Arcade Fire: Neighbourhood #2: Laika

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Laika

Alexander, our older brother, set out for a great adventure
He tore our images out of his pictures
He scratched our names out of all his letters

CHORUS: Our mother shoulda , just named you "Laika"

Come on, Alex, you can do it
Come on, Alex, there's nothing to it
If you want something, don't ask for nothing
If you want nothing, don't ask for something
Our mother shoulda, just named you "Laika"
It's for your own good, it's for the neighbourhood
For the neighbourhood

Your older brother bit by a vampire
For a year we caught his tears in a cup
And now we're gonna make him drink it
Come on Alex, don't die or dry up

CHORUS; Our mother shoulda just named you Laika It's for your own good
It's for the neighbourhood
When daddy comes home, you always start a fight
So the neighbours can dance in the police disco lights
The police disco lights

Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance













songwriters: band members of Arcade Fire

performed by: Arcade Fire

date released: 2005 by Arcade Fire for movie soundtrack, "Into the Wild"

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. 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 is that?

"Laika" was the name of the dog that the Soviets
sent into space on Sputnik 2. She was the first living creature to be sent into space, and because her return was never part of the plan, Laika died in space. Today Laika is immortalized as a symbol of tragic and needless sacrifice for the space race to put the first man on the moon.

Laika is a grand metaphor for a true cult hero, Christopher McCandless, a college graduate who rejects his conventional and material life and sets out in his old car to experience the wilderness of America. McCandless, who morphed into "Alexander Supertramp", is the subject of the first video.

Our hero makes a clean break from his former life by slipping out quietly without telling his family or friends of his departure. He destroys his identification and cuts off his former associations creating anxiety and desperation on the part of those attached to him. Christopher McCandless transforms into "Alexander Supertramp."

To cut to the chase, Alexander Supertramp finds his end in the vast wilderness of Alaska where he crawls into his sleeping bag, writes a farewell page in his journal to the world and dies an existential hero.

In his journal, "Beautiful Blueberries," he tore the final page from Louis L'Amour's memoir, "Education of a Wandering Man," which contains an excerpt from a Robinson Jeffers' poem titled "Wise Men in Their Bad Hours":

"Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made
Something more equal to centuries
Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.
The mountains are dead stone, the people
Admire or hate their stature, their insolent quietness
The mountains are not softened or troubled
And a few dead men's thoughts have the same temper

On the other side of the page, McCandless added, "I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!"

His body was found in his sleeping bag inside a bus by local hunter. McCandless had been dead for more than two weeks and weighed an estimated 67 pounds (30 kg). His official, undisputed cause of death was starvation.

Laika

Alexander, our older brother, set out for a great adventure
He tore our images out of his pictures
He scratched our names out of all his letters

CHORUS: Our mother shoulda , just named you "Laika"

Come on, Alex, you can do it
Come on, Alex, there's nothing to it
If you want something, don't ask for nothing
If you want nothing, don't ask for something
Our mother shoulda, just named you "Laika"
It's for your own good, it's for the neighbourhood
For the neighbourhood

Your older brother bit by a vampire
For a year we caught his tears in a cup
And now we're gonna make him drink it
Come on Alex, don't die or dry up

CHORUS; Our mother shoulda just named you Laika It's for your own good
It's for the neighbourhood
When daddy comes home, you always start a fight
So the neighbours can dance in the police disco lights
The police disco lights

Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance
Now the neighbours can't dance













songwriters: band members of Arcade Fire

performed by: Arcade Fire

date released: 2005 by Arcade Fire for movie soundtrack, "Into the Wild"

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. 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 is that?

"Laika" was the name of the dog that the Soviets
sent into space on Sputnik 2. She was the first living creature to be sent into space, and because her return was never part of the plan, Laika died in space. Today Laika is immortalized as a symbol of tragic and needless sacrifice for the space race to put the first man on the moon.

Laika is a grand metaphor for a true cult hero, Christopher McCandless, a college graduate who rejects his conventional and material life and sets out in his old car to experience the wilderness of America. McCandless, who morphed into "Alexander Supertramp", is the subject of the first video.

Our hero makes a clean break from his former life by slipping out quietly without telling his family or friends of his departure. He destroys his identification and cuts off his former associations creating anxiety and desperation on the part of those attached to him. Christopher McCandless transforms into "Alexander Supertramp."

To cut to the chase, Alexander Supertramp finds his end in the vast wilderness of Alaska where he crawls into his sleeping bag, writes a farewell page in his journal to the world and dies an existential hero.

In his journal, "Beautiful Blueberries," he tore the final page from Louis L'Amour's memoir, "Education of a Wandering Man," which contains an excerpt from a Robinson Jeffers' poem titled "Wise Men in Their Bad Hours":

"Death's a fierce meadowlark: but to die having made
Something more equal to centuries
Than muscle and bone, is mostly to shed weakness.
The mountains are dead stone, the people
Admire or hate their stature, their insolent quietness
The mountains are not softened or troubled
And a few dead men's thoughts have the same temper

On the other side of the page, McCandless added, "I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!"

His body was found in his sleeping bag inside a bus by local hunter. McCandless had been dead for more than two weeks and weighed an estimated 67 pounds (30 kg). His official, undisputed cause of death was starvation.

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Quiz #: 7752
Arcade Fire creates "Laika," the first dog into space, as a metaphor for true life cult hero, Alexander Supertramp whose story is told in the film, "Into the Wild."
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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