Who knew, when the six man Manchester band called James released their 1991 single “Sit Down” (a re-recording of a song they’d initially released a couple years earlier), that they had just delivered the perfect theme song for the fledgling 112th U.S. Congress – shell-shocked, grief-stricken and deeply divided – on the occasion of the 44th U.S. President’s third State of the Union address:

“Those who feel the breath of sadness, sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness, sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous, sit down next to me
In love, in fear, in hate, in tears…”

This is a song that, in its studio version, offered a lot of solace to my financially-desperate, socially-inept, lonely, frightened, freshman-in-college-age self. But seeing this gorgeous live version from a 2001 farewell show, seeing that massive crowd singing its lyrics together like one great, glorious “me too” is at least as uplifting as two congresspeople from opposite sides of the aisle making a point of sitting down next to each other for the President’s speech – as if that’s so damn hard.