"It Never Happened" as written by and Bryan Devendorf Scott Devendorf....
We look younger than we feel
And older than we are
Now nobody's funny
No God, they took our fashion week
That's a real bad thing
'Cause we have scars to cover

Now I forget how to think
So crack my skull
Rearrange me

Lover put me in your beautiful bed
And cover me
Lover put me in your beautiful bed

Nothing made a sound in Williamstown that night
And all the air was empty
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear
Nothing, cause nothing ever happens here

Now I forget how to think
So crack my skull
Rearrange me

Lover put me in your beautiful bed
And cover me
Lover put me in your beautiful bed

Nothing ever happened here
Nothing ever happened here
Bad things never happen to the beautiful


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"It Never Happened" as written by Bryan Devendorf Aaron Dessner

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    General CommentNothing made a sound in Williamstown that night
    and all the air was empty
    then what to my wondering eyes should appear
    nothing, cause nothing ever happens here

    Perfectly encapsulates the desperate search for significance and roaming boredom of living in a small town. Matt Berninger is such a fucking amazing lyricist.
    jessepenceon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"We look younger than we feel, and older than we are,"

    That line has perplexed me...
    Willboeon April 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"Crack my skull, re-arrange me" <---- best line ever.

    p.s. who is the amazing female vocalist i always hear in The National's songs?
    JennaCanReadon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm trying to determine if there is any intended continuity between the themes of verse one and two, here's my take.
    Verse one is clearly based in NYC at the time of the 9/11 attacks (fashion week was cancelled that year as it was due to begin the day of the attack). I figure the following lines are indicating that the city badly needs a distraction in the immediate aftermath.

    The chorus expresses the subject inability to wrap their head around the chaos and how their entire world was changed when our very own homes were attacked. The ending lines of the chorus are the subject seeking comfort.

    The second verse could indicate a fleeing from NYC in the aftermath where they were unable to find comfort to a smaller town where "nothing ever happens". A lot of people take that line as being derogatory of small town life, but I think in this case it's exactly what the subject was searching for. Somewhere without the chaos. The air being empty, devoid of planes and ash and speculation and mourning and media is a good thing.
    But a change of scenery rarely resolves internal struggles and the subject still seeks to be fixed (rearrange me) or comforted (cover me).
    The final line that extends through the aftermath of the song kinda throws a wrench in the cogs of my interpretation. could be taken as sarcastic... a jab at the people that were complaining about fashion week being cancelled in light of the seriousness of what actually happened. Or maybe that the beautiful are too self centered to really grasp the gravity of tragedy... or fuck man, someone ask Matt if he can even remember what he was trying to suggest a decade ago when he wrote this song. I don't know shit.
    nickolas70on October 09, 2014   Link

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