"Keep It Upstairs" as written by and Bryan Devendorf Scott D. Devendorf....
I was home entertaining some guests
When I fell off the chair and cracked open my head
Bees flew out and they flew up their skirts
And they cracked open the window
And in came the myna birds

I was home entertaining some guests
When I fell off the chair and cracked open my head
Bees flew out and they flew up their skirts
Because they wanted to travel the world
These are the kinds of things we should worry about
These are the kinds of things we should worry about

But I keep it upstairs
I keep it upstairs
I just keep it upstairs
I keep it upstairs

I was out looking in cars
Practicing smiles for the grand finale
I got all day in Cadillac City
I got all day in Cadillac City

I was out walking, looking at posters
Someone famous to kidnap and love
But I keep it upstairs
I keep it upstairs
I just keep it upstairs
I keep it upstairs

My head is a three-star hotel
Oh no, I might be missing something
My head is a three-star hotel
Oh no, killers are calling on me
My head is a three-star hotel
Oh no, feathers are falling on my feet
My head is a three-star hotel
Oh no, I might be missing something
My head is a three-star hotel
Oh no, feathers are falling on my feet
My head is a three-star hotel


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    General CommentThis is my absolute favourite National song. It's also their absolute weirdest (slow? falsetto? lo-fi? yep, yep and yep). It cuts through me more than anything else. I love the proto-lyrics that end up in Slow Show, Blank Slate and Gospel (and actually started out in the song No Professionals, which is a super obscure demo but worth tracking down).

    "These are the kind of things we should worry about." Fucking Christ. Keeping the dark thoughts upstairs is what leads to wanting to kidnap famous people, right?

    Also, theoretically. this song sounds a lot like some parts of High Violet (Terrible Love has that demo-quality guitar at the very beginning, the slow pace could be from Little Faith, the paranoia from Afraid of Everyone, the odd song structure and guitar sounds could be similar to Lemonworld).

    Anyway, I listen to the National an unhealthy amount, but they keep giving me back my sanity so what can you do?
    dreamsofpavementon October 19, 2010   Link

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