Song of the Day #1,701: ‘Month of May’ – Arcade Fire

suburbsTrack 10 on Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, ‘Month of May,’ feels like a cigarette break from all of the moody foreboding of the rest of the album. Maybe not a cigarette, maybe a shot.

This is a pulsating punk tune that feels a bit out of place on the album, musically, though lyrically it hits on many of the same themes.

Win Butler writes about the city being hit from above and describes a violent wind that “blew the wires away.” He could be describing an actual storm but this also sounds like more fallout from that metaphoric suburban war he’s been describing.

He bemoans the fact that they built the roads before the town, pretty much guaranteeing that the people would be transient. And his description of kids “standing still with their arms folded tight” reaches back to the hipster crowd he ripped in ‘Rococo’ — people who are above it all and therefore not a part of anything.

Gonna make a record in the month of May
In the month of May, in the month of May
Gonna make a record in the month of May
When the violent wind blows the wires away

Month of May, it’s a violent thing
In the city, their hearts to sing
Well, some people sing, it sounds like they’re screaming
Used to doubt it but now I believe it

Month of May, everybody’s in love
Then the city was hit from above
And just when I knew what I wanted to say
The violent wind blew the wires away

We were shocked in the suburbs

Now the kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
Kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
Well, some things are pure and some things are right
But the kids are still standing with their arms folded tight
I said some things are pure, and some things are right
But the kids are still standing with their arms folded tight

So young, so young
So much pain for someone so young
Well, I know it’s heavy, I know it ain’t light
But how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?

First they built the road
Then they built the town
That’s why we’re still driving around
And around and around and around and around
And around and around and around…
2009, 2010
Wanna make a record how I felt then
When we stood outside in the month of may
And watched the violent wind blow the wires away

If I die in the month of may
Let the wind take my body away, yeah
Wish I may, I wish I might
But meet me down there with my arms folded tight

Start again in the month of May
Start again in the month of May
Come on and blow the wires away
Come on and blow the wires away

Start again in the month of May
Start again in the month of May
Come on and blow the wires away
Come on and blow the wires away

Gonna start again in the month of May
Start again in the month of May
Come on and blow the wires away
Come on and blow the wires
The wires away

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,701: ‘Month of May’ – Arcade Fire

  1. Dana says:

    TGIF! Bring on random weekends.

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