At the end of the day, songs are stories - messages wrapped in sound that are designed to make you feel. In some songs the story is simple, the lyric sparse and straightforward - often accompanied by an elaborate musical wrapper that gives the words weight - but in other songs - in a song like this - it's the other way around. I like songs like this...
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Sad music doesn't have to bring you down - sometimes a sad song punches you in the gut and leaves you staggering but strangely energized. When you have a lyricist like Craig Finn and a guitar player like Tad Kubler, you get pummeled on many different levels.