The President

Album: Fallen Empires (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the closing track of Fallen Empires. The album is bookended by two stories of separate homeless people that lead vocalist Gary Lightbody met in Santa Monica.
  • Canadian musician Owen Pallett, who has recorded his own material under the name of Final Fantasy, did the song's arrangement. Lightbody told Billboard magazine: "In the end we just took it down to a piano and it sounded amazing cause it's so heartbreaking with just a voice and a piano. And then Owen heard it and he loved it and he said can I do an arrangement for it."

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