The National – About Today

Watch it in full screen. The immersion adds an unbelievable amount to it.

You were far away
And I
Didn’t ask you why
What could I say
I was far away
You just walked away
And I just watched you
What could I say

How close am I
To losing you

You just close your eyes
And I just watch you
Slip away

How close am I
To losing you

Hey, are you awake
Yeah I’m right here
Well can I ask you
About today

How close am I
To losing you

How close am I
To losing”

What can I say? This song is a mess of melancholy beauty. Matt Berninger’s baritone voice, the violin, the addition of the brass, the simple, yet deeply emotive lyrics, and the elation at 5:15 when it kicks into overdrive. I love it. I really, really love it. I was at peace and oblivious to the torrential rain surrounding me while walking home today, and felt this very out of place entry deserved a place on this blog.

The first version I heard of About Today was the live performance (audio only) that sits on The Virginia EP, but I was on the train today and saw the version above and fell in love all over again.

My only regret is that they didn’t play this live when I saw then at The Enmore earlier this year.


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