"Stability" as written by Christopher Walla and Benjamin Gibbard....
Time for the final bout
Rows of deserted houses
All our stable mates are highway bound
Give us our measly sum
Getting the air inside my lungs is heavenly
We're starting out with nothing but crippling doubt

We'll rest easy (justified)
I've suffered a swift defeat
I'll endure countless repeats
The gift of memory is an awful curse,
With age it just gets much worse,
But I won't mind.

I won't mind
I won't mind
I won't mind


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"Stability [*]" as written by Christopher Walla Benjamin Gibbard

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    General CommentI think it is a very clever irony. I think the person comes to grips with the fact that his own mind will curse and judge him more than any other which is why he calls it a curse and why he will endure countless repeates. I think the point of the irony is somewhat literal however that even though there is instability in the mind, there is a collective stability among friends (due to the near breakup of the band)
    finbar1on August 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song, just beautiful. aural bliss whenever i listen it. i think ol' ben gibbard is singing about moving on, maybe from after a break up, or just growing up and letting go of things that were a part of you. the song is so pretty i can't even fall asleep to it, i can't help but stay awake and listen
    Nintendo84on July 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's an awesome song undoubetdlly, easily the best on the EP. I think it's more of a song about taking stock of your life and realizing how little you've accomplished. to me it represents defeat, but i could be reading into it because i started listening to it after a bad year.
    Stupid_tan_kidon September 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*wonderful*

    don't we all crave a little stability?
    Indeed.
    TBS09065on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*wonderful*

    don't we all crave a little stability?
    Indeed.
    TBS09065on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentstupid tan kid.... maybe defeat but moving on from that defeat? I dunno. Nonetheless...not a wasted second even though the song is long.
    Cheesepickleon April 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe wording is so amazingly chosen here; it sounds almost... I don't know, medieval, with the phrases like "stable mates," "measly sum," "suffered a swift defeat," etc.
    theneedleskipson June 19, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"the gift of memory's an awful curse, with age it just gets much worse" : best deathcab line ever.
    light in auguston June 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat is a sketch system?
    captain samon July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my song mother fuckers
    j.acobon May 12, 2004   Link

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