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Arcade Fire — Keep The Car Running
Album: Neon Bible
Avg rating:
6.9

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Total ratings: 1269









Released: 2007
Length: 3:26
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Every night my dream's the same
Same old city with a different name
Men are coming to take me away
I don't know why, but I know I can't stay
There's a weight that's pressing down
Late at night you can hear the sound
Even the noise you make when you sleep
Can't swim across a river so deep

They know my name 'cause I told it to them
But they don't know where and they don't know when
It's coming when it's coming

There's a fear I keep so deep
Knew it's name since before I could speak, oh-oh-oh-oh

They know my name 'cause I told it to them
But they don't know where and they don't know when
It's coming, oh, when, but it's coming, keep the car running

If some night I don't come home
Please don't think I've left you alone
The same place animals go when they die
You can't climb across a mountain so high
The same city where I go when I sleep
You can't swim across a river so deep

They know my name 'cause I told it to them
But they don't know where and they don't know when
It's coming, oh, when is it coming? Keep the car running
Keep the car running, keep the car running
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 kingart wrote:

Why not do tunes with that energy and propulsion more often? 


Because it would be monotonous?
Big fan here. Nice rockin' song to finish off my morning.  This is a solid 8 and could go higher.
Why not do tunes with that energy and propulsion more often? 
first time I heard this on RP, I thought of Bowie .... he had a hand it.
 cochlear wrote:

Sounds like Eddie and the Cruisers to me.  {#Music}
 

That's it!
Thanks, cochlear.

This is the first AF tune I ever heard. I liked it then, they were an unknown quantity to me. (I passed on a chance to see them real cheaply when an acquaintance had to give up tickets because he had to miss a show.) 
I thought, I could like this band a lot. But for me, they've lost that early mojo. PSD land.  Still, even though this is sort of a typical AF tune, it's a lot more happening than the more recent dreck. This track and Intervention is about the extent of any ratings above a 4.  My two cents. 
 blackjackshellac wrote:
Sounds like Bono to me.  funny how this band sounds like everyone but Arcade Fire.  Or not funny.
 
Strange.  Sounds exactly like Arcade Fire to me.
 blackjackshellac wrote:
Sounds like Bono to me.  funny how this band sounds like everyone but Arcade Fire.  Or not funny.
 
Nah. I like it but not one of my favorite Arcade tunes


Sounds like Bono to me.  funny how this band sounds like everyone but Arcade Fire.  Or not funny.
It seems like every Arcade Fire song I hear, I like! This band has a ton of great tunes. 
 cochlear wrote:

Sounds like Eddie and the Cruisers to me.  {#Music}
 
Only if you smack your head against your old RCA console TV two or three times. . . otherwise AF bears little resemblance to a made up band. . . 
Beaver Brown, anyone?
 calypsus_1 wrote:

arcade fire by ~firstclassriot
 
NICE field snare dude...

love 'em :o)
This is just terrible, no really, simply awful.{#Puke}
Well, geez - I've never heard this before, but it's good. Sorta Chris Isaac-meets-Beat-Farmers. Um, and why is there nothing by Beat Farmers here?

Sorry - I'm easily distracted lately. Too many things I've lost track of in my efforts to keep a paycheck coming in, and now that I'm a slacker (living on unemployment until I get full-time employment at H&R Block in January), I'm trying to get caught up on all the stuff I've missed.

Um - yanking things back to the topic - I love this song. Arcade Fire has good and bad songs, and this is a good one.
...when will we get to hear no cars go off neon bible?..
 rtwingo wrote:
Brilliant. 9 —> 10.
 
Yep.Same here.

 devilboy wrote:
In any case, I love the song and for you other fans, there is a cover by the foo fighters floating around in the interwebtubes. :) 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDxcjukqISs

Love this.

arcade fire by ~firstclassriot
 cochlear wrote:
Sounds like Eddie and the Cruisers to me.  {#Music}
 
ding ding
Baby we were born to run... I'm just sayin....:)

If some night I don’t come home,
Please don’t think I’ve left you alone.
The same place animals go when they die,
You can’t climb across a mountain so high.




They were the highlight of the muddiest (and alas the last) glastonbury I ever attended.  {#Motor}
love it love it love it
Funny, I thought (cuz I'm a dork) that this was some old 80's song. Anyhow, I looked it all up and, yeah, it's from the last decade.

In any case, I love the song and for you other fans, there is a cover by the foo fighters floating around in the interwebtubes. :)

— db
Brilliant. 9 —> 10.
Wow! Arcade Fire 2 times in less than 6 hours. I think Bill is trying to send a message!

