Monday’s Song: The National, “Squalor Victoria”

This is how weepy indie bands rock the fuck out.  If I had to point to a single song as an example of what my musical taste is most after nowadays, it’s these up-tempo songs by The National.  These are just the bee’s knees, and “Squalor Victoria”, especially live, is as good as it gets (and it’s sister song, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”).  Be sure to stick it out until the 3 minute mark, when this amazingly constructed song begins to fully cohere and make you shit your pants.

Squalor Victoria

by The National

Underline everything.
I’m a professional,
in my beloved white shirt.
I’m going down among the saints.

Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!
Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!

Out of my league,
I have birds in my sleeves
and I wanna rush in with the fools.

Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!
Raise our heavenly glasses to the heavens! Squalor Victoria! Squalor Victoria!

I’m going down among the saints.

It’s 3:30 on the last night for you to save this.
You’re zoning out, zoning out, zoning out, zoning out.

This isn’t working, you middlebrow fuck-up.

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