Ben Gibbard on Writing Lyrics

“Events in my personal life might lead to assumptions that some pronouns refer to certain people, but 99 times out of 100, they’re dead wrong,” Gibbard said at the time. “When a songwriter uses the first person, the immediate assumption is that the lyric is telling a personal story, but it’s storytelling. I don’t try to be overly confessional in my work. We live in a world of oversharing, and writing a song is different from writing a tweet.”