I like it. {#Clap}
Rick_V wrote:
Love the song. Love the band. MUST see them live.


Saw them on Austin City Limits... there's like 15 of them... amazing stuff.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5kgns_the-arcade-fire-wake-up-live-on-aus_music


Love the song. Love the band. MUST see them live.

{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Drummer}
i kind of adore arcade fire.  when i am in a unique mood.


I was gonna say John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. . . same thing though

 
I say Eddie and the Bunny-man Brown band.

 cochlear wrote:

Sounds like Eddie and the Cruisers to me.  {#Music}
 
I was gonna say John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. . . same thing though

 stescott100 wrote:
this sounds like Echo & the Bunnymen to me
 
Sounds like Eddie and the Cruisers to me.  {#Music}
 annersjen wrote:
I get sick of songs super-easily, but for some reason, not this one yet, which is a 9.
  really? i used to like this one but it has fallen far with each successive listen . . .


I get sick of songs super-easily, but for some reason, not this one yet, which is a 9.
Good live version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFFpL6Jj5II
Not a fan of this song, so it SEEMS to be in heavy rotation....

Enjoyed the previous hour, so I guess it's not such a bad thing.  I couldn't get a full hour of great music on ANY terrestrial radio station without commercials or one DUD song....

Thanks Bill and Rebecca!!!

Now stop with the Arcade Fire, already!  {#Beat}
this sounds like Echo & the Bunnymen to me
My god this is annoying!
 musikalia wrote:
Not a very environmentally friendly message.
 
True, idling cars pollute the air and waste gas. If you are going to be stopped for longer than 3 minutes you should turn off the engine. Gotta go.................................. {#Motor}
I keep expecting the refrain from Watusi Rodeo to break out somewhere in this one...
Not a very environmentally friendly message.
Anyway I am sick of this song, and this band. Meh.
 floydoftherocks wrote:

yeah total shang-hai of the song...

 
maybe the song is about keeping the car running for Eddie.  Maybe its from the Cruisers' POV.

{#Wink}

 nimesay wrote:
reminds me of that song from Eddie and the Cruisers, what is it again?  oh On the Dark Side.
 
yeah total shang-hai of the song...

 Pharlap wrote:
if this one came out in 1977, it's be rated about 1.5 points higher. Come on, Arcade Fire are great
 

Yep, that's the way it is. 
 renegade_X wrote:
On the darkside..OOOHHH YEAH.
 
Eddy and The Cruisers?

cool segue with the snare drum from m ward
 Lyndra_Ski wrote:
Is it me or does this sound like a Springsteen-esque kind of song?
 
Springsteenesque, indeed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsukSiGcUng

nimesay wrote:
reminds me of that song from Eddie and the Cruisers, what is it again? oh On the Dark Side.

YES!  Totally.


{#Bounce}The more I hear of these guys, the more I like them.{#Bounce}
I'd like to hear Robert Plant cover this fine song, as I'm guessing it would suit his voice just right.
Lyndra_Ski wrote:
Is it me or does this sound like a Springsteen-esque kind of song?

That's what I heard at first, like an amped up, up-tempo version of "Fire". But now (esp after this thread) I hear "On the Dark Side" heavily woven in there, too.

As a result, though, those qualities of this song tug at my subconscious music-memory (b/c those two gems are in there — deep down in the childhood!). So every time I hear it, it feels so comfortably familiar...but somehow better, newer, hipper.

Nearly entirely derivative? Absolutely. But I have to admit I like it anyway.


 renegade_X wrote:
On the darkside..OOOHHH YEAH.

 
TOTALLY

reminds me of that song from Eddie and the Cruisers, what is it again?  oh On the Dark Side.
I'm absolutely in love with this song.
 Deadwing wrote:
Echo and the Bunnymen much?

