National, The

1. Terrible Love
It’s terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s terrible love and I’m walking in
It’s terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s terrible love and I’m walking in
It’s quiet company
It’s quiet company

It’s terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s terrible love and I’m walking in
It’s terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s terrible love and I’m walking in
It’s quiet company
It’s quiet company
It’s quiet company

And I can’t fall asleep
Without a little help
It takes a while to settle down
My shiver bones [ship of bones/shivered bones/shriveled bones?]
Until the panic’s out

It takes an ocean not to break
It takes an ocean not to break
It takes an ocean not to break
Company

It’s quiet company
It’s quiet company

But I won’t follow you
Into the rabbit hole
I said I would but then I saw
Your shiver bones [ship of bones/shivered bones/shriveled bones?]
They didn’t want me to.

It’s a terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s a terrible love and I’m walking in
It’s a terrible love and I’m walking with spiders
It’s a terrible love and I’m walking in

It takes an ocean not to break
It takes an ocean not to break
It takes an ocean not to break

2. Sorrow
Sorrow found me when I was young
Sorrow waited, sorrow won
Sorrow, they put me on the pill
It’s in my honey, it’s in my milk
Don’t leave my hyper heart alone on the water

Cover me in rag and bone and sympathy
‘Cause I don’t want to get over you
I don’t want to get over you

Sorrow’s my body on the waves
Sorrow’s the girl inside my cake
I live in a city sorrow built
It’s in my honey it’s in my milk

Don’t leave my hyper heart alone on the water
Cover me in rag and bone and sympathy
‘Cause I don’t want to get over you
I don’t want to get over you

Don’t leave my hyper heart alone on the water
Cover me in rag and bone and sympathy
‘Cause I don’t want to get over you
I don’t want to get over you

3. Anyone’s Ghost
You say you’ll stay home
Alone with the flu
And find out from friends
But that wasn’t true
Go out at night with your headphones on again
Walk through the Manhattan valleys of the dead

Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost
Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost

But I don’t want anybody else
I don’t want anybody else

Said I came close
As anyone’s come
To living underwater
For more than a month.
You said it was not inside my heart,
It was.
You said it should tear a kid apart,
It does.

Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost
Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost

But I don’t want anybody else
I don’t want anybody else
I don’t want anybody else
I don’t want anybody else

I had a hole in the middle
Where the lightning went through
I told my friends not to worry
I had a hole in the middle
Someone’s sideshow to do
I told my friends not to worry

Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost
Didn’t want to be your ghost
Didn’t want to be anyone’s ghost

4. Little Faith
Little faith, follow me
I set a fire in a blackberry field
Make us laugh or nothing will
I set a fire just to see what it killed
Now it’s stuck in New York and the rain’s coming down
I don’t feel like we’re going anywhere
Stuck in New York and the rain’s coming down
Waiting in line for the Vanity Fair [?]

Leave our red southern souls souls
Head for the coast
Leave our red southern souls
Everything goes

Oh our lonely kicks are getting harder to find
We’ll play nuns versus priests until somebody cries
Oh our lonely kicks they’ll make us say anything [saintly and thin?]
We’ll play nuns versus priests until somebody wins

Awesome prince/pricks[?], get your sleep
Lose your high history
Make us laugh, or nothing will
I set a fire just to see what it killed

Don’t be bitter Anna, I know how you think
You’re waiting for Radio City to sink
You’ll find commiseration in everyone’s eyes
The storm will suck the pretty girls into the skies

Oh our lonely kicks are getting harder to find
We’ll play nuns versus priests til somebody cries
Oh our lonely kicks they’ll make us say anything [saintly and thin?]
We’ll play nuns versus priests ’til somebody wins
Leave our red southern souls,
Head for the coast
Leave our red southern souls
Everything goes

5. Afraid of Everyone
Venom radio and venom television
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
They’re the young blue bodies, with the old red bodies
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort, I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

I’ll defend my family
with my orange umbrella
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my shining blue star spangling tennis shoes on
I’m afraid of everyone, I’m afraid of everyone
With my kid on my shoulders I try
Not to hurt anybody I like
But I don’t have the drugs to sort, I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out
I don’t have the drugs to sort it out, sort it out

Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul
Yellow voices swallowing my soul, soul, soul

6. Bloodbuzz Ohio
Stand up straight at the foot of your love
I’ll lift my shirt up
Stand up straight at the foot of your love
I’ll lift my shirt up

I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married but Ohio don’t remember me

Lay my head on the hood of your car
I take it too far
Lay my head on the hood of your car
I take it too far

I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love
When I thought about home
I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I’m on a bloodbuzz
Yes I am
I’m on a blood buzz
I’m on a bloodbuzz
God I am
I’m on a blood buzz

I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married but Ohio don’t remember me

I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love
When I thought about home
I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I’m on a bloodbuzz
Yes I am
I’m on a blood buzz
I’m on a bloodbuzz
God I am
I’m on a blood buzz

7. Lemonworld
So happy I was invited
Gave me a reason to get out of the city
See you in sidewalks and swans on TV
Living and dying in New York, it means nothing to me
I gave my heart to the army
The only sentimental thing I could think of
Cousins in causes somewhere overseas
But it’ll take a better war to kill a college man like me
I’m too tired to drive anywhere anyway right now
Would you care if I stay?
You can put on your bathing suits
And I’ll try to find something on this thing that means nothing

Losing my breath, do do do do do do do do do do
Losing my breath do do do do do do do do do do do do do do
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
I want to sit in and die
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
do do do do do do do do do do do do do do
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
I want to sit in and die
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

