It's gotten late and now I want to be alone
All of our friends were here, they all have gone home
And here I sit on the front porch watching the drunks stumble forth into the night

"You gave me a heart attack, I did not see you there.
I thought you had disappeared so early away from here."

And this is the chance I never got to make a move.
But we just talk about the people we've met in the last 5 years.
And will remember them in ten more?
I let you bum a smoke, you quit this winter past.
I've tried twice before but like this, it just will not last.


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Steadier Footing Lyrics as written by Benjamin Gibbard

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  • +2
    General Comment

    This song would lose everything if it was longer.

    I love how it is short because it shows that nothing perfect ever lasts forever. Those tiny moments of magic are the best because they are appreciated more.

    steadierfooting11on January 06, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I'm pretty sad because compared to all the other comments, mine will be the most recent which in a way invalidates my perception of the song. Time and dates appear to be more important as years pass. It's hard to focus on the present.

    introon January 08, 2018   Link
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    General Comment

    This song for me makes me think of the end of high school graduation party and you just want to be alone but the person that you have had a crush sneaks up on you. Such an amazing song.

    Fallsemesteron June 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    i have a friend name tyler & we were very close for 2yrs & always talked of being something more. we ended up having a falling out. the other night, we hung out for the first time in so long. you could feel the tension & the wanting to be together, but instead we just went outside to smoke & talk about trivial things. i spent the night & when he took me home the next morning, he played this song.

    it's definitely pulls at the heart strings.

    between colorson December 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    sometimes i wish that they made some of their short songs longer.

    but i guess that's probably what makes them good.

    infamykillsson November 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I've been there. Who hasn't?

    hourafterdarkon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The best-written DCFC song. It's so touching, and it's inconspicuousness (first track on The Photo Album, very short, no drums...) just adds to the effect. I loves it.

    staygoldon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    it's a really nice song. i especially like the lines "I let you bum a smoke, you quit this winter past. I've tried twice before, but like this, it just will not last ... "

    kananaton June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think you're right on Fallsemester. It seems that this is about the end of highschool or college, and it's like the last good chance to show your feelings for this person. But it's been too long, and it won't work, you're just good friends.

    Santos L Halperon July 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    right on. my "crush" played this for me when we first saw each other after our freshman years...we just talk about the people we've met in the last 5 years.

    sara_rachelon July 04, 2002   Link

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