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I'll Still Destroy You

The National released the video for ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’, off their most recent album Sleep Well Beast.  

‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Ragnar, who also appears in the video, collaborated with The National for A Lot Of Sorrow which saw the band play their song ‘Sorrow’ for six hours in front of a live audience at MOMA’s PS1. ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Aaron and Bryce Dessner created HAVEN Festival.

Directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Ragnar Kjartansson

Produced by Lilja Gunnarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir and Haven Festival

Set design: Anda Skrejane, Christoph Fischer, Camilla Hägebarth, Julia Krawczynski.

Nobody Else Will Be There

You said we're not so tied together
What did you mean?
Meet me in the stairwell in a second
For a glass of gin

 

Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there
Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there

 

Can you remind me the building you live in
I'm on my way
It's getting cold again but New York's gorgeous
It's a subway day

 

Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there
Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there

 

Why are we still out here?
Holding our coats
We look like children
Goodbyes always take us half an hour
Can't we just go home?

 

Hey baby, where were you back then?
When I needed your hand
I thought that when I stuck my neck out
I'd get you out of your shell
My faith is sick and my skin is thin as ever
I need you alone
Goodbyes always take us half an hour
Can't we just go home?

 

Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there
Nobody else will be there then
Nobody else will be there

The National @ Centquatre

The National perform an intimate set at Centquatre in Paris for Pitchfork Live, filmed by La Blogothèque.

 

0:32 - Nobody Else Will Be There
4:53 - Day I Die
9:35 - Matt discusses his coffeepot of wine
10:02 - Walk It Back
16:25 - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
20:48 - Guilty Party
26:48 - Carin At the Liquor Store
30:36 - Apartment Story
34:29 - Daughters of the Soho Riots
39:20 - Sleep Well Beast
46:48 - Fake Empire
51:35 - Terrible Love
56:21 - Turtleneck

I'll Still Destroy You

It's so easy to set off
The molecules and the caplets
They all have something against me
Nothing I do makes me feel different

 

This one's like your sister's best friends in a bath calling you to join them
Can't avoid them
This one's like your mother's arms when she was young and sunburned in the '80s
It lasts forever

 

The more level they have me
The more I cannot stand me
I have helpless friendships
And bad taste in liquids

 

This one's like the wilderness without the world
I'm gonna miss those longs nights with the windows open
I keep re-reading the same lines always up at 5am every morning
Like a baby

 

It's just the lights coming on
It's just the lights coming on

 

I have no positions
No point of view or vision
I'm just trying to stay in touch with anything I'm still in touch with

 

The sky's getting white
I can't find a lighter anywhere I'm going crazy
But I'm not crazy
Put your heels against the wall
I swear you got a little bit taller since I saw you
I'll still destroy you

 

It's just the lights coming on
It's just the lights coming on

Day I Die

The National - 'Day I Die' // Director: Casey Reas // DP: Graham MacIndoe

 

I don't need you, I don't need you
Besides I barely ever see you anymore
When I do it feels you're only halfway there
Young mothers love me even ghosts of
Girlfriends call from Cleveland
They will meet me anytime and anywhere


The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?
The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?


Don't do this, I don't do this to you
Don't expect me to enjoy
'Cause I really don't have the courage not to turn the volume up inside my ears
For years I used to put my head inside the speakers
In the hallway when you get too high and talk forever


The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?
The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?

 

The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?
The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?


I get a little punchy with the vodka just like my great uncle Valentine Jester did
But he had to deal with those people like you who made no goddamn common sense
I’d rather walk all the way home right now than to spend one more second in this place
I’m exactly like you Valentine, just come outside and leave with me


Let's just get high enough to see our problems
Let’s just get high enough to see our fathers’ houses


The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?
The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?

 

The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?
The day I die, the day I die
Where will we be?