Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem couldn't have known about Superstorm Sandy when he wrote "National Anthem," the final song on this summer's "Handwritten."
Yet four months after the proudly New Jersey-based band released its major-label debut, "National Anthem" is sounding an awful lot like an elegy for the water-ravaged Garden State.
"I can't stand the weather / No, I never liked the rain," Fallon sings over a plaintive guitar-and-strings arrangement full of his hero Bruce Springsteen. "Take it easy, baby / It ain't over yet."
That reading of the song comes to unfortunately vivid life in a stirring new video -- posted to the Gaslight Anthem's YouTube channel Monday -- that sets "National Anthem" to a string of images depicting the destruction Sandy caused. Watch the video below, and follow the band's suggestion to visit punkcares.org to assist in relief efforts.
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