Song of the week and a response: I Need My Girl – The National; Cannonball With Me

Inspired by justruminating and others, here is my song of the week and my response poem.

If this post becomes a regular song of the week, we will learn something about my love of the band The National. This song tells a love story that is more real than “pop” and reflects the melancholic and romantic moods of this marvelously creative band. I am sure we will be talking about them more here.

But first, a response:

Cannonball With Me

I need my girl, and girl cannonball with me
See who can make a bigger splash
See who can make a harder crash
We are good at looking taller, we are grounded,
So tell them to talk about what this clown did.

I need my girl, and girl come and dance with me
We will spin and spin and spin
We will drink like Hank and Boleyn
I promise to keep your head, though, in mind
Really, to take it from you I am disinclined.

I need my girl, girl need me too, need me to
Love you more than 45 percent, expect interest
Compounding as we count our splashes and spins
Making life small enough to get my head around it:
The divine, the apology, the shit I lost.
I need my girl, I need my girl, I need…

Take this gun out of my hand, Davy.

I Need My Girl – The National
Written by: Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf

I am good, I am grounded
Davy says that I look taller
But I can’t get my head around it
I keep feeling smaller and smaller
I need my girl
I need my girl

Remember when you lost your shit and
Drove the car into the garden
You got out and said I’m sorry
To the vines and no one saw it
I need my girl
I need my girl

I’m under the gun again
I know I was a 45-percenter then
I know I was a lot of things
But I am good, I am grounded
Davy says that I look taller
But I can’t get my head around it
I keep feeling smaller and smaller
I need my girl
I need my girl

There’s some things that I should never
Laugh about in front of family
I tried to call you from the party
It’s full of punks and cannonballers
I need my girl
I need my girl

I’m under the gun again
I know I was a 45-percenter then
I know I was a lot of things
But I am good, I am grounded
Davy says that I look taller
I can’t get my head around it
I keep feeling smaller and smaller
I keep feeling smaller and smaller
I keep feeling smaller and smaller

6 thoughts on “Song of the week and a response: I Need My Girl – The National; Cannonball With Me

  1. S Francis says:

    Em, catching up on comments and posts this weekend and saw this one went unanswered. Over the last few years, really since I head Bloodbuzz, Ohio, The National has grown into a passion for me. Their music and intensity and melancholy. I will look forward to your harmonium rendition! The question I must ask now, will The National be the band of the month or should I explore others… bloggers dilemma.

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  2. S Francis says:

    Em, catching up on comments and posts this weekend and saw this one went unanswered. Over the last few years, really since I head Bloodbuzz, Ohio, The National has grown into a passion for me. Their music and intensity and melancholy. I will look forward to your harmonium rendition! The question I must ask now, will The National be the band of the month or should I explore others… bloggers dilemma.

    Like

  3. Emily says:

    I LOVE The National, and this song. (I have the chords printed for Hard to Find to record on my harmonium, but I’ve yet to get to it. Perhaps this week. 🙂 )
    And excellent poetic response!

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  4. S Francis says:

    A new section… yes! A month in to this adventure and it might be time to start organizing my thoughts and writing lines. Music has always been the basis of my writing, so this will be fun to do! Glad you enjoyed it. 💩

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  5. Singledust says:

    this is something new! poetry that comes the back of a song like. interesting take on the words the original song has and your interpretation and justification of the need of this type of girl in your life – deeply intriguing! looks like an exciting new section here.

    Liked by 1 person

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