National, The - Demons Lyrics




When I think of you in the city,
The sight of you among the sites.
I get this sudden sinking feeling,
Of a man about to fly.
Never kept me up before,
Now I've been awake for days.
I can't fight it anymore,
I'm going through an awkward phase.
I am secretly in love with,
Everyone that I grew up with.
Do my crying underwater,
I can't get down any farther.
All my drowning friends can see,
Now there is no running from it.
It's become the crux of me,
I wish that I could rise above it.

But I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.

Passing buzzards in the sky,
Alligators in the sewers.
I don't even wonder why,
Hide among the under views.
Huddle with them all night long,
The worried talk to god goes on.
I sincerely tried to love it,
Wish that I could rise above it.

But I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.

Can I stay here? I can sleep
On the floor
Paint the blood and hang the palms,
On the door.
Do not think I'm going places anymore,
Wanna see the sun come up above New York.
Oh, everyday I start so great,
Then the sunlight dims.
Less I've learned,
The more I see the pythons and the limbs.
Do not know what's wrong with me,
Sours in the cup.
When I walk into a room,
I do not light it up.
Fuck.

So I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.
I stay down,
With my demons.





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National, The Demons Comments
  1. Patrycja Wrobel

    Yo, I really like these guys. I'm excited because it's been a while since a band brought me this much genuine pleasure.

  2. Magic Official Channel

    Leonard cohen vibes <3

  3. Shawn McDonough

    Does the singer remind anyone else of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields?

  4. PROD: TeRd FeRgUson

    Love the art ....nice work

  5. MrDragoon334

    Sometimes it's nice to wallow.

  6. Ashish J

    All the feels in the right place.

  7. Chris Drummond

    This band makes me believe in the future of music.

  8. John Snow

    Feel bad for anyone who thought this was a metal song.

  9. Basia Faustina

    When I walk into a room I do not light it up. Fuck.

  10. paul butterworth

    When I walk into a room I do not light it up, fuck.

    Sums me up perfectly

  11. Frederick Röders

    You guys still shake me to the core, thank you!!

  12. Erika Gueli

    I just discovered this band a week ago when 'Day I Die' played on the radio. They are hitting me hard with all these songs! I love them!

    SteveBogia

    Make sure you check out Humiliation and Apartment story. I love this band.

  13. w0mbles

    I know very little about music theory, but the way they build the tension in this is pretty artful.

    Frederick Röders

    w0mbles You will love postpunk music. Look the genre and bands up!

    Jules Gilmour

    @Frederick Röders Interpol and the national are best of post punk revival.

  14. That One Guy

    Interpol, but even more depressing. I love the National, so much.

  15. Mary-Anne B

    I can really relate to this song.

  16. jtravers franky16

    Only women bleed

    Frederick Röders

    jtravers franky16 Sexist

  17. Sondakikalardagelecekbirgol

    I still friend with my demons

  18. FelicisRuna

    I'm here thanks to Game Of Thrones, I'm in love with his voice

  19. britt z

    i just fell on this song randomly... it's beautiful

  20. ASTA SOLLILJA

    I don't think I could love this song enough...

  21. Christine Skrivanek

    LOVE them and this song!

  22. Barak Cina

    Matt Berninger should read Eckhart Tolle:)

  23. rosineli maranchelli

    Isso é que é criatividade <3

  24. Fabio D'Innocenzo

    singolo straordinario

  25. Dagara Tribe

    gay music

    Jennifer Luck

    so it makes You happy, good!

    Brett Nelson

    fucking great comment man! Got anything else interesting?

  26. Tanuja Meitei

    Name of the painter?

    Tanuja Meitei

    Thank u

    Florentina Marinescu

    cristianflor..

  27. Maria do Socorro Torres

    Adoro essa música. Banda The National maravilhosa!!!

  28. andy Ladd

    never mind the song the artwork is awesome

    Gabriel Satter

    andy Ladd
    cover of their album

  29. Petri dish

    Anyone else getting a Swans vocal feel?

    Jchamp Jchamp

    +Timothy Carney the vocals kinda reminded me of Leonard Cohen when I first heard it, see where you're coming from though.

  30. yellowshirting

    the build up that begins around 2:15 ... oh boy, oh sheesh, just wonderful

  31. Abhilash `Nox` Baruah

    Mindblown* :o

  32. Phoebe Purtill

    Just found out this song is in 7/4 time; mind blown; life in ruins.

    Phoebe Purtill

    @Corbin Lythgoe every bar has 7 beats, when most songs only have 4. It took me ages to learn how to count along and notice these things.

    David Ruekberg

    7/4 is like gasping for breath, or ready to cry, barely able to finish the sentence. Nothing wrong with that. (But I think you can think of it this way: first bar of 4 has 4 and second has 3.)

    ZEEV BEN YEHIEL

    Try 7/12 like Frank Zappa does in some of his songs!!

    Foniks Monkee

    Or try Tool where they had 50+ time signature changes in one song. But this is cool - I hadn't realised this song was in an odd time signature.

