Watch: The National’s Matt Berninger performs ‘One More Second’ on ‘The Late Show’

'I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs'

The National frontman Matt Berninger took to The Tonight Show With Stephen Colbert, where he performed “One More Second.”

Berninger’s performance of his Serpentine Prison track is powerful in its intimacy, revolving around a stark instrumental line, as Berninger’s crooning vocals take the lead.

“I wrote ‘One More Second’ with Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander, EL VY) with the intention for it to be a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You,’ or sort of the other side of that conversation,” Berninger explains. “I just wanted to write one of those classic simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car.”

Watch the performance in full below.