The National — The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Album: Sleep Well Beast
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 539
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Released: 2017
Length: 3:35
Plays (last 30 days): 7
Maybe I listen more than you think
I can tell that somebody sold you
We said we've never let anyone in
We said we'd only die of lonely secrets

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We're in a different kind of thing now
All night you're talking to God

I thought that this would all work out after a while
Now you're saying that I'm asking for too much attention
Loss of no other faith is light enough for this place
We said we'd only die of lonely secrets

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We're in a different kind of thing now
All night you're talking to God

I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way

The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We're in a different kind of thing now
All night you're talking to God

I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way

I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
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 h8rhater wrote:

Agreed.... we should have some El Vy on RP.  Nominations (along with Return to the Moon):  I'm the Man to Be, Silent Ivy Motel, Hapiness Missouri, and Sleepin' Light.

 
Agreed.  Good clip.  Thanks KurtfromLaQuinta.  
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
As much as Bill likes The National... you'd think he'd like this from EL VY...

Return To the Moon

Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National).
Brent Knopf (founding member of Ramona Falls and Menomena), Andy Stack (of Wye Oak) and Matt Sheehy (of Lost Lander).

I submitted it a while back... it was rejected immediately.
I love the quirky lyrics and the music of this song!

 
Agreed.... we should have some El Vy on RP.  Nominations (along with Return to the Moon):  I'm the Man to Be, Silent Ivy Motel, Hapiness Missouri, and Sleepin' Light.
As much as Bill likes The National... you'd think he'd like this from EL VY...

Return To the Moon

Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National).
Brent Knopf (founding member of Ramona Falls and Menomena), Andy Stack (of Wye Oak) and Matt Sheehy (of Lost Lander).

I submitted it a while back... it was rejected immediately.
I love the quirky lyrics and the music of this song!
 westslope wrote:
Wow!

Can you imagine!?!!

A The National song that does not sound like all the other The National songs.   

 
Yes, much more up-tempo, and it has actual "singing" on it.  Nice to know they can deviate from their schtick.
 Ptijoc wrote:
A new National! Yesssss! I'm Happy.

 
As am I.
I can't listen to these political drones anymore.   They put me in a bad mood.
in today's NYTimes:

The Daily 360

Album Review: The National Gives Its Sound a Jolt on ‘Sleep Well Beast’
The drummer is still love with his snare drum.
I agree, it does sound a bit like something like a today's version of Republic Tigers, but the keyboards, often overshadowed, are awesome; Charlatans UK and Pink Floyd come to mind...and the guitar is really pretty rippin' and I gotta say I love it. They're growing! 
I thought this might be a new Republic Tigers track... I need to look closer at The National
 Rockit999 wrote:

Almost...the drummer still has this thing with the snare drum.

 
By "this thing", do you mean he uses it in places other than the third beat of the bar? :O
I always thought that they were lazy and willing to call mumbly and lukewarm okay; this seems to indicate that they are more creative...
Hey Abbott!!!!
LOVE THIS!!!
I just... haunting. I love The National, but this raises the bar. Thanks, Bill. Wouldn't have noticed it without your curation. 


OK, it's time to clean out the ears:

I'm hearing "I can't explain it, Eddie Albert!"


A new National! Yesssss! I'm Happy.
I can't see why this band bothers with making new releases..... just repackage the old ones, no one will be able to tell the difference.
this is a grower. already kicked it up from 7 > 8
 westslope wrote:
Wow!

Can you imagine!?!!

A The National song that does not sound like all the other The National songs.   

 
Almost...the drummer still has this thing with the snare drum.
boring
new guitarist?  or did they just loosen his leash a little? whichever, I like the change.
Wow!

Can you imagine!?!!

A The National song that does not sound like all the other The National songs.   

I think I like the underlying message of this track, like a lot of The National, good lyrics good song, but for me I'm not a huge fan of the vocals or instrumentation.  I'm somewhere between "MEH" and "AWESOME" - call it a 7 for now.

LONG LIVE RP!


Yea -new National {#Bananajam}