My eyes are T-shirts, they're so easy to read I wear 'em for you but they're all about me
Somber piano chords and steel guitar backdrop this self-reflexive track, which directly addresses Matt Berninger's inability to keep his emotions hidden. "I have a hard time concealing my thoughts'" he admitted to Uncut magazine about being such an open book. "One of my nicknames in The National, amongst the mainly semi-cutting, funny and underhanded ones is Stark Pronouncement. I can never edit myself. I just say it straight away, too soon, too loud, too honestly. I guess what my eyes are T-shirts is saying that even when I don't open my mouth, people can tell when I'm mad or when I'm mad or when I'm trying to lie. And I'm a terrible liar."
Berninger co-wrote the song with his National bandmate Scott Devendorf.
Gail Ann Dorsey, David Bowie's longtime bassist, plays bass on the track along with Devendorf. The Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden plays the piano and acoustic guitar.
Will.I.am, literally dreamt up "I Gotta Feelin'." Said the Black Eyed Pea: "Have you ever had a dream where there's a melody in your dream? I'll wake up out of my sleep and record that! 'I Gotta Feelin' was one of those songs."
"Lean On" was originally sent by Major Lazer to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's camps as a slower reggae track. After both parties rejected the tune, Major Lazer recruited Danish singer MØ to supply vocals and recorded it themselves.