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Arcade Fire — Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Album: The Suburbs
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7.3

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Total ratings: 2596









Released: 2010
Length: 5:15
Plays (last 30 days): 3
They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock

These days my life I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface

'Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They're calling at me, come and find your kind

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

We rode our bikes to the nearest park
Sat under the swings and kissed in the dark

You shield my eyes from the police lights
We run away, but we don't know why

The black river, your city lights shine
They're screaming at us, "We don't need your kind"

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
Can we ever get away from the sprawl?

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
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Go Montréal! I grew up in its suburbs.
I love this girls voice & the actual song is a musical and lyrical masterpiece - love it !
I don't know about where you live, but here in South Florida "dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains" describes my world.
Since I saw a surf video on this music, with pro like T. Knox, I love this track. Epic like an 8/9 !
Blondie at her best!
 justin4kick wrote:

Thank you brianlay for being so tolerant to people that have a musical taste for garbage made by non-talented artists.
 
LOL....despite the fact that admitting to liking this means "I like garbage" I had to go 7 to 8 based on the theme of the song....and well executed at that....and also despite the ABBA sounds like....Long Live RP!!
Reminiscent of MGMT, nice. 
 maboleth wrote:
Blondie clone. Arcade Fire are yet_another_hipsters.
 No they are not. They are just another band of the time with unique sound. Just because hipsters like it doesn't mean they're a hipster band. Try listening to them.

Epic track, it builds like a storm and highlights how mundane some aspects of our modern society is
Feelin nice, thanks RP
 brianlay wrote:
No talent garbage however I can appreciate others might like it!
 
Good thing your worthless opinion means SFA. Clearly you have no idea of what you speak. Now off you go and put on that Kanye masterpiece that so moves your musical sensibilities. Twat.
 brianlay wrote:
No talent garbage however I can appreciate others might like it!
 
Thank you brianlay for being so tolerant to people that have a musical taste for garbage made by non-talented artists.
I seriously thought this was a song from the 70's disco era!
Blondie clone. Arcade Fire are yet_another_hipsters.
 brianlay wrote: 
No talent garbage however I can appreciate others might like it!
 
That's a bit like a 12 yr. old calling Mozart or Strauss no-talent garbage. If you don't like it, fine, just say it's not your thing. But no talent garbage is just a tad over the top. 
 cavemanleong wrote:
This has got to be one of favourite Arcade Fire songs! Régine's voice is sublime!
 
This is my only favorite Arcade Fire song.
No talent garbage however I can appreciate others might like it!
 Doing the silent jig in the office.
Channeling Heart of Glass
 ozzie1313 wrote:
This band is energetic and fun, and they really stretch my music sensibilities.  Sort of a Blondie tribute song.

 
If anything, the sound is reminiscent of ABBA.
first time ever hearing Arcade Fire on RP.  
This has got to be one of favourite Arcade Fire songs! Régine's voice is sublime!
Go Regina!
THE BEST LYRICS. Thank you thank you thank you, Arcade Fire, for singing what so many of us are thinking.
 TerryS wrote:

Nairobi has this problem too, as does Sao Paulo, Cairo and New York.

 
Or as our President calls them - shitholes.


Me too Regine, me too...
Tune!
Having lived aboard different boats for a good bit of the last 36 years and now looking for a home ashore the amount of sprawl my hometown of greater Daytona Beach and it's 5 surrounding cities has suffered is appalling.  

How appropiate this song!  I gave is a 9 when it first appeared here on RP and I confess, I must now bump it to a 10.  What has become of America and it's plethora of 'burbs?
Sacré Régine!
yummy
 On_The_Beach wrote:
I'm finding this a bit shrill and grating.

 
Nails on a chalkboard!
This band is energetic and fun, and they really stretch my music sensibilities.  Sort of a Blondie tribute song.
I'm finding this a bit shrill and grating.
Gotta see these guys live, so my son says. And he's usually right.
Tip of the touque to Quebec. 
 
(..) We run away, but we don't know why (...)
 {#Music}
i am fully addicted to this song. sprawl!!!!!
...Awesome live performance of this song. They put on a great show. 7.92
 Proclivities wrote:

That's obvious, isn't it?  Middle-class suburbs only exist in the "First World".  Would you prefer they wrote a song/album about pretending to be Bangladeshi peasants?

 
Nairobi has this problem too, as does Sao Paulo, Cairo and New York.
 Hippostar wrote:

So, this song/album is about the angst and oppression of growing up in a middle-class suburb? 

First World problems.

 
That's obvious, isn't it?  Middle-class suburbs only exist in the "First World".  Would you prefer they wrote a song/album about pretending to be Bangladeshi peasants?
Lovely! {#Cheers}
My favourite Arcade Fire track. That's not saying much but I like to give credit where it's due.
Hey guys, After all it's a nice beat....Like it 
They are amazing, intelligent and innovative. Definitely leaders....look how many bands are trying to adopt what they are doing.

