Favourite The National's lyrics

Posted on Apr 26, 2015

During the weekend, I spent about 3 hours on the train including a round trip and an one-way train back and forth between my old and new apartment. They were the most pleasant train rides I’ve had, partly because I was still in the honeymoon mindset of living 78km away from the office, partly (maybe, just maybe) because I was listening to The National on repeat the whole time.

Mistaken for strangers

Oh, you wouldn't want an angel watching over
Surprise, surprise, they wouldn't wanna watch
Another un-innocent, elegant fall
Into the un-magnificent lives of adults

Make up something to believe in your heart of hearts
So you have something to wear on your sleeve of sleeves


Grow young, not grow old. Define your own identity in who you are, not in what you do.

Sea of love

If I stay here trouble will find me
If I stay here I’ll never leave
If I stay here trouble will find me
I believe

Joe I'll always think of you
As a kind of childhood new
This was never gonna last
Oh Joe you fell so fast

Hey Joe sorry I hurt you but
They say love is a virtue
Don’t they?


No one likes burning bridges, but it’s a worse crime to let the relationship be an excuse for us to forgo our dreams.

If things don’t work out now, they won’t later.

Fake empire

Stay out super late tonight
Picking apples, making pies
Put a little something in our lemonade
And take it with us
Turn the light out, say goodnight
No thinking for a little while
Let's not try to figure out everything at once
It's hard to keep track of you falling through the sky

We're half awake in a fake empire


It’s a numbing experience when all we do are merely reacting to whatever thrown at us - our jobs, our “assumed” responsibilities or even our life goals. Being stuck in that vicious cycle for so long that we forgot to stop and ask: “What are all these for?”, or worse: afraid of asking that question.

Are they (our jobs, our assumed responsibilities, our goals) all for real? What are their purposes? There’s a blur line between acting on a real cause vs. acting so it seems like we are being alive.

Apartment story

Oh, we're so disarming, darling, everything we did believe
Is diving, diving, diving, diving off the balcony
Tired and wired, we ruin too easy
Sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave

We'll stay inside till somebody finds us
Do whatever the TV tells us
Stay inside our rosy-minded fuzz

So worry not, all things are well
We'll be alright, we have our looks and perfume


It’s alright to not give a fuck and give in, take it easy on ourselves and be optimistically spoiled. We’ll be fine at the end, as long as we are aware of what are spoiling us.

Vanderlyle crybaby geeks

Leave your home
Change your name
Live alone
Eat your cake


I did all of those.

Although I did not change my name officially, I hardly hear my birth name nowadays, or maybe at all. To be fair, we did not choose our own names, so why not live by the one we chose for ourselves?