American rock band The National’s ‘Light Years‘ was played on the NBC drama This Is Us last night — This Is Us, Season 6, Episode 8, “The Guitar Man“.
The poignant song was heard playing as Kevin is in the hospital waiting room waiting to see Cassidy, and is a track written from the perspective of someone who doesn’t realize what he had until it was gone.
And how the person he loved was always moving faster, and shone more brightly than he believes he ever could.
The National’s ‘Light Years‘ is the second single from the band’s last album I Am Easy to Find, which was released in 2019.
The album was not only a critical success for The National, but was a commercial success as well.
It charted at #1 on the U.S. Top Rock Albums chart, and #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
It also made it to the Top 10 in 14 other countries, including the United Kingdom.
Listen to The National’s ‘Light Years‘ in the song’s black and white music video, and on the band’s I Am Easy to Find album.
The track has simple lyrics and a simple melody that are incredibly effective in conveying a deep and quite sad emotion.
You can watch Season 6 of This Is Us on NBC.
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