The National Confront Insecurities on New Song 'Somebody Desperate'

The track appears on the end credits of Cyrano

Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner

12/3/2021 1:14:00 PM

The National have released a new song, “Somebody Desperate,' from upcoming film 'Cyrano.'

The track appears on the end credits of Cyrano

and his wife Carin Besser.“Somebody Desperate” was initially written for one of the characters, but got put on the back burner when the musicians realized they already had enough songs for the film.“It didn’t feel like the film itself needed this song in the narrative, but it captured an overall perspective on the whole thing, and it could have been written about any of the three main characters,” Berninger

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NMEof writing the song. “It’s a song about someone being honest about not being honest with themselves, and about not being honest with other people. It’s someone confronting their own insecurities, and how they put on false pretenses to cover up those insecurities.”

Cyrano, which also stars Haley Bennett and Kelvin Harrison, Jr., is in theaters Dec. 31. The film’s soundtrack, which features the cast singing and Glen Hansard along with music from the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Vikingur Ólafsson, arrives on Dec. 10 via Decca.

Berninger told Rolling Stone about the process of writing for each of the characters in the film in an interview in 2019. “I think they are all lost in themselves,”he said

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