I love The National. Their sound is totally unique. The haunting vocals of Matt Berninger give me the chills. And I think their album Trouble Will Find Me is one of the best and most complete albums I’ve ever come across.

But I’ll be honest in confessing that more often than not, I have no clue what their songs are actually about. Talk about some seriously esoteric songwriting. Sure, I can concoct my own far-fetched theories about what’s really behind the lyrics — theories about love and loss and the search for purpose. But at the end of the day, I’m probably just reading my own experiences into the song. (Although maybe that’s the point? Maybe the songs are intentionally vague so the listener can create his or her own meaning out of them?)

At any rate, if you know what “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is about, you’re obviously brighter than I am. But despite my ignorance, there’s one line that has always caught my attention, and I find myself singing it over and over again: “I still owe money to the money to the money I owe.”

That’s such a great line that I think it merits some #MusicMonday love. So enjoy this cool live recording that the band did for APM’s Marketplace (huh?), featuring this really great line (sandwiched between lots of other great lines whose true meaning may or may not be lost on me):

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  1. Awesome group and awesome song. Covered by others decently as well. What’s it mean? Yeah who knows but just the title you could read a lot of things into and like you said that’s probably the point. It’s more about the feeling and essence that the music and lyrics evoke and what it means to the listener. Probably something personal to the writer but sharing it for our own interpretation and meaning. Or at least I hope so.


  2. Thanks for sharing this song with us. I haven’t heard of them before, but I definitely need to start doing my research now. Really like the way you write, by the way.

    If I’m just starting to listen to them, what’re some good tracks to listen to?


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