The National Think You Can Wait

The National’s “Think You Can Wait” is the theme song for Thomas McCarthy-directed (and Paul Giamatti-starring) “sports comedy-drama” Win Win. Matt Berninger told HitFlix that the track, which features guest vocals from Sharon Van Etten, was inspired by McCarthy’s material: “It’s about very normal and good people trying to do their best and the struggle to be good.” He adds: “I mean, it isn’t at all narrative to what happens in the movie — we don’t mention Paul Giamatti by name or anything. But it was fun, and it’s a good song, we’re very proud of it.” Take a listen:

(Via Some Kind Of Awesome via TwentyFourBit)

Win Win premiered at Sundance in January. It hits US theaters on 3/25.

Comments (21)
  1. These guys can’t write a bad song.

  2. ddogdunit  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2011 -4

    sve makes the song

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  4. I’m going to agree with Captain Boring, these guys never fail. You can download the track over at

  5. This song reminds me of “Streets of Philadelphia”.

    On a related note, I’d really like to hear the National cover “Streets of Philadelphia” now.

  6. “The National has a new song Think You Can Wait, and it confirms my long-held belief that Matt Berninger just wants everyone to cry and moodily drink whisky all the time. Hear it at Stereogum.”

  7. This is great.

  8. this is sweet…

  9. i saw the film at a sneak preview last night and the moment the screen faded to black and matt berninger’s voice came on… it was the ultimate climax to a really stark and amazing film! =)

  10. I can’t wait to see the movie. Anyone seen it?

  11. Such a beautiful song! Best 2011 theme so far…

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