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The Mountain Goats – 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Lyrics 7 years ago
I don't really see any indication in the lyrics that one of the people has sacrificed themselves for the other. Mostly for this song, I picture two people in the dark hiding from people who will kill them, and one of them is showing the other that she loves him, potentially as a last message shared between the two as it seems they may or not be about to get caught by the Nazis. This love might be a source of comfort in a desperate time and is certainly a reminder of earlier, more carefree days, and maybe it's sad, too, because this love is all they have and it might be taken away from them when they are separated by the Nazis. Or maybe, as other commenters have stated, love is eternal.

Also, to reply to reply to HarvestGloom, John Darnielle went through a lot of trauma in his earlier years. Having gone through some myself, I get the sense that the mind may go to morbid and dark places if one has been hurt in a very deep way. What I know of Darnielle is that he's been happily married for many years, and was probably in a good relationship when he wrote this song.

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The Mountain Goats – 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Lyrics 7 years ago
I don't really see any indication in the lyrics that one of the people has sacrificed themselves for the other. Mostly for this song, I picture two people in the dark hiding from people will kill them, and one of them is showing the other that she loves him, potentially as a last message shared between the two as it seems they may or not be about to get caught by the Nazis. This love might be a source of comfort and is certainly a reminder of earlier, more carefree days, and maybe it's sad, too, because this love is all they have and it might be taken away from them when they are separated by the Nazis. Or maybe, as other commenters have stated, love is eternal.

Also, to reply to reply to HarvestGloom, John Darnielle went through a lot of trauma in his earlier years. Having gone through some myself, I get the sense that the mind may go to morbid and dark places if one has been hurt in a very deep way. What I know of Darnielle is that he's been happily married for many years, and was probably in a good relationship when writing this song.

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Okkervil River – He Passes Number Thirty-Three Lyrics 11 years ago
This song is about a relationship between the speaker and the other person in the song. He and the person used to live together in, or he would visit, a house numbered 33 on whatever street. The first half of the song, I think, is set in the past, when the couple were still together. The first line of the song speaks to a previous shared fear that there are monsters in the house, but retrospectively (even the morning after), the speaker understands that what they two thought were the sounds monsters made were merely the normal creaks of any old house. The two go on to have a lovely, everyday morning, the likes of which are well-known to anyone who has every been in a happy relationship. This morning is followed by a day spent at an abandoned beach. Who would go to the beach on a winter day? This couple would. They're both special in the same way, both appreciate the same kinds of things. There's a kind of sadness at the beach that sort of foreshadows what happens to this couple. (The monster of stanza one foreshadows in the same way.)

In the third stanza/chorus, the speaker is saying that whatever the other person needs, he will provide, so great is his love. And in the end we see that the relationship did not work out; the speaker, perhaps because he still loves the other person, will give that person the space they need, and will run from them if he sees them in the street, so great is his pain that things did not work out. The title of the song comes from the speaker passing house number 33 on whatever street. He does not, cannot, go into the house; all he can do is pass by and remember the way things were.

I love this song. It was sent to me by a guy whom I love and who loves me but with whom I can't have a normal relationship for various reasons. I find it sad and beautiful and fitting of our situation. This is just one of our many songs.

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