So, this song/album is about the angst and oppression of growing up in a middle-class suburb? 

First World problems.


 idiot_wind wrote:    I disagree, they're not "one of the most over-rated bands out there" they are indeed THE single most over-rated band and there and fore exactly the reasons you list. There's not one person in Arcade Fire who can play their instrument better than a relatively talented high school musician - except for the drummer who is significantly worse than that.
So many members in the band. So little output...no hooks. Overproduced. Boring. Muted. Nothing here. Was this recorded in 1983?
 
One of the most over-rated bands out there. When does their 15 minutes expire?   

 


This track sounds a bit like something I've heard on the new Steven Wilson Bonus CD, H C E (various artists).  It has some real gems on it; by the way..
 nicknt wrote:
Pop in its worst form. Madonna did it better.

 
Now that is in the running for the most incomprehensible and gnomic post of the month {#Stupid}

The more I hear this song, the more I hear "we can never get away from the sprog".
So many members in the band. So little output...no hooks. Overproduced. Boring. Muted. Nothing here. Was this recorded in 1983?
 
One of the most over-rated bands out there. When does their 15 minutes expire?   
Arcade Fire = PSD
I'm not a fan of the band, but this song is just awesome! 
Just not feeling it here.
Pop in its worst form. Madonna did it better.
Damn...an Arcade Fire song I didn't PSD.  There goes that streak.
Uuuhhh yes they have, you should go back and read through the analysis of the lyrics in older comments. That's what originally drew me so closely to this song after hearing it on RP for the first time a few years back.   

suesblues wrote:
Nobody's really mentioned the brilliant lyrics for this song: (together with the voice makes it a classic song about being an ARTIST) :

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock

These days my life I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface

'Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They're calling at me, come and find your kind

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

We rode our bikes to the nearest park
Sat under the swings and kissed in the dark

You shield my eyes from the police lights
We run away, but we don't know why

The black river, your city lights shine
They're screaming at us, "We don't need your kind"

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
Can we ever get away from the sprawl?

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights


 

 


Haven't heard such a squeak since the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz...
Nobody's really mentioned the brilliant lyrics for this song: (together with the voice makes it a classic song about being an ARTIST) :

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock

These days my life I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface

'Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They're calling at me, come and find your kind

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

We rode our bikes to the nearest park
Sat under the swings and kissed in the dark

You shield my eyes from the police lights
We run away, but we don't know why

The black river, your city lights shine
They're screaming at us, "We don't need your kind"

Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
Can we ever get away from the sprawl?

Living in the sprawl, dead shopping malls rise
Like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights


 
The tops - uplifting somehow.  A great album too, which I would not have discovered without RP.  Cheers!{#Drummer}
vaguely europop techno disco.
and folks listen to this ABBA clone?   Geez.......
A stunning piece of art.
okay chill all.. not as bad as all that.. not as great as some
 Highspirits wrote:

You guys could at least get her name right...it's Debbie Harry, not Harold !    And this really doesn't sound like her at all, IMHO.

 
Oh, lighten up, Just a sly attempt at humour, evidently wasted.
If you see this band live and still criticise them then I am afraid you are dead from the neck up! Fantastic band, fantastic album!
Cripes! {#Sick}
 TerryS wrote:


Yep, says Deborah Harold to me too.

 
You guys could at least get her name right...it's Debbie Harry, not Harold !    And this really doesn't sound like her at all, IMHO.
We can never get away from the sprawl...of Arcade Fire. 
Zzzzzzzzzzz.  
Dang it! OK just one more.
Very Blondie!
This song blows... and not in a good way.
Ideal song for in the morning.
 
 Me three. TerryS wrote:


Yep, says Deborah Harold to me too.

 


Great tune
Heart of glass -  yes, but this even more?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCH1IlOfDTM
 skyguy wrote:
I always think this is Blondie when it first comes on.

 

Yep, says Deborah Harold to me too.
I ♥ synths
 stunix wrote:
I hate that I love this.  Even my cleaner said its 5h1t!
 
Ha ha, I was just thinking the same thing!
I hate that I love this.  Even my cleaner said its 5h1t!
I must counter-program the haters by saying that this is a fabulous song through and through
FM Radio noise
Welcome to yet another episode of Sesame Street singalong Mousekateers!

White noise.

Blech. 
...*argh*......and "PSD" doesn´t work....sry,RP i have to leave now......
I first heard this song in a dead shopping mall.
I sense a theme, first Rush now Arcade Fire, Life in the Canadian suburbs....
 skyguy wrote:
I always think this is Blondie when it first comes on.
 
