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All the self-destructive stuff I did to myself when I was younger was vital, and I did it to stay alive," Darnielle says. "So therefore it was all good. The only time it’s not good is when it hurts anybody else. Short of that, anything you do to make yourself OK, is OK." The album cut "Cry for Judas" implores, "Speed up to the precipice and then slam on the breaks," while "Amy a/k/a Spent Gladiator 1" simply advises, "Do every stupid thing that makes you feel alive.