Song of the Day #4,026: ‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’ – Arcade Fire

The last — and only — time I featured a song from Arcade Fire’s 2007 album Neon Bible was on April Fool’s Day in 2013.

I had just spent three weeks writing a song-by-song dissection of the band’s celebrated 2010 album The Suburbs (a surprise Album of the Year winner at the Grammys) and my regular readers were not happy. So I mischievously suggested I was about to launch into another couple of weeks analyzing Neon Bible. Good one, me!

I haven’t listened to anything from Neon Bible since then, either. Today’s song sounds a lot like what I expect an Arcade Fire song to sound like.

I’m sure Dana will be thrilled!

[Verse 1: Chassagne]
We can reach the sea
They won’t follow me
Shadows they fear the sun
We’ll make it if we run!

[Interlude: Chassagne]
Run from the memory
Je nage, mais les sons me suivent

[Verse 2: Chassagne]
Left my name with the border guards
A name that I don’t need
Ce sera un long voyage
Sur les vagues de l’oubli

[Interlude: Chassagne]
Run from the memory
Je nage, mais les sons me suivent

[Chorus 1: Butler]
Stop now before it’s too late
Been eating in the ghetto on a hundred dollar plate
Nothing lasts forever
That’s the way it’s got to be
There’s a great black wave in the middle of the sea
For me

[Chorus 1: Butler]
Stop now before it’s too late
Been eating in the ghetto on a hundred dollar plate
Nothing lasts forever
That’s the way it’s got to be
There’s a great black wave in the middle of the sea
For me
For you
For me
It’s always for you

[Chorus 1: Butler]
Stop now before it’s too late
Been eating in the ghetto on a hundred dollar plate
Nothing lasts forever
That’s the way it’s got to be
There’s a great black wave in the middle of the sea
For me

[Chorus 2: Butler]
Stop now before it’s too late
Your lover was for hire
Have you noticed he’s been late
Nothing lasts forever
That’s the way it’s got to be
There’s a great black wave in the middle of the sea
For me
For you
For me
It’s always for you

[Outro: Butler]
The sound is not asleep, it’s moving under my feet
The sound is not asleep, it’s moving under my feet
The sound is not asleep, it’s moving under my feet
The sound is not asleep, it’s moving under my feet

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,026: ‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’ – Arcade Fire

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I haven’t given any thought to Arcade Fire for years, ironically until yesterday when, during one of our scenic drives in which Daniel was playing DJ, he played one of their songs. I tolerated it, but was again reminded that I still don’t get the hype on them. When the song ended, Amy said, “Who was that? Glad that song ended!” So, I guess she’s not a fan either.😊

    Listening to today’s SOTD does nothing to change my opinion. 😊

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