Ditto.
A song about intelligent land-use planning?  I love it!
Blondie meets The knife. Nice.
I always think this is Blondie when it first comes on.
Lots of smoke - from Aracde Fire!
 1wolfy wrote:
Just like ABBA
 



Another great band. I'm sure The Fire would approve.
Nice segway, Bill....Subdivisions by Rush to this.....{#Meditate}
After listening to this song on RP I recently bought the entire album, which is as good as they say. Thank you, RP-Bill, for pointing me towards just another great band.

So many RP listeners act like pointing out the possible influences of a band somehow dismisses whatever creativity is happening. 
I don't get it.
Influences are inevitable- and if it sounds like something 20 years ago, but isn't as cool as what you're mind is relating it to.... oh well. 
My guess is most of these types of comments come from people who don't play music and don't understand that there's only so much you can do in the field of "popular music" and most likely couldn't write a song half as cool as this.
{#Angel}

From HIgh Fidelity: 


Louis
: I don't have that record... I'll buy it for forty. 
Rob: Sold. 
Louis: Now why would you sell it to me and not to him? 
Barry: Because you're not a geek, Louis. 
Louis: You guys are snobs. 
Dick: No, we're not. 
Louis: Yeah, seriously, you're totally elitist. You feel like the unappreciated scholars, so you shit onto people who know lesser than you. 
RobBarryDick: No! 
Louis: Which is everybody... 
RobBarryDick: Yeah... 
Louis: That's so sad.
So many RP listeners act like pointing out the possible influences of a band somehow dismisses whatever creativity is happening. 
I don't get it.
Influences are inevitable- and if it sounds like something 20 years ago, but isn't as cool as what you're mind is relating it to.... oh well. 
My guess is most of these types of comments come from people who don't play music and don't understand that there's only so much you can do in the field of "popular music" and most likely couldn't write a song half as cool as this.
{#Angel}
 shellbella wrote:
I just don't get what the big deal is about this band.... bubble gum to me..
 
What type of bubble gum are you familiar with? This (Arcade Fire) flavor must have some cayenne in it.
Just like ABBA....like it
 suesblues wrote:
'they heard me singing and they told me to stop
quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
these days my life I feel it has no purpose
but late at night my feelings swim to the surface....
I need the darkness someone please cut the lights'

a song for anyone creative who's tried to conform...
great song, great lyrics, great hair (lead singer {#Sunny})
 



..coolness!..thx for posting this..
 Byronape wrote:

I think a lot of the issues you and I have are based more on world outlook than practical differences.  

Intelligently planned communities, built with an eye for sustainability, low environmental impact, and common sense are not a bad thing at all.  I don't have anything wrong with subdivisions for housing (at least not on moral grounds, it's just not to my taste), but the kind of sprawl that bothers me is the commercial sprawl that leaves urban decline in it's wake.  

Let me give you a prime example of it from where I live.  About 7 or 8 miles out of town, a brand new, shiney, outdoor shopping center was opened.  It was skewed to a slightly upscale buying audience in order to draw money out of the city and the surrounding areas.  It has proven to be a successful venture for most of the stores located there and it's pretty much the shopping destination for anyone able to drive out there.  It was located in what used to be farm land owned by a couple of families.  They got their check, the developers got their check, and the businesses there get their checks.  Everyone is happy.

Except for the people that lived near and within walking distance of a closer mall.  Granted the mall was dated, but if the city had given the mall ownership even a fraction of the support given to the new shopping center, they would have been able to refresh it and keep it up to date.  Instead, the stores inside withered as the buying population went to the new stores.  People lost their livelihoods and life savings trying to save stores, but as the anchor stores left, so too did the majority of the shoppers.  All that were left was the poor, those who could not afford the merchandise at the shopping center, or didn't have reliable transportation to get there.  As stores left the area, they took jobs with them.  As the jobs left the area, people could not longer afford to shop for anything, and the remaining shops closed down.  

Now, instead of a mall, there is one giant, weed choked slab of concrete.  The people in the immediate area are suffering more because what few employers they did have left.  Now, crime is higher in those areas, the roads are deteriorating to be nearly unusable so that those that can find work, have to destroy their cars to get there.

Before you say "them's the breaks", consider both the economic and social benefits of just refreshing and renovating what was already there. The land would still be productive farmlands, thus contributing to the local economy.  There would be more jobs in the area (granted, not great jobs, but everyone has to start out somewhere and it always beats no job).  The area wouldn't be as dangerous for the residents.  The roads would not have crumbled so those that work would be able to make their cars last longer.  

Personally, I'd rather not have to drive further than necessary to spend more for something that I could have gotten closer for cheaper.

