Listen to The National’s ‘Light Years’ from Legacies, Season 3, Episode 2

Legacies, Season 3, Episode 2 — photo copyright Mark Hill/The CW

The American indie rock band The National’s ‘Light Years‘ was one of several superb songs played on the new episode of The CW’s Legacies this week — Legacies, Season 3, Episode 2, “Goodbyes Sure Do Suck“.

Light Years‘ is the gorgeous and touching second single and the final track on the band’s 16-track eighth studio album I Am Easy to Find.


That album was released in 2019 via the 4AD record label.

An album that was both critically-acclaimed and fan-loved, and one that ultimately ended up on the Best Albums of 2019 lists of several major music outlets.

The album featured both The National and several vocalists that collaborated with the band, including Sharon Van Etten, Kate Stables, Mina Tindle, Lisa Hannigan and Gail Ann Dorsey.

It charted in 23 countries, including the UK and the United States, hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. A chart it stayed on at year-end in the #84 position.

The National’s ‘Light Years‘ also spawned an official black and white music video directed by Mike Mills.

It follows a young girl through young adulthood, dating, marriage, having a child, the death of her father, raising her child and seeing him off to college, and eventually the death of her husband.

The video ends with the woman lying in bed, just as she started. Her life almost over. Just as it began.

Listen to The National’s ‘Light Years‘ as heard on Legacies in that music video, and on The National’s album I Am Easy To Find.


Michelle Topham