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The National — Demons
Album: Trouble Will Find Me
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6.9

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Total ratings: 1407









Released: 2013
Length: 3:26
Plays (last 30 days): 3
When I think of you in the city,
The sight of you among the sites.
I get this sudden sinking feeling,
Of a man about to fly.
Never kept me up before,
Now I've been awake for days.
I can't fight it anymore,
I'm going through an awkward phase.
I am secretly in love with,
Everyone that I grew up with.
Do my crying underwater,
I can't get down any farther.
All my drowning friends can see,
Now there is no running from it.
It's become the crux of me,
I wish that I could rise above it.

But I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.

Passing buzzards in the sky,
Alligators in the sewers.
I don't even wonder why,
Hide among the under views.
Huddle with them all night long,
The worried talk to god goes on.
I sincerely tried to love it,
Wish that I could rise above it.

But I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.

Can I stay here? I can sleep
On the floor
Paint the blood and hang the palms,
On the door.
Do not think I'm going places anymore,
Wanna see the sun come up above New York.
Oh, everyday I start so great,
Then the sunlight dims.
Less I've learned,
The more I see the pythons and the limbs.
Do not know what's wrong with me,
Sours in the cup.
When I walk into a room,
I do not light it up.
Fuck.

So I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
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 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
"I can't fight it anymore,
I'm going through an awkward phase.
I am secretly in love with,
Everyone that I grew up with."

I must be a mush. Hits me right in the feels 


Not that anyone asked my opinion :)... but to all the youngsters out there: definitely maintain relationships with the peeps you're growing up with. 
 rocklandlove wrote:

7/8, chords, and the truth



Yeah - the 7/8 time is smooth in this tune, not clunky-sounding like it can be sometimes.
 84MacGuy wrote:
Saw these boys a couple weeks ago outside at Edgefield in Portland.  The weather sucked with off and on downpours.  But nobody left.  

That's when you know you have loyal fans, when they will stand in the rain for a couple hours to hear you play.
 
It depends what alternative pleasures their lives offer... 
Is this like The Crash Test Dummies?
Maybe I'm going soft in my old age and have experienced some natural (and man made) disasters, but I feel so much more these days, and I don't think I'm alone. People seem to be getting 'nicer'. Perhaps it's all the shit going on, maybe it really does bring out the best in *most* people. It's just a shame the unpleasant minority get all the headlines.

 Mackmoney3000 wrote:
"I can't fight it anymore,
I'm going through an awkward phase.
I am secretly in love with,
Everyone that I grew up with."

I must be a mush. Hits me right in the feels 
 

"I can't fight it anymore,
I'm going through an awkward phase.
I am secretly in love with,
Everyone that I grew up with."

I must be a mush. Hits me right in the feels 
 Skydog wrote:
the vocal delivery kills any interest



Speaking for yourself, of course. I personally welcome the relief from the tenors and altos who are pervasive in recorded music. I remain interested.


I can relate
so boring, Hey the National, try meth before making music
This band is brilliant.  Anybody who has felt deeply about anything can relate to this true testament to pain and haunting.  
Bleck.
When I walk into a room,
I do not light it up.
Fuck.

I think that's just good song writing
 still

blotto wrote:
boring
 

Sorry for the language but The National is the definition of pretentious shit. I don't get it.
 blotto wrote:
The best thing about The National is, it's a great opportunity to get away from the computer and use the restroom or go for a walk.
 

tea time!
I think the singer has a bade case of the "mumbles". 
 TerryS wrote:

Leonard Cohen, when he sings in a much higher register.

 
Forgot to mention, I quite like it.
Bit of a penchant for Baritone voices after a plethora of falsetto,  boy soprano and unmelodic gaspings.
Somebody has a complete collection of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. . . .
I love this band.
 S-curvy wrote:
Jeez, what to do when the boring monotony of The National becomes well-worn on RP?

Answer:  Switch back to something more imaginative on college radio!

