Music Monday: “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “The Suburbs”
Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: The Suburbs (2010)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
In the suburbs, I, 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
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

[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

[Verse 2]
The kids want to be so hard
But in my dreams, we’re still screaming
And running 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 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

[Verse 3]
So can you understand
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young?
I want to hold her hand
And show her some beauty before this 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 passed
So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass
‘Cause it’s already passed
It’s already, already passed

[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

[Outro]
In my dreams we’re still screaming
We’re still screaming
We’re still screaming

The eponymous track from Arcade Fire’s 2010 LP, “The Suburbs” is a jaunty tune that sets the lyrical and musical tone for the rest of the album. Strings and ethereal synthesizers add layers to the instrumentation in addition to the guitars, drums, and bass. The song describes growing up in the suburbs, the loss of innocence through adolescence, and the fear of dealing with change; all of which are themes explored in The Suburbs. This album put Arcade Fire on the map as indie rock superstars, and lives as a time capsule for the beginning of the 2010s.

Vinyl
My vinyl copy of The Suburbs; released in 2010.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

Band Links:
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