Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

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The Suburbs

In the suburbs, I learned to drive
And you told me we'd never survive
Grab your mother's keys, we're leaving

You always seemed so sure
One day we'd be fighting in a suburban war
Your part of town against mine
I saw you standing on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell
we were already bored
We were already, already bored

CHORUS; Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
The kids want to be so hard

But in my dreams we're still sreaming and running through the yard
When all the walls that they built in the 70s finally fall
And the houses they built in the 70s finally fall
Meant nothing at all?
Meant nothing at all
It meant nothing

CHORUS: Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand?
I want a daughter while I'm still young?
I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before the damage is done.
But if it's too much to ask
if it's too much to ask
Then send me a son

Under the overpass, in the parking lot we're still
waiting
It's already past,, so move your feet from hot pavement
And into the grass 'cause it's already past
It's already past

CHORUS: Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again
I'm moving past the feeling
I'm moving past the feeling

And in my dreams, we're still screaming
We're still screaming
We're still screaming.



















songwriters: Win and William Butler, band members of Arcade Fire

performed by: Arcade Fire

date released: in 2010 by Arcade Fire for Spike Jonze's movie, "The Suburbs"

Indie band, Arcade Fire, from Montreal has taken the world by storm winning the 2011 Grammy for "Album of the Year" with "The Suburbs." They also won the 2010 British award for Best International Album. In Canada, they cleaned up at the 2011 Juno Awards in Toronto taking home the awards for: Album of the Year, Best Alternative Album, Group of the Year, Best Songwriting. Probably their highest accolade of the highest accolade came from Canadian music icon, Neil Young, who acknowledged the sheer talent of the band.

The band consists of: Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufeld and the instruments they play are as varied as the band members. When asked the genesis of the name, "Arcade Fire", Win Butler replied that it referred to a fire in an arcade. How precious. A band with this kind of talent doesn't need the cachet of a catchy name to succeed in high places.

Although I have not seen Spike Jonze's movie for which the song is a part of the soundtrack, the movie clip and lyrics suggest a youthful time where there seems to be no consequence to one's actions. Got a bike, got a girl, got your mother's car keys and everything is cool.

Everything appears to be floating in time in the streets of the suburbs until the reality of the streets hits back hard with a real shooting, assault and hardship which rouse the teens out of dreamy innocence. The pithy line is:

"Sometimes I can't believe it. I'm moving past the feeling."

Arcade Fire is the modern William Blake in this song of Innocence and Experience.

Band members Will and Win Butler spoke on US radio station NPR Music yesterday (May 27, 2010), saying that the title for the album, out August 2, was inspired by their upbringing in Houston.

"Will and I were born in a really small town in California, on the Nevada border," Win explained. "Maybe 50 people on the side of a mountain. We moved to the suburbs of Houston when we were young. Being a very young child, it's like going to Mars or something. The blast of hot air when you get off the plane at Houston. Just trying to talk about some of the feeling [on the album]."

He added: "A lot of my heroes from Bob Dylan to Joe Strummer were suburban kids who had to pretend they were train-hoppers their whole lives. Talking about an experience and not make-believe [is what we're doing on 'The Suburbs']."

Speaking about the music on the album, Will said that there were, "Two poles of the album, maybe have a rock'n'roll thing, then more electronics. The album lies between these extremes."



























The Suburbs

In the suburbs, I learned to drive
And you told me we'd never survive
Grab your mother's keys, we're leaving

You always seemed so sure
One day we'd be fighting in a suburban war
Your part of town against mine
I saw you standing on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell
we were already bored
We were already, already bored

CHORUS; Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
The kids want to be so hard

But in my dreams we're still sreaming and running through the yard
When all the walls that they built in the 70s finally fall
And the houses they built in the 70s finally fall
Meant nothing at all?
Meant nothing at all
It meant nothing

CHORUS: Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand?
I want a daughter while I'm still young?
I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before the damage is done.
But if it's too much to ask
if it's too much to ask
Then send me a son

Under the overpass, in the parking lot we're still
waiting
It's already past,, so move your feet from hot pavement
And into the grass 'cause it's already past
It's already past

CHORUS: Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again
I'm moving past the feeling
I'm moving past the feeling

And in my dreams, we're still screaming
We're still screaming
We're still screaming.



















songwriters: Win and William Butler, band members of Arcade Fire

performed by: Arcade Fire

date released: in 2010 by Arcade Fire for Spike Jonze's movie, "The Suburbs"

Indie band, Arcade Fire, from Montreal has taken the world by storm winning the 2011 Grammy for "Album of the Year" with "The Suburbs." They also won the 2010 British award for Best International Album. In Canada, they cleaned up at the 2011 Juno Awards in Toronto taking home the awards for: Album of the Year, Best Alternative Album, Group of the Year, Best Songwriting. Probably their highest accolade of the highest accolade came from Canadian music icon, Neil Young, who acknowledged the sheer talent of the band.

The band consists of: Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufeld and the instruments they play are as varied as the band members. When asked the genesis of the name, "Arcade Fire", Win Butler replied that it referred to a fire in an arcade. How precious. A band with this kind of talent doesn't need the cachet of a catchy name to succeed in high places.

Although I have not seen Spike Jonze's movie for which the song is a part of the soundtrack, the movie clip and lyrics suggest a youthful time where there seems to be no consequence to one's actions. Got a bike, got a girl, got your mother's car keys and everything is cool.

Everything appears to be floating in time in the streets of the suburbs until the reality of the streets hits back hard with a real shooting, assault and hardship which rouse the teens out of dreamy innocence. The pithy line is:

"Sometimes I can't believe it. I'm moving past the feeling."

Arcade Fire is the modern William Blake in this song of Innocence and Experience.

Band members Will and Win Butler spoke on US radio station NPR Music yesterday (May 27, 2010), saying that the title for the album, out August 2, was inspired by their upbringing in Houston.

"Will and I were born in a really small town in California, on the Nevada border," Win explained. "Maybe 50 people on the side of a mountain. We moved to the suburbs of Houston when we were young. Being a very young child, it's like going to Mars or something. The blast of hot air when you get off the plane at Houston. Just trying to talk about some of the feeling [on the album]."

He added: "A lot of my heroes from Bob Dylan to Joe Strummer were suburban kids who had to pretend they were train-hoppers their whole lives. Talking about an experience and not make-believe [is what we're doing on 'The Suburbs']."

Speaking about the music on the album, Will said that there were, "Two poles of the album, maybe have a rock'n'roll thing, then more electronics. The album lies between these extremes."



























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Quiz #: 7735
Multiple-Juno and Grammy winner, Arcade Fire, brings you their celebrated hit from their platinum album, "The Suburbs"
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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