Oh I’m just like you I never hear the bad news

There are some pop songs that manage to capture something more than just a fleeting feeling, or sudden infatuation. The Walkmen uses 4 minutes and 22 seconds to display the dream and decay of love and all its crucial emotional components. The bands singer, Hamilton Leithhauser, stands in the middle of distorted guitars and rumbling drums and screams his dreams. Its punky and painful in the same way that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are.

Hamilton impatiently runs through the dream of love, its eager anticipation, its buzzing love, and eventually the heart breaking end. When the guitars and drums give up the dream is still there, left unsaid and unexplained, bubbling within as the only true driving force in his life. ‘You took a sweet time’ he sings but there are worse ways to spend four and a half minute than on this 2008 masterpiece, and Sunday suggestion. Lyrics below

Oh I’m still living
At the old address
And I’m waiting on the weather
And I know you’ll pass

I know that it’s true
It’s gonna be a good year
Out of the darkness
And into the fire
I’ll tell you I love you
And my hearts in the strangest place
That’s how it started
And that’s how it ends

And I know you’re with me
It’s a point of pride
And it’s louder than lightning
In this room of mine
Oh I’m just like you I never hear the bad news
And how come that
We won by a landside
Our troubles are over
My sisters a medic
She warned my friends
Yeah, that’s how it started

Took our sweet time

So it’s all over
It’s all over, anyhow
You took our sweet time
And finally I opened my eyes

My friends and my family
They are asking of me
How long will you ramble
How long will you still repeat
The snow is still falling
And I’m almost home
I’ll see you…


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