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The National – About Today

WATCH IT IN FULL SCREEN. The immersion adds an unbelievable amount to it.

Today 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

Tonight 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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