Song of the Day #1,691: ‘Ready to Start’ – Arcade Fire

suburbsTrack two of Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, ‘Ready to Start,’ picks up the tempo after the ramshackle opening track. This is the anthemic rock sound I most associate with the band.

‘Ready to Start’ seems to be about commercialism vs. purity, though lead songwriter and vocalist Win Butler doesn’t necessarily make the obvious choice when taking sides. Is this an apology by an indie band for seeking (and finding) mainstream success?

In a more general sense, more in keeping with the album’s suburban theme, perhaps this song is about the steps young people take into the real world, when they must decide to join “the man” rather than sit back and stand above it all.

If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids at art school said they would
The I guess I’ll just begin again.
You say, can we still be friends?

If I was scared, I would,
And if I was bored, you know I would,
And if I was yours, but I’m not.

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes
But they bow down to him anyway
’cause it’s better then being alone.

If I was scared, I would,
and if I was bored, you know I would,
And if I was yours, but I’m not.

Now you’re knocking at my door
Saying: “Please come out with us tonight”
But I would rather be alone,
then pretend I feel alright.

If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids at art school said they would
The I guess I’ll just begin again.
You say, can we still be friends?

If I was scared, I would,
And if I was pure, you know I would,
And if I was yours, but I’m not.
Now I’m ready to start.

If I was scared, I would,
And if I was pure, you know I would,
And if I was yours, but I’m not.
Now I’m ready to start.

Now I’m ready to start,
I would rather be wrong than
Live in the shadows of your song.
My mind is open wide and
Now I’m ready to start.
My mind is open wide
And now I’m ready to start.

You’re not sure
You opened the door
and step out into the dark.
Now I’m ready.

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,691: ‘Ready to Start’ – Arcade Fire

  1. Dana says:

    This song isn’t doing it for me either. I think there is just a lack of passion and grit missing for me, at least vocally and musically, even if not lyrically.

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