 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey buddy i think it's supposed to be "Oh How i feel ALIVE" lol it just didn't sound right to me. Plus the lyric book says its like that too... O_o
    fullmetal78745on June 16, 2011   Link

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