Song of the Day #1,692: ‘Modern Man’ – Arcade Fire

suburbsThe third song on The Suburbs picks up where its predecessor left off. If ‘Ready to Start’ depicted a young man stepping into adulthood, ‘Modern Man’ gives us the depressing result of that move.

Win Butler sums up the existential malaise of modern man with one powerful phrase: “In line for a number but you don’t understand.” I picture waiting at some cosmic version of the Publix deli for your turn to come. Is the number a paycheck? A ticket to the afterlife? A symbol of everything we want in life but never achieve?

Musically, this is my favorite song of the album so far. I read a comparison between the song’s guitar riff and Rick Springfield’s ‘Jesse’s Girl’ and now that’s etched into my brain. And of course ‘Jesse’s Girl’ is awesome, so that can only be a good thing.

So I wait my turn, I’m a modern man
And the people behind me, they can’t understand
Makes me feel like
Makes me feel like

So I wait in line, I’m a modern man
And the people behind me, they can’t understand
Makes me feel like
Something don’t feel right

Like a record that’s skipping
I’m a modern man
And the clock keeps ticking
I’m a modern man
Makes me feel like
Makes me feel like

In my dream I was almost there
And you pulled me aside and said you’re going nowhere
They say we are the chosen few
But we’re wasted
And that’s why we’re still waiting
On a number from the modern man
Maybe when you’re older you will understand
Why you don’t feel right
Why you can’t sleep at night now

In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man
In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man

Oh I had a dream I was dreaming
And I feel I’m losing the feeling
Makes me feel like
Like something don’t feel right
I erase the number of the modern man
Want to break the mirror of the modern man
Makes me feel like
Makes me feel like

In my dream I was almost there
But you pulled me aside and said you’re going nowhere
I know we are the chosen few
But we’re wasted
And that’s why we’re still waiting
In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man
In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man

And you feel so right
But how come you can’t sleep at night?
In line for a number but you don’t understand
Like a modern man

I’m a modern man
I’m a modern man
I’m a modern man
I’m a modern man

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,692: ‘Modern Man’ – Arcade Fire

  1. Dana says:

    Better than the first two songs, but still not doing it for me. I think it’s his voice. Just seems to lack passion.

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