Sunday Songs: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs



  • 'The Suburbs' (arcadia for some, hell for others- the music and lyrics express both sides of the experience) is a emotional, melancholy song with a drone like musical quality from Arcade Fire's 2010 album 'The Suburbs'.
  • The video directed by Spike Jonze suggests harmony with the inevitability of darkness or disharmony amongst other things.  
  • You can clearly see the influence of Steven Spielberg's 'ET' in the bicycle riding through the suburban streets. But in Spielberg's films there's always a clear escape from fatalism. Love. (And innocence.) It's there in Spike Jonze films too but it's more of a puzzle to escape and find it.


"The Suburbs" - written by Win Butler, William Butler, Regine Chassagne, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, Sarah Neufeld, Richard Reed Parry.


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

You always seemed so sure
That 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

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling again

Kids wanna be so hard
But in my dreams we're still screamin' and runnin' through the yard
And all of the walls that they built in the seventies finally fall
And all of the houses they built in the seventies finally fall
Meant nothin' at all
Meant nothin' at all
It meant nothin

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand?
Why I want a daughter while I'm still young
I wanna hold her hand
And show her some beauty
Before all this damage is done

But if it's too much to ask, 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, already past

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm movin' past the feeling again

I'm movin' past the feeling
I'm movin' past the feeling

In my dreams we're still screamin'
We're still screamin'
We're still screamin'

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