October 19, 2010

all the very best of us string ourselves up for love

The National ended their set just like this last night in Denver, and I was in the front row five feet away. I don’t think I can explain it more than to say that I stood there with tears running down my face. That show was one of the most amazing and deeply cathartic I’ve seen.

Leave your home, change your name
Live alone, eat your cake

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
oh the waters are risin’, still no surprisin’ you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its 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

Hangin’ from chandeliers
Same small world at your heels

All the very best of us
string ourselves up for love…

Setlist and photos from last night at Fuel/Friends Facebook.


[this photo from last night by my friend Kate Z. who was standing next to me]

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  • Really glad you had a fantastic night. You’re the one that put me on to The National and since then I’ve had a couple of fantastic nights at their gigs over here in the UK – I owe you!

    Chris — October 19, 2010 @ 11:23 am

  • I am so upset I missed their tour date near me! I too would’ve been crying like a little baby just as the song suggests. Amazing.

    Eface — October 19, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  • I saw them a couple of weeks ago at the Ryman in Nashville and they finished the same way. The acoustics in the Ryman are so amazing it was almost a transcendent experience and I too had tears in my eyes. It really felt like everyone there was sharing that moment together.

    I always liked The National but I fell in love that night… but you know what I’m talking about. How cool was that song and the show all together? Did Matt drink about 2 bottles of wine at your show?

    upfromthecity — October 19, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  • upfromthecity, Matt was drinking white wine, and passed us the bottle in the audience at the end and I got a swig. :) (all the wine is all for me…..)

    browneheather — October 19, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

  • I have always been a big fan of The National, going back to their self-titled debut album. Originally from CT, I have since moved to Australia, and I have noticed that The National has been getting increasingly more airplay on the radio, they’re even going to be making some appearances at the Falls, Southbound and Sunset Sounds festivals down under as well as a few headlining shows in Sydney and Melbourne…here’s hoping I’ll be able to catch at least one!

    Ryan — October 19, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

  • I haven’t been a big fan of The National, but after reading more about them here and on Katie C’s blog, I’m going to give them a try. Thanks for the great recommendations.

    Jamie — October 19, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

  • That’s how they closed the Pomona show, too. Truly spectacular. Owen Pallett came out and played it with them too, so we had a bit more violin (he and Padma were dueling it out). Thanks for posting the view from the front row, I was all the way in the back, so it was great to hear it with the band ;)

    Rand — October 19, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

  • For the final song, Terrible Love, at their last stop in Chicago, Berringer jumps off the stage, walks through the entire floor and gets up at the bar at the back of the venue. Unbelievable.


    Brian — October 20, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  • Awesome. Just saw them on back-to-back nights in Tucson and Tempe last week. Thinking about becoming whatever the equivalent of a Dead Head is for the National.

    Kevin — October 21, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  • kevin, i think becoming the equivalent of a deadhead for the national would KILL ME. not even exaggerating. i was useless after monday’s show.

    browneheather — October 21, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  • I saw them in Indy 3 weeks ago and while we got a full band version of this song, it was still a great show. “Squalor Victoria” was incredible and the horns were just awesome throughout.

    Justin — October 23, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  • I saw them over the summer in DC at Constitution Hall and it was a mesmerizing performance. Their lives shows add so much depth and intensity to the music if you have never seen them. Matt’s tours around the audience are made all the more insane with the road crews stringing out his mike cord…

    ian — October 27, 2010 @ 10:35 am

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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