Twenty-Nine Years

I want to hurry home to you
Put on a slow, dumb show for you and crack you up
So you can put a blue ribbon on my brain
God I’m very, very frightened that I’ll overdo it
You know I dreamed about you
For twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you, for twenty-nine years

“Slow Show” by The National, from 2007’s Boxer album

It’s an inescapable fact that Matt Berninger has a knack for putting his feelings into words, feelings that just about everyone can relate to.  Romance, fear, excitement, longing… it’s all laid out for us in sixty-odd words.  Superimpose the gorgeous melody, and you get musical salvation.

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