Don't Swallow the Cap

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"Don't Swallow the Cap"
Single by The National
from the album Trouble Will Find Me
Released April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22)
Recorded 2012–13
Genre Indie rock
Length 4:46
Label 4AD
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Aaron Dessner
  • Bryce Dessner
The National singles chronology
"Demons"
(2013)
"Don't Swallow the Cap"
(2013)
"Graceless"
(2013)

"Don't Swallow the Cap" is a song by American indie rock band The National. Written by band members Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Bryce Dessner, it appears as the third track on the band's sixth studio album Trouble Will Find Me. "Don't Swallow the Cap" was released to United States modern rock radio as the album's second overall single on April 22, 2013.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[1] 7
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[2] 48

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Trouble Will Find Me liner notes.[3]

  • Matt Berninger – lead vocals
  • Aaron Dessner – guitar, keyboards, vibraphone, harmonica
  • Bryce Dessner – guitar, keyboards, e-bow, orchestration
  • Bryan Devendorf – drums, percussion
  • Scott Devendorf – bass guitar

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[4][5] April 22, 2013 Adult album alternative radio
April 23, 2013 Modern rock radio
Europe[1][not in citation given] May 13, 2013 Contemporary hit radio

In Popular Culture[edit]

The song title is likely in reference to Tennessee Williams, who died choking on the cap of a bottle of eyedrops. Williams is frequently referenced in The National's lyrics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – The National – Don't Swallow the Cap" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  2. ^ "Rock Digital Songs". Billboard. June 8, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ Trouble Will Find Me (liner notes). The National. 4AD. 2013. CAD3315CD. 
  4. ^ "Triple A Music Radio News, Pop Music, Top AAA Songs, Charts, Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Alternative Music Radio News, Pop Music, Top AAA Songs, Charts, Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2014.