“Guest Room” by The National

“They’re gonna send us to prison for jerks. For having vague ideas of the way to turn each other on again.”

They’re gonna send us to prison for jerks
For having vague ideas of the way to turn each other on again
They’re gonna send us to prison for jerks

They’ll find us here
Here, here in the guest room
Where we throw money at each other and cry
Oh, my

We miss being ruffians, going wild and bright
In the corners of front yards, getting in and out of cars
We miss being deviants

They’ll find us here
Here, here in the guest room
Where we throw money at each other and cry
Oh, my

We can’t stay here
We’re starting to stay the same
We can’t stay here
We can’t stay this way

Just tie your woman to your wrist
Give her room to tie the other

They’ll find us here
Here, here in the guest room
Where we throw money at each other and cry
Oh, my


Matt Berninger of The National explains Boxer lyrics

By Jason Killingsworth  |  September 12, 2008  |  5:57pm

“You’ll find us here in the guest room where we throw money at each other and cry.” (“Guest Room”)

[What I mistakenly thought it was about: I had an image in my mind that resembled that scene at the end of Requiem for a Dream in which Jennifer Connolly’s character is being forced to engage in lesbian sex in her pimp’s apartment living room with a mob of leering businessmen in suits crowded around shining flashlights and shouting. Connolly has this vacant, devastating look in her eyes like she wishes she could curl up in a ball and cry. Even though the businessmen aren’t throwing money, it would makes sense in that scenario. This is one of those rare occasions when I’m glad to be proven wrong.]

MB: Oh, that was sort of stolen from Grace Paley. She’s got a collection of shorts stories called Enormous Changes At The Last Minute and there’s a scene where some guy chases a woman down a sidewalk and at one point they’re having this argument and she throws like three dollars in change at him. It’s one of those really heartbreaking and absurd moments where it’s so pathetic, but its also kind of hilarious you know, they’re screaming at each other and she throws change in his face, or something. So, yeah, that was kind of taken from that, and then I think it was used in the song to represent those awkward intimate moments where you have those really stupid, ugly things that you do in a relationship when you get fed up with each other or whatever. You do things that are just ridiculous, but then you eventually let each other off the hook.

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