WERE YOU WAITING
AT OUR OLD SPOT
IN THE TREE LINE
BY THE GOLD CLOCK
DID I LEAVE YOU HANGING EVERY SINGLE DAY?
WERE YOU STANDING
IN THE HALLWAY
WITH A BIG CAKE
DID I PAINT YOUR BLUEST SKIES THE DARKEST GRAY?
A UNIVERSE AWAY
AND WHEN I GOT INTO THE ACCIDENT
THE SIGHT THAT FLASHED BEFORE ME
WAS YOUR FACE
BUT WHEN I WALKED UP TO THE PODIUM
I THINK THAT I FORGOT TO
SAY YOUR NAME...
I’M ON A BENCH IN CONEY ISLAND—
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“Coney Island is actually something that my brother Bryce wrote and started the music for, and he had worked a lot on folklore and also on evermore and obviously we do so much together. I had sort of developed it, and Taylor wrote Coney Island with Joe, actually, Joe Alwyn, and they felt that it was like - it felt very much, of all the songs we made, that one felt the most related to The National or something musically, or in the character in her mind, of the song, she was hearing Matt [Berninger]. So we asked Matt is he would sing, and he was totally up for it, and then Bryan [Devendorf] and Scott [Devendorf] joined us, and it just felt like - I feel like, all the songs I wrote with the band and all the work I've done with Matt and everyone is what prepared me to do everything I do now, whether it's all the work that Taylor and I have done, or Big Red Machine stuff. I kind of went to this 20-plus year school of making songs and uncompromising records with your buddies, you just have to figure it out. How do you make great recordings? How do you write songs? How do you structure these ideas? Because in a way, the way we work has always been kind of remote because we hardly ever sit in the same room and hash things out. It's usually like, I make sketches, and Matt writes to the sketches, and the band develops it. So it did feel like full circle, that song. It's very much a Taylor Swift song, but The National's presence you can feel in Matt's voice, and Bryan's drumming, and Bryce's presence, and Scott. It's just - it felt good to connect those dots for sure.”
— Aaron Dessner on coney island (x)
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