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The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness - The National

The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Sleep Well Beast
indie rock indie alternative 2017 american


“The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” is the first single from The National’s seventh album Sleep Well Beast. According to an interview with Pitchfork, the song is “an abstract portrait of a weird time we’re in.”


The National is a Brooklyn-based alternative rock band formed in 1999, by friends from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The band's lyrics are written and sung by Matt Berninger in a distinctive, deep baritone. The rest of the band is composed of two pairs of brothers: Aaron Dessner (guitar, bass, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar), Scott Devendorf (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums). Their self-titled debut album"The National" (Brassland 2001) was recorded and released before they had played even a single show. Show more ...

The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness - The National

[Verse 1]
Maybe I listen more than you think
And I can tell that somebody sold you
We said we’ve never let anyone in
We said we’d only die of lonely secrets

[Chorus]
The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

[Verse 2]
I thought that this would all work out after a while
Now you’re saying that I’m asking for too much attention
Also no other faith is light enough for this place
We said we’d only die of lonely secrets

[Chorus]
The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

[Bridge]
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way

[Chorus]
The system only dreams in total darkness
Why are you hiding from me?
We’re in a different kind of thing now
All night you’re talking to God

[Outro]
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way
I cannot explain it
Any other, any other way



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