 
Yeah, really. Reminds me of something off of Crocodiles ... maybe? That would be a good thing. To me, anyway. 
One of my favourite songs at the moment - great for spinning !
{#Dancingbanana}
mirland wrote:
Since I started out giving this a 1 I can't go any lower - which is too bad since this is gruesome.
I'm the opposite, 7-8. Has grown on me quite a lot.
Since I started out giving this a 1 I can't go any lower - which is too bad since this is gruesome.
On the darkside..OOOHHH YEAH.
Blech.
Is it just me, or has this song not worn well with age? I think every time I hear it, I rate it down a number. It's down to 5 for me now.
John Beaver and his band of Brown Cafferty's
Pharlap wrote:
if this one came out in 1977, it's be rated about 1.5 points higher. Come on, Arcade Fire are great
I was just popping in to say this sounds older than it should. It doesn't stop my 7 though.
Echo and the Bunnymen much?
Arcade Fire, one of my top five favorite bands right now. Love them.
No doubt, that's exactly what I thought in the first 10 seconds I heard it.flyin_bri wrote:
I hear it to, I've heard it from the first time I heard this song and have been dismayed that no one else is acknowleding it. Thanks for putting a sharp point on it.
if this one came out in 1977, it's be rated about 1.5 points higher. Come on, Arcade Fire are great
Terrific segue from Garcia's The Wheel!
Rafter101 wrote:
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, "On the Dark Side." Totally ripped off.
Who cares? Cafferty was a simplistic construct, made up entirely of leftover parts from Springsteen, Mellencamp, Ryder, and Southside Johnny. Arcade Fire is sooooooooo much better than Cafferty. . .
Rafter101 wrote:
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, "On the Dark Side." Totally ripped off.
I hear it to, I've heard it from the first time I heard this song and have been dismayed that no one else is acknowleding it. Thanks for putting a sharp point on it.
kysmet wrote:
Yeah, definitely sounds like that one song of his, can't remember the name of it though.
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, "On the Dark Side." Totally ripped off.
Lyndra_Ski wrote:
Is it me or does this sound like a Springsteen-esque kind of song?
Yeah, definitely sounds like that one song of his, can't remember the name of it though.
I get Elvis, too, actually. And Springsteen has covered it.
Is it me or does this sound like a Springsteen-esque kind of song?
Apparently the Foo Fighters are covering this at their shows.
For many one of the best 2007 albums. I still dont know why although I like this song. But would never consider them as the next big thing.
To my ears, there is a similarity of vocal stylings ...
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Bill says he is dissappointed in this album. I defer because I never heard them before I heard them on RP, so I am green.
I bought the album on the strength of this cut and several very positive print reviews. I was also disappointed. After a while it felt I was listening to one very long song with a potty break every 3-4 minutes. Still don't understand what all the hoo-ha is/was about. I'm not knocking the band, but I'll probably pass on the next disc. Obviously, a talented bunch, but not me cuppa...
The more I hear it the more I like it.
rickhoran wrote:
best song on neon bible, imho. :bananajam:
Hate to run into the WORST one!
great set!! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2:48 pm - Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2:46 pm - Stevie Wonder - I Was Made to Love Her 2:43 pm - Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door 2:37 pm - Tears For Fears - Sowing The Seeds Of Love 2:32 pm - Jah Wobble - Visions of You 2:26 pm - Talk Talk - I Believe In You -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2:23 pm - k.d. lang - Jealous Dog 2:18 pm - Neil Young - One of These Days 2:14 pm - Bob Dylan - Buckets of Rain 2:12 pm - Madeleine Peyroux - California Raining 2:09 pm - Patsy Cline - Crazy 2:04 pm - Hooverphonic - No More Sweet Music -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2:00 pm - Dengue Fever - Sui Bong 1:56 pm - Joe Henry - Time Is A Lion 1:52 pm - Thievery Corporation - The Supreme Illusion (Feat Gunjan) 1:49 pm - South - Loosen Your Hold 1:45 pm - Tom McRae - Keep Your Picture Clear -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1:39 pm - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - All You Do Is Talk 1:35 pm - U2 - Two Hearts Beat As One 1:31 pm - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale 1:27 pm - Air - Talisman -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1:21 pm - Monsoon - Ever So Lonely (Hindi Version) 1:18 pm - Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows 1:15 pm - Kula Shaker - Tattva
Darkmatter wrote:
Springsteen, you say? Well, have a look here! :eek: :clap: :dancingbanana:
Thanks for that link, interesting combo, the crowd loved it. I would have liked to have been there.
Darkmatter wrote:
Springsteen, you say? Well, have a look here!
Quite cool! Thanks for posting that. I'll listen to it right after this one is over.
1wolfy wrote:
sounds like talking heads meets Springsteen
Springsteen, you say? Well, have a look here! :eek: :clap: :dancingbanana:
MrStatenIsle wrote:
Not since the theme from "Ghostbusters" and Huey Lewis's "I Wanna New Drug" has anything been so ripped.