 
You've got shares in this radio? Keep it to yourself and let me listen to my daily "National" quietly. Ahhhhh....it's so good
Jeez, what to do when the boring monotony of The National becomes well-worn on RP?

Answer:  Switch back to something more imaginative on college radio!
Not that bad, or good. I think a person who digs Leonard Cohen could see the similarities and dig this.
But it is no Leonard Cohen in poem or vocal performance.

Oh, and I think she was beheaded by a mirror, therefore the gloomy mood.{#Cheesygrin}
the vocal delivery kills any interest


 Hannio wrote:
This guy is the Eeyore of the music world.

 
Ouch
 FourFortyEight wrote:
So many sneers at this song.  I live this. 

What a bunch of fucking snobs.  {#Foot-in-mouth}

 
Why be bothered that some people don't like the music you do?   
Nice Voice{#Hearteyes}
So many sneers at this song.  I live this. 

What a bunch of fucking snobs.  {#Foot-in-mouth}
Image result for hillbilly bear
                                        Fungramm

   Stayed all night on 42339th floor talking with my partner in crime
                  She said our problem is long standing men
                        why don't we try to nail billion purple
                      Thequickbrownfoxjumpsoverthelazydog.
                         it started there, if body experience
                              was lie what would remain.
I'm in love with everyone I grew up with.  
I guess you stay down with your demons?
I can't remember the melody: there's too much notes in it... {#Ask}
Excellent album full of thoughtful insight concerning relationships.
Hmm, first time...is there more?
I feel sad now.
Forgettable.
Like the band & the song.
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

Greg Brown, when he sings in a higher register.
 
Leonard Cohen, when he sings in a much higher register.
 subgyro wrote:
Second time I've heard this, rating is moving up!

6 -> 7

That voice really smacks me of Echo and the Bunnymen.... In a very good way!

 
Greg Brown, when he sings in a higher register.
Second time I've heard this, rating is moving up!

6 -> 7

That voice really smacks me of Echo and the Bunnymen.... In a very good way!
 blotto wrote:
boring

 
So much so that you're up to four posts about it.
I can relate—I live in my Basement.
7/8, chords, and the truth
boring
 trissi wrote:
this band has only one song, they keep renaming it and putting it on different albums. it's a terrible song to boot.

 
That's what I say about AC/DC.
Always partial to a pop song in an odd time signature... especially 7. (From All You Need Is Love to Solsbury Hill and far, far beyond.)
Scary good writing.
I really like this band, but the ode to self-deprecation in the lyrics gets a little tired. 
Love The National!!!
The best thing about The National is, it's a great opportunity to get away from the computer and use the restroom or go for a walk.
Saw these boys in Bend a couple weeks ago, just before Sasquatch.  They were great!  Of course, they always are.
Fire And Rain ---> Demons

I get it, Bill. Nicely done.
is she looking at me through the reflection in that mirror?  freaky
this band has only one song, they keep renaming it and putting it on different albums. it's a terrible song to boot.
This reminds me, I need to buy tickets today for their Bend concert in a couple months.
are we sure this is not just a demo of THE LAST TIME? one or the other, but not the same song twice on the same album, please...
 FlatCat wrote:
Holds the record for staying on the same pitch for the longest time and longest number of words. Boring.

 
Boring is the insistence by some that every artist enunciate perfectly.


 84MacGuy wrote:
Saw these boys a couple weeks ago outside at Edgefield in Portland.  The weather sucked with off and on downpours.  But nobody left.  

That's when you know you have loyal fans, when they will stand in the rain for a couple hours to hear you play.

BTW, it was a great concert.

 

 
I was there too and it was an amazing show. Fortunately, it was mostly dry while they were playing, but I thought the gentle rain at the end only added to the magic, when everyone was singing along to Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks with the rain shimmering in the stage lights. One of the best shows I've been to.

