Long Division

Album: Narrow Stairs (2008)
  • Vocalist Ben Gibbard explained this song to VH1 News: "I had just loved this idea of there being a remainder, when you used to do long division that there could be a remainder, this idea that could be a metaphor you could use in a larger context. I went home and I sat down and I wrote it all in an hour and I thought, I'm so glad this is done because there was this point where everyone was just waiting for me to do my job and I wasn't doing it. I had written thirty songs for this record and I couldn't finish this one that everybody liked."


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