This pricey stuff makes me dizzy
I guess I’ve always been a delicate man
Takes me a day to remember a day
I didn’t mean to let it get so far out of hand
I was a comfortable kid
But I don’t think about it much anymore
Lay me on the table, put flowers in my mouth
And we can say that we invented a summer lovin’ torture party

I’m too tired to drive anywhere anyway right now
Would you care if I stay?
You can put on your bathing suits
And I’ll try to find something on this thing that means nothing

Losing my breath, do do do do do do do do do do
Losing my breath do do do do do do do do do do do do do do
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
I want to sit in and die
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
do do do do do do do do do do do do do do
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
I want to sit in and die
You and your sister live in a Lemonworld
do do do do do do do do do do do do do do
Losing my breath

8. Runaway
There’s no savin’ anything
Now we’re swallowin’ the shine of the sun
There’s no savin’ anything
From the shine of the sun

But I won’t be no runaway
Cause I won’t run
No I won’t be no runaway

What makes you think I’m enjoyin’ being led to the flood
We got another thing comin’ undone
That’s taking us over

We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
Throw your arms in the air tonight
We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
Throw your shirts in the fire tonight

What makes you think I’m enjoying being led to the flood
We got another thing comin’ undone

But I won’t be no runaway
Cause I won’t run
No I won’t be no runaway
Cause I won’t run
No I won’t be no runaway

What makes you think I’m enjoyin’ being led to the flood
We got another thing comin’ undone
That’s taking forever

We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
Throw your arms in the air tonight
We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
There’s our shirts in the fire tonight

What makes you think I’m enjoying being led to the flood
We got another thing comin’ undone
We got another thing comin’ undone
That’s taking us over

I’ll go bravin’ anything
With you swallowin’ the shine of the sun
I’ll go bravin’ everything
With you swallowin’ the shine
But I won’t be no runaway
Cause I won’t run
No I won’t be no runaway
Cause I won’t run
No I won’t be no runaway

What makes you think I’m enjoying being led to the flood
We got another thing comin’ undone
They’ve taken us over
We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
Throw your arms in the air tonight
We don’t bleed when we don’t fight
Go ahead go ahead
Lose our shirts in the fire

What makes you think I’m enjoying being led to the flood
We got another thing comin undone
We got another thing comin’ undone
That’s taking us over
That’s taking forever

9. Conversation 16
I think the kids are in trouble
I do not know what all the troubles are for
Give them ice for their fevers
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore

We’ll live on coffee and flowers
Try not to wonder what the weather will be
I figured out what we’re missing
I tell you miserable things after you are asleep

Now we’ll leave the silver city, ’cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

It’s a Hollywood summer
You’ll never believe the shitty thoughts I think
Meet our friends out for dinner
When I said what I said I didn’t mean anything

We belong in a movie
Try to hold it together ’til our friends are gone
We should swim in a fountain
I do not wanna disappoint anyone

Now we’ll leave the city ’cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

I was afraid I’d eat your brains
I was afraid I’d eat your brains
Cause I’m evil
Cause I’m evil

I’m a confident liar
I’ll have my head in the oven so you’ll know where I’ll be
I’ll try to be more romantic
I wanna believe in everything you believe

I was less than amazing
I do not know what all the troubles are for
Fall asleep in your branches
You’re the only thing I ever want anymore

Now we’ll leave the city, ’cause all the silver girls
Gave us black dreams
Leave the silver city to all the silver girls
Everything means everything

I was afraid I’d eat your brains
I was afraid I’d eat your brains
‘Cause I’m evil
‘Cause I’m evil
‘Cause I’m evil
‘Cause I’m evil

10. England
Someone send a runner through the weather that I’m under for the feeling that I lost today.
Someone send a runner for the feeling that I lost today.
Someone send a runner through the weather that I’m under for the feeling that I lost today.
Someone send a runner for the feeling that I lost today.

You must be somewhere in London
You must be lovin’ the life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walkin’ [Maryland? Abbey Lane? merrily? every lane? Merry/Mary Lane?]

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections

Famous angels never come through England
England gets the ones you never need
I’m in a Los Angeles Cathedral
Minor singin’ airheads sing for me

You put an ocean and a river between everybody, between everything yourself and home
You put an ocean and a river between everything yourself and home

You must be somewhere in London
You must be lovin’ your life in the rain
You must be somewhere in London
Walkin’ [Abbey Lane? Maryland? merrily? every lane? Merry/Mary Lane?]

I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make
I don’t even think to make corrections

Famous angels never come through England
England gets the ones you never need
I’m in a Los Angeles Cathedral
Minor singin’ airheads sing for me

Afraid of the house [heights?], stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, cause they’re desperate to entertain

Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, cause they’re desperate to entertain

Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, cause they’re desperate to entertain

Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, cause they’re desperate to entertain

Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, stay the night with the sinners
Afraid of the house, cause they’re desperate to entertain

11. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
Leave your home
Change your name
Live alone
Eat your cake

Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Oh the waters are rising
Still no surprising you
Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Man it’s all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin’
I’ll explain everything
To the geeks

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Oh the waters are rising
Still no surprising you
Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Man it’s all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin’
I’ll explain everything
To the geeks

Hanging from chandeliers
Same small boy
At your heels

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Oh the waters are rising
Still no surprising you
Vanderlylle cry baby cry
Man it’s all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin’
I’ll explain everything
To the geeks
I’ll explain everything
To the geeks
I’ll explain everything
To the geeks

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love


2 Responses to “National, The”

  1. thanks for the lyrics, they are awesomely vague lyrics and i dont understand what they are talking about but some of the words make me giggle every time!!

  2. No problem-o! We aim to please. They are quite good, I must admit.

    Cheers,

    TEG

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