As for any moral superiority of a high rise over a split level ranch, you are right (edit...  I hate split level houses.  When I worked as a cable installer I had to go into several and they are a nightmare to wire and I think they waste a lot of space).  Personally, I'd rather have a nice house on a wooded countryish lot than an apartment in a high rise somewhere.  I don't begrudge anyone the right to live where ever they want.  The issue I do have is the incessant need that people have for bigger and better things at the cost of common sense, logic, and sustainability.  If you want a house away from the city, fine.  But does your house really need to have 5 bedrooms and a bathroom every 17 feet? 

The issue isn't a policy one, or even a social one.  My issues are all cultural.  I disagree with the throw away culture just as much as I disagree with the culture of ethnocentrism where people will stare in the face of reality and still declare that the American way of doing ANYTHING is better, simply because it's the American way.

Edit:  RDO, next time I'm in DC, I want to take you out for a beer or 12.  I've had more fun debating you on this forum than I have arguing with anyone.  Most of the people with differing views are about as inarticulate as a turnip and always end up with an argument that tells me they feel that way because Glenn Beck told them to.
 
Believe me, the last thing you want is European style bureaucracy.  It's just hell.  Yes, Europe built the most beautiful and lasting cities the world has ever known, but that was 500-2000 years ago.  When they were being built, rest assured they were denounced by cultural elites as "sprawl" or something similar.  We cannot build these types of cities, as much as we'd love to, unless you want a Kim Jong Il to seize power and force it down our throats. I live in a high-rise near the heart of the city, I always have, I personally cannot physically live in the suburbs because I get severely depressed (I tried a stint).  I just cannot do it.  I need either Walden style isolation, or complete immersion in the urban jungle.  There is no in between for me.  Why is it so hard for people, like you, to accept that others are happy?  Most people love the suburbs.  To each his own.  And don't give me that BS about the poor neighborhoods.  We've had enough of this talk.  I am all for social programs to help poor folks, but don't you dare blame it on the things America does well. I am so sick of that.  It's not true.  Love your posts as always.  Keep it up.  You make excellent points.
 djblitz wrote:

2.8% of RP listeners think so......which says more about you and your lack of taste than anything else.  
 
I like this tune, but your comment is just rude.  
'they heard me singing and they told me to stop
quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
these days my life I feel it has no purpose
but late at night my feelings swim to the surface....
I need the darkness someone please cut the lights'

a song for anyone creative who's tried to conform...
great song, great lyrics, great hair (lead singer {#Sunny})
The fade out track after Sprawl II on the album is AMAZING.



Yuk. Time to lower my rating.
Not fond of Arcade Fire. Every song jars my nervous system. Solid 1 for me.
 rockpommel16 wrote:
....smileysmileysmileysmiley......a solid 1.....
 
2.8% of RP listeners think so......which says more about you and your lack of taste than anything else.  

This is growing on me.  5 —>6.


Love it. Grown very fond of her voice. Fits well with the album although at first I didn't think so.
Once I had a love, and it was a gas
Soon turned out, was a pain in the ass.
 
i always think: scissor sisters? abba? and then I remember: ah, no, this is this the one strange song by arcade fire, that doesn't quite fit into their musical catalogue.

song doesn't hurt (me) though...so I'd never vote it a 1, or so. I'd rather go with not rating it at all... 
....smileysmileysmileysmiley......a solid 1.....
time to bring the volume all the way up... and 9 —> 10
Gotta agree. Not familiar with the band, but this cut does nothing for me. It lacks the drive of "Heart of Glass".

 
shellbella wrote:
I just don't get what the big deal is about this band.... bubble gum to me..
 

10 for the comment, 5 for the song.

 
CamLwalk wrote:
Great song!   It was a great song in 1979 when it was "Heart of Glass".
 


the real deal is whether or not to allow your computer to be accessed for the camera interaction between the video and you....let them in?

Arcade Fire by Man Alive!
Phil King
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24365773@N03/

Arcade Fire at Manchester Central, Manchester, on Saturday the 11th of December 2010

This photo was taken on December 11, 2010 using a Fujifilm FinePix S5700 S700.

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I just don't get what the big deal is about this band.... bubble gum to me..
Glad that somebody said it.
And yes, still a great song...

Both times.
Both the video and song can practically bring me to tears, it's that powerful.  
Great song!   It was a great song in 1979 when it was "Heart of Glass".
I wondered if this would follow Rush' Subdivisions. I get how these songs go together in the set, of course, but I really prefer the Rush song. Arcade's thump-clap rhythm annoys me.

Following with R.E.M. does help, though. {#Angel}
I hate myself for loving this, its a pile of fetted dingos kidneys but there goes my foot tapping and head nodding!   f3ck!!!