"Stab" as written by and Doug Martsch....
Make it a time
Make it anytime
Make sure that it's not the only kind
That others find

I've got a mind
I've got half a mind
To shut down the whole system at the spine
With fishing line

I'm really glad there's a grasp to grab
It's only a stab in a wet paper bag
Is that so bad?

I wrote a song
It was slow and long
I wrote the words and the music wrong
But life goes on
And on and on and on and on and on and on


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"Stab" as written by Doug Martsch

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is clearly about Doug being depressed and thinking about comitting suicide.
    "To shut down the whole system at the spine"

    He's trying to simplify the act of stabbing himself.
    "It's only a stab in a wet paper bag"

    But in the end he realizes that thinking about suicide and feeling sorry for himself is just stupid. And singing about wanting to do it is wrong.
    "I wrote a song. It was slow and long. I wrote the words and the music wrong"

    So he speeds the song up and shifts it into a brighter mood with a nice and upbeat guitar solo to state that life goes on after all and that he'll get over it.
    "But life goes on"

    Possibly one of the greatest bts songs
    digmarchon May 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I've got a mind
    I've got half a mind
    To shut down the whole system at the spine
    With fishing line"

    Maybe he's alluding to suicide. Just a thought.

    "I'm really glad there's a grasp to grab
    it's only a stab in a wet paper bag
    is that so bad?"

    Well, if he is in fact talking about possibly killing himself, he seems to have decided that he won't go through with it. Instead, he's just going to keep living his life, even though it far from perfect. Even though he's may have not lived up to all of his expectations or turned out the way he wanted (or maybe how others wanted) he knows life will go on. And on. And on. And on.

    Wow. So, this is a pretty depressing song, but at the same time it's kind of uplifting. I mean, if life is going to go on no matter how much you fuck up or hate yourself or whatever, at least you have a chance to change for the better. Maybe? Yeah...
    lambchopsaretastyon December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^On point...Doug says shit in interviews sometimes like he doesn't put much into the lyrics, specifically on certain songs on AMOTF like "The Host", but its just the depth of his thoughts. He's always writing about things other people aren't, in ways that other people aren't. It's always dealing with the depth of the human condition. He's clearly a thinker, and even if he's not putting a lot into certain lyrics, he's probably put more thought into it than he realizes.

    This isn't one of my favorite Built to Spill songs lyrically, but the solo at the end is a sight to see at a live show.
    unclebengion June 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is an overlooked gem...download it NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW
    juvenilecokefiendon October 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song, just wow, i mean good god, shit.
    ibanezzianon March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think he is just venting his anger about something that happened. a hidden gem indeed
    sean7711on March 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti would have to ditto the idea of hidden gem
    kharmapaymentmanon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey! ive got an idea! how bout instead of downloading it, you go out and buy the CD? weird huh?! this album is amazing. It might be Built to Spill's best.
    IllCatchYou11on April 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so fucking sweet i heard it on the etnies forward video and i ended up loving this band.theyre so rad
    FallenAngel6on April 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard it on forward as well. rubens section, built to spill rules
    Ritesofspringon April 30, 2003   Link

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