November 20, 2008

nothing matters when we’re dancing

There are nights when I think that this simple song may be one of the most perfect things ever penned.

dance with me my old friend
once before we go
let’s pretend this song won’t end
and we never have to go home
and we’ll dance among the chandeliers

and nothing matters when we’re dancing
in tat or tatters you’re entrancing
be we in Paris or in Lansing
nothing matters when we’re dancing

you’ve never been more beautiful
your eyes like two full moons
than here in this poor old dancehall
among the dreadful tunes
the awful songs we don’t even hear

and nothing matters when we’re dancing…

Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – The Magnetic Fields

The original version is flawless –unassuming and utterly convincing– from Stephin Merritt‘s 1999 opus 69 Love Songs. The cover from NY trio The Antlers is a wisp of a song, haunting and ethereal, like the ghost of a dream that hasn’t even happened yet. Or maybe never will.

Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing (Magnetic Fields cover) – The Antlers

[photo credit LIFE Magazine]


  • Alright. I listened to this song yesterday, and thought it was a piece of crap.

    Went to bed, got up. Went to the computer.

    Not knowing why, I cued it up again, and now I can’t stop listening to it.

    The sweet words really don’t match the almost haunting chorus, but somehow in the end, it does.

    I don’t know. I give up.

    Alan — November 22, 2008 @ 11:00 am

  • What a beautiful, haunting song. Thanks for posting this.

    Liz — November 22, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

  • So great to see this song highlighted on such an esteemed platform. 69 Love Songs is indeed a masterwork.

    Forget Obama.

    Stephin Merritt for President!

    vantika — November 23, 2008 @ 9:58 am

  • I love when people cover his songs, being that his voice is …kinda bad. I recommend Superchunk’s rocked up version of
    “100,00 Fireflies”

    Anonymous — November 23, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

Comments RSS

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Subscribe to this tasty feed.
I tweet things. It's amazing.

Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

View all Interviews → View all Shows I've Seen →