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The National cover “I’ll See You in My Dreams” for Boardwalk Empire

on November 19, 2012, 5:41pm

nuckyboardwalk2012 The National cover Ill See You in My Dreams for Boardwalk Empire

From cartoon burger joints to Prohibition-era Atlantic City: The National’s latest cover version finds them reworking Isham Jones and The Ray Miller Orchestra’s 1924 song “I’ll See You in My Dreams” for last night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire. Accompanied by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, the band maintain the original’s quaint, old-timey aesthetic, with frontman Matt Berninger busting out a particularly forlorn baritone that imbibes the song’s message of romantic reunion with a steady undertone of gloom. Check it out below (via Fuck Yeah! The National).

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Jake
November 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

the national is all over the HBO series. they recorded that song for the outro of the Blackwater episode of Game of Thrones last Spring

Kasia Ciesla
November 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

why didn’t they just use this one?

fadista
November 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

For two good reasons: 1. It’s old but not of the era (the one they used is of the era with a contemporary vocalist added) and 2. It leaves out the verse (although it is common to omit the opening verse, the verses are often an integral part of these songs and it’s always a treat to hear the entire song as it was written, rather than just the popular refrain). And, personally, for my taste, the version you linked to doesn’t have the pathos needed for the scene. This song is often done uptempo which works musically while betraying the sentiment of the lyric. Many of these old songs have a nice tension between despair and hope–it’s in the music in the use of major and minor chords and often in the harmonies to underscore the dual simulataneous emotions. A really nice version of this song that keeps the original intent of the emotion is done by Joe Brown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVr-GUnwpnQ

Khaldrogo
November 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Because it sucks, duh.