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Exile Vilify
Release

April 19, 2011[1]

Genre

Indie rock

Length

4:45

Performer

The National

Singer

Matt Berninger

Writer

Matt Berninger

"Exile Vilify"[2] is a song composed and performed by The National exclusively for Portal 2.[3] It was released as a single on April 19, 2011,[1] the same day as Portal 2’s release.

OverviewEdit

  • Originally, it was intended to be used for a "fake ending" Easter egg located about 20 minutes into the game. When this became impossible to execute, the song was rewritten to make it more sombre and was put into a Ratman den.[4]

LyricsEdit

The following is a complete transcription of the lyrics, with, in bold, the words seen on Rattmann's graffiti where the song is played.

Exile. It takes your mind... Again.
Exile. It takes your mind... Again.

Ratman thenational 02
Ratman graffiti found in the "Exile Vilify" den, above the radio.
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You've got sucker's luck...
Have you given up?
Does it feel like a trial?
Does it trouble your mind the way you trouble mine?

Exile. It takes your mind... Again.
Exile. It takes your mind... Again.

Oh, you meant so much...
Have you given up?
Does it feel like a trial?
Does it trouble your mind the way you trouble mine?
Does it feel like a trial?
Now, you're thinking too fast, you're like marbles on glass.


Ratman thenational 01
Ditto, on the opposite wall.
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Vilify. Don't even try.
Vilify. Don't even try.

You've got sucker's luck...
Have you given up?
Does it feel[s] like a trial?
Does it trouble your mind the way you trouble mine?
Does it feel like a trial?
Did you fall for the same empty answers again?

Vilify. Don't even try.
Vilify. Don't even try.

Vilify. Don't even try.
Vilify. Don't even try.

Vilify.

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