Too lazy to search backward in the comments. Who ripped what off? I mean other than Ray Parker Jr. and Huey.
kool beans...got the Cd .. because of rp and you tube ...
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Someone said they were a bunch of EMO whiners. They sure come off that way sometimes. But shoot (we say that here) they are surely passionate about thier music I think (as in "not posers").
I often read comments about how this band is overrated, bratty, etc... and I'll throw in my two cents and give a different perspective than most have: These guys are friends of mine. In fact, I was in a band with one of the members right before Arcade Fire hit it big. Let me just say, these guys are incredibly talented musicians. Whether or not you think that comes across in their music, that's your opinion, but they truly do have musical talent. The lead singer and his brother are closely related to the late, great Alvino Rey. They come from a musical family and it's ingrained in their blood. What they play is real and honest. Someone else posted about how they looked like EMO whiners on Austin City Limits. I had dinner with my old friend the day after they taped it, and he was so excited he was bouncing off the ceiling. It was a dream fulfilled and the next night he got to play Red Rocks. I've never seen anyone so thrilled with life. He, and the rest of the band, definitely appreciate the gift they've been given. So I guess my point is that these are real people with real musical backgrounds who are not poseurs like so many other bands are these days.
rickhoran wrote:
best song on neon bible, imho. :bananajam:
Thanks for the warning.
Not since the theme from "Ghostbusters" and Huey Lewis's "I Wanna New Drug" has anything been so ripped.
best song on neon bible, imho. :bananajam:
danimal3114u wrote:
I just looked at my original rating, and I was surprised I gave it a 7. I actually really enjoy this song, and find myself looking forward to hearing it all the time. It's now a 9, as I've been craving it for over a month now, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.
YOu might want to check out the film Eddie and the Cruisers.....
Saw these guys on SNL and thought they were fun. How often does a hurdy gurdy show up in rock?!?
I just looked at my original rating, and I was surprised I gave it a 7. I actually really enjoy this song, and find myself looking forward to hearing it all the time. It's now a 9, as I've been craving it for over a month now, and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.
Rafter101 wrote:
On the darrrrrk side... Thanks Eddie--wait, this ain't you??
That's what I just thought!!!
ENOUGH of this song...
AWESOME! 4 Songs in a row on my "fav" RP collection!
1wolfy wrote:
sounds like talking heads meets Springsteen
With some David Bowie keening in the mix as well. Good stuff from my hometown: Montréal.
On the darrrrrk side... Thanks Eddie--wait, this ain't you??
esotericderek wrote:
I keep hearing Eddie & The Cruisers "On the Dark Side". Totally
hippiechick wrote:
The local radio station has chosen to play this song every morning when my alarm goes off. ARGH!
I'd be a little creeped out if my local radio station knew when my alarm was set to go off.
hippiechick wrote:
The local radio station has chosen to play this song every morning when my alarm goes off. ARGH!
Local radio station? I have RP set to start automatically at 7 am myself. I cannot bear local radio.
Saw them on Austin City Limits. What a bunch of bratty looking snots. I wanted to slap them.
Maria, Sulle suudlustega!
The local radio station has chosen to play this song every morning when my alarm goes off. ARGH!
Bill says he is dissappointed in this album. I defer because I never heard them before I heard them on RP, so I am green. Someone said they were a bunch of EMO whiners. They sure come off that way sometimes. But shoot (we say that here) they are surely passionate about thier music I think (as in "not posers").
sounds like talking heads meets Springsteen
Photo-John wrote:
This band does very little for me. It's like they've got all the pieces there, but they don't quite work.
Ditto. Precisely. Right on.
how do you get echo & the Bunnymen out of this? :think:
This band does very little for me. It's like they've got all the pieces there, but they don't quite work.
I keep hearing Eddie & The Cruisers "On the Dark Side". And yes, Bruce Springsteen as well.
yeah - i like this song but it's like someone said below: totally john cafferty and the beaver brown band
TJOpootertoot wrote:
They actually showed up on stage and played with this with Bruce and the E Street band in Ottawa last week. A good googling can turn up the cell-phone footage....Pretty sweet.
Sounds like Echo & the Bunnymen to me. I was thinking it might be a recent solo for Ian or something until I found out.
dmax wrote:
Springsteen meets Stereolab. Not that it's a bad thing.
They actually showed up on stage and played with this with Bruce and the E Street band in Ottawa last week. A good googling can turn up the cell-phone footage....Pretty sweet.
I think that this song and Wake Up were my favorites, though all them rocked the socks, when I went to go see them in concert. I don't think that anyone played the same instrument the whole time. Great song, great band, pretty good album (I'm partial to Funeral).