The National wrote the song, "Think You Can Wait" with guest vocal appearing from Sharon Van Etten after watching the new Paul Giamatti-starring film Win Win.
Per an interview lead singer, Matt Berninger did with HitFix:
I caught up with frontman Matt Berninger on my sixth night at the festival, and he explained how "Win Win" director Tom McCarthy was a "huge fan" of the band and had been listening to their music as he crafted his Paul Giamatti-starring film.
"We knew he was a serious director," Berninger said, mentioning that he enjoyed McCarthy's directorial debut "Station Agent" and 2007's "The Visitor."
The material of "Win Win" was "just the kind of thing our music would work well for."
"It's about very normal and good people trying to do their best and the struggle to be good," Berninger says.
So upon viewing the movie while on tour, Berninger began cobbling together melody ideas and working with his wife on lyrics. When the band returned to Brooklyn, they hit cohort Aaron Dessners' home studio with Brooklyn neighbor and frequent show opener Van Etten and producer Peter Katis. All in all, "Think You Can Wait" was only completed a month ago.
"This was the first time we had written specifically for a film," Berninger told me. "We wouldn't normally do that, but Tom McCarthy's movies are so good. Watching ['Win Win'] helped inspire the way the song was written. 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."
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