    Andre Janssens

    Yes...7/4...so hard to play it correctly with my acoustic. I'll figure it out soon. Beautiful song!

  33. Ten Fivesmiths

    Love and Rockets - Dog End of a Day Gone By

    sharon shafir

    are you the one that Nick

  34. Jay Burress

    this is some shitty music.... dudes voice is horrid.

    Jay Burress

    Cool story bro

    Wolfatadoor

    HAH. Thanks for the laugh dingleberry.

    Leonard Wimbelton

    Thanks for the laughs m8

    Joseph Corridon

    That's kind of the appeal. These songs probably wouldn't sound as 'authentic' (god that's pretentious) if he sung like a choir boy. The fact that he genuinely sounds quietly defeated helps sell a song about not being able to fight and just staying down with ones demons.

  35. Kate Stephens

    So sad and gorgeous and haunting. If this song doesn't make you feel something, I don't know what to tell you.

  36. David Ellis

    I have heard a lot worse.

  37. aarno alikoski

    This is real music - fantastic.

  38. chswrkmn


    Lyrics:
    When I think of you in the city
    The sight of you among the sites
    I get this sudden sinking feeling
    Of a man about to fly
    Never kept me up before
    Now I've been awake for days
    I can't fight it anymore
    I'm going through an awkward phase
    I am secretly in love with
    Everyone that I grew up with
    Do my crying underwater
    I can't get down any farther
    All my drowning friends can see
    Now there is no running from it
    It's become the crux of me
    I wish that I could rise above it

    But I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons

    Passing buzzards in the sky
    Alligators in the sewers
    I don't even wonder why
    Hide among the under views
    Huddle with them all night long
    The worried talk to god goes on
    I sincerely tried to love it
    Wish that I could rise above it

    But I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons

    Can I stay here? I can sleep
    On the floor
    Paint the blood and hang the palms
    On the door
    Do not think I'm going places anymore
    Wanna see the sun come up above New York
    Oh, everyday I start so great
    Then the sunlight dims
    Less I've learned
    The more I see the pythons and the limbs
    Do not know what's wrong with me
    Sours in the cup
    When I walk into a room
    I do not light it up
    Fuck

    So I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons
    I stay down
    With my demons

    Javier Rodríguez

    +Chase Workman
    Buts and buzzards in the sky.*
    I hide among the younger viewers.*
    The less I look the more I see the pythons in the limbs.*
    The sour is in the cut.*

    Paul Wolfe

    When I think of you in the city,
    the sight of you among the sites,
    I get this sudden sinking feeling
    of a man about to fly.
    It never kept me up before,
    now I've been awake for days.
    I can't fight it anymore,
    I'm going through an awkward phase.
    I am secretly in love with
    everyone that I grew up with.
    I do my crying underwater,
    I can't get down any farther.
    All my drowning friends can see,
    now there is no running from it.
    It's become the crux of me.
    I wish that I could rise above it,
    but I stay down with my demons.
    I stay down with my demons.
    Bats and buzzards in the sky,
    alligators in the sewers.
    I don't even wonder why.
    I hide among the younger viewers.
    I huddle with them all night long,
    the worried talk to god goes on.
    I sincerely tried to love it.
    I wish that I could rise above it,
    but I stay down with my demons
    I stay down with my demons.
    I stay down with my demons.
    I stay down with my demons.
    Can I stay here?
    I can sleep on the floor.
    Paint the blood and hang the palms on the door.
    I do not think I'm going places anymore.
    I want to see the sun come up above New York.
    Everyday I start so great then the sunlight dims.
    The less I look the more I see the pythons in the limbs.
    I do not know what's wrong with me,
    the sour is in the cut.
    When I walk into a room I do not light it up.
    Fuck.
    So I stay down with my demons.
    I stay down with my demons.

  39. Luc Damen

    Hallo ik ben 11 jaar ik en mijn vader zijn groot fan en willen graag dat een concert van jullie

    Jullie zijn beter dan Coldplay en U2
    Geweldige stem

  40. Gloomy Fish

    Holy crap how am I only descovering this band now? XD

  41. Melody Rosas

    When I walk into a room, I do not light it up fuck! I stay down with my demons ....

  42. Koutanya

    Not to be confused with Imagine Dragons' "Demons"

    Cris Serna

    +Aurora Whisper (Deaf) what's imagine dragons?

  43. Beef Quirky

    Please excuse me.  I'm going to jump off a bridge now.

  44. FridayImInLove07

    "Can I stay here? / I can sleep on the floor."
    Such an amazing band! 

  45. Jason Panici

    I'm going through an awkward phase...

  46. Sophie Rose

    That illustration of the album cover is absolutely beautiful, as is the song. Matt's voice just tops this all off, words can't describe how great this band actually is!

  47. Nidarisk

    Amazing.

  48. Katie Johnson

    Fuckin Awesome!!!!! 

  49. Steven Lindquist

    brilliant, the words changed but brilliant. 

