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The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness Lyrics 1 year ago
@[ali1053051:21386] if this where only about the title of the song then I would say you are on to something, but your theory fails to address any of the rest of the song. I tried applying it myself, but couldn't.

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The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness Lyrics 1 year ago
He is basically saying that he can tell that something is going on with his lover with the first 2 lines. Then with lines 3 and 4 he is referring to the social compact that they supposedly shared in that they wouldn't let anything or anyone come in between them, clearly implying that "she" has done just this. Saying that "we said we'd only die of lonely secrets" is saying that I thought we both understood that the only thing that could break our compact is keeping secrets from eachother.

The line "the system only dreams in total darkness" the system is the relationship kind of like a "social system" and darkness is the lack of proper communication between them tying into the first lines and the "dreams" are the scattered failing line of proper communication between them. Causing the very nature of the relationship to decay and change into something that is unrecognizable from the original and something that cannot last. Also eluded to by the line 'we're in a different kind of thing now."

He seems to make it clear that "she" has been evangelized by lines 2 and 8. But I doubt he would be so direct more likely that he is using "God" as a euphemism for something he sees and cultish or religious in nature that is coming between them and causing her to cut him off. She is "hiding" from him because she has put her new "faith" first and deflects to him saying he is wanting too much "attention."

The most confusing line in the whole song is "Loss of no other faith is light enough for this place." As far as i can tell by "this place" he means the new corrupted, failing state of their relationship, and by the rest of the line he seems to mean that whatever dogma has infested her psyche that despite what ever kind of deflecting or blaming she may be doing in order to negate her responsibility in the situation that this thing, this dogma or religion or whatever it is is clearly a sufficient explanation for the new "system."

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