These boys put on an amazing show and I just can't get enough of The National. Thanks Bill for playing them as much as you do. It's because of RP that I've grown to appreciate this great band.
This guy is the Eeyore of the music world.
 mandolin wrote:
...wait:  full moon rising, mary, demons - is the halloween set starting?..

 
In which case shall we hoist a few to the evening ahead?


Highlow
American Net'Zen
...wait:  full moon rising, mary, demons - is the halloween set starting?..
Saw these boys a couple weeks ago outside at Edgefield in Portland.  The weather sucked with off and on downpours.  But nobody left.  

That's when you know you have loyal fans, when they will stand in the rain for a couple hours to hear you play.

BTW, it was a great concert.

 
Right on time!
Bitchen photographs on the slide show for this song!{#Twisted}
love that relentless drumming
 
Holds the record for staying on the same pitch for the longest time and longest number of words. Boring.
The female backup singer is a pretty good mumbler also.

They should change the name of the band from the National to the Mumblers.
 DaveInVA wrote:
mumble. mumble mumble

 
rhubarb rhubarb peasandcarrots rhubarb
Hahaha....your comments about starting a band cracked me up.

I think the time they played with Bob Weir, was some of their finest stuff.
 DaveInVA wrote:
mumble. mumble mumble

 

thump thump --- thump thump

Hey, with your singing and my drumming, we should make a band.
He just went overboard with his confessional poetry. Previous songs were appealing, alright, but now I just feel sorry for the guy.

Can't wait till he starts singing about his incontinence or how he doesn't like the color of his pills...
 oldsaxon wrote:
I always love that his growl can start to soar...very interesting vocals.

 

That is exactly what drew me to this band. Vocals and lyrics are the last thing I listen to when I hear music.
This album is in rotation now on my favorite college radio station.  Fortunately albums usually only stay in rotation for about a month so I just gotta wait it out and hope that I am lucky enough to miss most of the plays.{#Lol} Their days are numbered for sheer blandness once they lose the hipster coolness tag the music is not interesting enough to sustain them for the long haul.  But then again, the masses usually have pretty poor taste in music so who knows maybe they will break the mainstream and can tour with Taylor Swift or something.
mumble. mumble mumble
I'm liking this upon first listen. Like many tunes that seem to take time to warm to...this has longevity.
Love the way this builds.  Getting very fond of this band.
 84MacGuy wrote:
Well I'll be damn, new National and a new album.

Like all National music, except Bloodbuzz Ohio, I think this song will take a few listens to start growing on me. 

 
I did my share of listens. Nothing is growing. Never thought I would be tempted to hit the PSD-button during a National-song, but I am.
 84MacGuy wrote:
Like all National music, except Bloodbuzz Ohio, I think this song will take a few listens to start growing on me.  

Exactly.
sad but true... except for the "bit"

justin4kick wrote:
Sounds a bit boring. Every single track of High Violet is better than this one.

 


I always love that his growl can start to soar...very interesting vocals.
 maxmox wrote:
Hmmm. Almost David Bowie being channeled by Leornard Cohen{#Nyah}

Well put


Well I'll be damn, new National and a new album.

Like all National music, except Bloodbuzz Ohio, I think this song will take a few listens to start growing on me. 
Hmmm. Almost David Bowie being channeled by Leornard Cohen{#Nyah}
 justin4kick wrote:
Sounds a bit boring. Every single track of High Violet is better than this one.

 
Now that is a freaky cover!
 blotto wrote:
Yay, new National

The same old thump thump mumble mumble formula, but now with the added attraction of a background female mumbler.



 
{#Lol}
Thanks for this!
Sounds a bit boring. Every single track of High Violet is better than this one.
Yay, new National

The same old thump thump mumble mumble formula, but now with the added attraction of a background female mumbler.


 jim1964 wrote:
no mistaking who this is, not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing in this case.

 

That's true-know immediately that it is The National and very happy to hear it first!
no mistaking who this is, not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing in this case.