"Beautiful Head" as written by and Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner....
You're walking taller than you should
The air is thin around your beautiful head
You're saying things with your mouth to me
That I don't recognize, you're aware of yourself lately

Redefining yourself, designing yourself
You haven't looked at me forever
Got a diagram of your associations
A strategy, you're weighing your options

What would you trade me for?
You're measuring me lately
And I can tell and I can tell I'm losing weight
You're measuring me lately, you're dressing me

Do not tell me I've changed
You're just raising your standards
Do not give me away
I am the same, I am the same

Have you found him?
Have you told him everything?
Does he say he feels bad about all this?
You've shown tenderness for me
Tenderness for me, to him

Do not tell me I've changed
You're just raising your standards
Do not give me away
I am the same, I am the same




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"Beautiful Head" as written by Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner

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    General CommentI love the cynicism and insecurity of the lyrics juxtaposed with the light and bouncy music.

    "You're saying things with your mouth to me
    That I don't recognize
    You're aware of yourself lately

    Got a diagram of your associations
    A strategy
    You're weighing your options"

    It seems like maybe his partner is becoming successful in her career. He's seeing an ambitious side of her that he hasn't seen before and it intimidates him.

    "You're measuring me lately
    And I can tell
    And I can tell I'm losing weight"

    Love that lyric. Blaming your failures on someone else's successes.

    "Have you found him?
    Have you told him everything?
    Does he say he feels bad about all this?"

    Because he doesn't feel good enough for her anymore, he automatically assumes that she too has decided he isn't good enough and is now cheating on him with someone more her caliber.

    "Do not tell me I've changed
    You're just raising your standards
    Do not give me away
    I am the same
    I am the same"

    It's about having the mindset that change in a person is always bad, when the truth is probably that she's just growing up and he doesn't want to. There's something desparate and sad about the repeating of "I am the same" He feels like he's getting left behind.

    heardithereon September 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song - it's from their left titled album. You can download this at emusic.com for super cheap.

    To me this song is obviously about getting that feeling that the girlfriend wants to get rid of you. A few great lines in this one such as "You've been measuring me lately, and I can tell I've been loosing weight"
    seatownon April 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove it at the beginning of this song when the bass first comes in, i can't get enough of it.
    re-olsonon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot good lyrics- great lyrics
    Jballer32on November 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm just hearing this for the first time! i love it. the subtly in lyrics like these are what makes matt so great--"You've shown tenderness for me, Tenderness for me, To him"
    TheWrongGirlon September 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite line:

    "Do not tell me I've changed; You're just raising your standards"

    This band is brilliant.
    JennaCanReadon November 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't get enough of them. This track is freakin' brilliant! I love these lyrics.
    shockdelicaon May 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDO NOT TELL ME I'VE CHANGED
    ireallylikebagelson July 25, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentgood lyrics and all..but i can't find this song anywhere?
    midwestproducton January 18, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentmidwestproduct: insound has the free mp3 of 'beautiful head'. just click on 'free mp3s', search for 'the national', and it'll show right up.

    matt's voice sounds so gritty and world-weary in this song. i'm really looking forward to when i get this album next month!
    smartsimpletonon June 24, 2007   Link

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