  50. Soul on ice 82

    They somehow manage to speak to a very sensitive, awkward, insecure part of human nature without making it too heavy or depressing. Lines like "and I cried a little, I got fried a little", "I was solid gold, I was in the fight, I was coming back from what seemed like a ruin" all seem to touch a basic thing we all go through

    MrZeldafan125

    @Soul on ice 82 totally agree with you they manage to make a connection to everyday people

  51. Terry Easton

    I love this band!

  52. Jyro 13

    That's so clever drawing the album cover... This song give me instant nostalgia!!

  53. James Agnew

    This is my jam. It really grows on you...I am secretly in love with everyone I grew up with...

  54. Claudia Di Masi

    Mancano 3 giorno al concerto di Roma, sono in trepidazione 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  55. ButkusLeicester63

    Me too Rh....I dig them a lot!

  56. George Mansour

    The beat sounds incredibly similar to 'Animal Skins' by Dry the River. Both in 7/4 time

  57. Bolot Hehe

    Trouble will find me.  
    So true.     :(      

  58. Robert Nowak

    7/8 .... no more questions

  59. RC DUDE FPV/UK

    great tune ,great vid :o)

  60. Pau Fàbrega R-Roda

    "But I stay down, with Matt Damon..."

    TobShowHost

    the fuck, i hate you now :(

    toplobster

    what has been heard can not be unheard

    Alejandro Ortega

    You wanker, you should be in jail :(

    uddy samuel

    hahahaha! Gee Thanks man. Been trying to sing this song without feeling guilty :)

    Mike Swindell

    Hahahaha!

  61. Lucien EADG

    Such a easy listening song, in such a weird time signature... Nice !

  62. Gala Farah

    the song and that artist are amazing!

  63. Mark Williams

    These were my favourite songs when i was investing in real estate.But then 
    again my jokes aren't funny.

  64. Erin Blake

    I own this CD and LOVE it!

  65. Pétur poe einarson

    oh yes good shit 

  66. no1uknow

    The more I listen to this, the more I like it. Love the deep singing voice. I dig this band.

    EveryChevyChase

    +no1uknow You should check out Bill Callahan, who recorded under his own name more recently, but was in a group call (Smog) that is just the kitty's titties.

  67. Andrew McClenning

    The FUCK is perfectly placed and sang!

  68. Combo872

    Great song when you're driving, dancing, fucking, drinking, playing and what not!

  69. Bambi

    This is amazing

  70. Darren Prest

    Props to the artist! And the National are the BEST!!

  71. bobby mankelow

    Brilliant song , '' I am secretly in love with everyone I grew up with''
    This song sums my life up at this moment in time. (it will change though)
    And I know I am not the only one who feels the same :-)
    I need to see them Live!!

  72. Lilianne Francis

    One of my favourites from Trouble will Find Me, such a beautiful, powerful song :)  I went to see The National last night!! I love them so much! It was a really fantastic experience.
    The only thing...I think they need to rework their acoustics, the instruments drowned out the vocals through a lot of it.

  73. Augusto Amado

    The National is my favorite band from now on ;) super fan !

  74. lbstwinkie

    7/4 you guys!  7/4!

  75. Jamie Bigham

    Best use of the word "fuck" in a song

    isitgettinheavy

    good point, you're right

    Michele Lea Morin

    Having heard it countless times I completely agree. A close runner up is Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam.

    Terry Spry

    ABSOLUTELY!
    This is the point in this song that really gave me the chills!

  76. Moataz Gwaily

    First time i noticed that cough at the very end!!

  77. Panicmatt

    I stay down... With my demons...

  78. Kidofrodo

    The National are GODS

  79. chip nathan

    Superb art on artist song I'd say it was great!

  80. TheRabidglow

    Great band live! 

  81. Bronwen Fallens

    have mercy, love love love The National x

  82. Joy Ogundare

    Oh that voice! Lord have mercy!

  83. Gabriel Colwell

    I didn't know Leonard Cohen was still singing....

    Shawn McDonough

    Haha more like Stephen Meritt of the Magnetic Fields

  84. Thomas Holdsworth

    when i walk into a room, i do not light it up...fuck!

    bill anderson

    I just noticed those lines, I love the way he sings it...lol

    Andrew McClenning

    @bill anderson Same. Perfectly placed and sang!

  85. Angus Rocha

    ☻/ This is Bob . Copy and paste him
    /▌ all over Youtube
    / \ so he can take over and take down Google+

  86. Hobgoblin Soup

    In case anyone has missed this little number, its a cover by The National and St. Vincent and is one of the best damn things I've ever heard.
    The National and St. Vincent - Sleep All Summer (Crooked Fingers Cover)

  87. Cheeseatingjunglista

    Superb
    Peerless
    I can hear so many bands in here yet it is unique and theirs alone
    Best rock (?) music I've heard in years

  88. Gregory Eschbacher

    Damn, when this song hits 2:25 or so, it's just the best.

  89. Brolly

    National you are too damn good.

  90. Val Jester.

    Might be? (:

  91. Oscar Dorado

    holi :3

  92. Oscar Dorado

    are you old too?

  93. Oscar Dorado

    you're old

  94. Santiago Marulanda

    holi :3