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Music Monday: “Somebody Desperate” by The National from ‘Cyrano’ Soundtrack

"Somebody Desperate" by The National single cover from 'Cyrano' Soundtrack
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that every song The National release will be an instant hit. But sometimes, a track hits harder than all others, changing the game for a while — sending you through a never-ending loop of replay on replay. That’s the case with “Somebody Desperate” by The National, an original song featured in the Cyrano soundtrack.

When it comes to lyrically moving songs, The National always has us covered with simple verses that hit like a ton of bricks. (I still think about the first time I heard “England” and “You Are A Kindness” from the High Violet album.) And in that same vein, “Somebody Desperate” by The National paints the kind of beautiful story that works to evoke thousands of emotions whether you’ve seen Cyrano or not.

You have no idea, do you?
But I do
I just don’t know what to say
‘Cause I’m so so afraid

That wasn’t me
I don’t know who that was
That was somebody desperate
Someone in love

The desperation (pun intended) in these lyrics and the emotions Matt Berninger packs into every word feel like sparks from a thousand suns. It’s a breathtaking, beautifully vulnerable track that’s so emotionally driven, if you’re anything like me and adore The National then it’ll be a reward to catch the song even before you see the film. And then once you do watch Cyrano, well, that’s a whole other story.

Further Recommended Single: “Human Heart” by Coldplay

Listen to “Somebody Desperate” by The National below and come cry about the magic within the lyrics with us.

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Gissane Sophia View All

Gissane (pronounced Geese-enny) or, as people often call her, "Goose," is a Christ fan above all and a romance enthusiast who's taken her Master's degree in English and love for essays into writing lengthy analyses about pop culture.

She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Marvelous Geeks Media and the co-host of Lady Geeks' Society Podcast. She drinks too much coffee, wants to live in a forest, and cries a lot because of her favorite characters. She's a member of The Cherry Picks and can also be found writing features for MovieWeb and Looper.

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