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Arcade Fire — Ready To Start
Album: The Suburbs
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7.3

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Total ratings: 633









Released: 2010
Length: 4:14
Plays (last 30 days): 1
If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I'll just begin again
You say, "Can we still be friends?"

If I was scared, I would and if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes
But they bow down to him anyway
It's better than being alone

If I was scared, I would and if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

Now you're knocking at my door
Saying "Please come out with us tonight"
But I would rather be alone
Than pretend I feel alright
If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I'll just begin again
You say, "Can we still be friends?"

If I was scared, I would and if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not, now I'm ready to start
If I was scared, I would and if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not, now I'm ready to start, now I'm ready to start

I would rather be wrong
than live in the shadows of your song
My mind is open wide and now I'm ready to start,
now I'm ready to start
My mind is open wide and now I'm ready to start
You're not sure you open the door and step out into the dark,
now I'm ready...
Comments (83)add comment
 ottovonb wrote:
Abba without the attractive melodies. The sound of Arcade Fire on the office speaker system illicits immediate pleading to change the station from every corner - fast, fast, fast. People begging to turn it off. Honestly, pound, pound, pound, pound, pound behind a man with no vocal talent whatsoever. Their popularity mystifies me. I've never met anyone who likes them - never.

 
I would like to think that you used illicit instead of elicit deliberately. There is potential for punning and mischievous opportunities to comment on the sounds you hear, but my guess is you don't actually know the word. Bummer, I suppose. Spelling matters, since using words that sound similar but have dramatically different meanings can alter your intended message and render it moot.
well It is the back of a benz and the front of at least a million dollar home, what can we expect.....
 thatch wrote:
One of the most over-rated bands?

 
Yes and waaaaay over played.   Getting sick of hearing this song {#Sick}
I first heard the name Arcade Fire when curled up in my sleeping bag at 11000' in the High Sierras. My backpacking bud was reading an article about them in Rolling Stone. Wondering if I might recognize a song, I asked him to sing me a song. He wouldn't, despite my begging and offering chocolate and being a nuisance! But later he sent me a video of a live performance of this song. 

That was my start. Loved them.
 
What a great song from a great album...dear God, how can anyone hate Arcade Fire?
 Paul_the_wonk wrote:
A lot of hate here for Arcade Fire.  I quite like this band, and The Suburbs is a fantastic album!
 
I had this album playing in my car for about a month. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. 
A lot of hate here for Arcade Fire.  I quite like this band, and The Suburbs is a fantastic album!
Why is this band so popular?? Their live show looks interesting but there's nothing to the music. Boring.... 
 ottovonb wrote:

I'd rather chew on glass.
 
Looking at your comments on some other Arcade Fire tracks, I'm starting to get the impression that you don't like Arcade Fire very much.
 
 Phlegmaticman wrote:


I think they are one of those bands that needs to be seen live.
 
I'd rather chew on glass.
Abba without the attractive melodies. The sound of Arcade Fire on the office speaker system illicits immediate pleading to change the station from every corner - fast, fast, fast. People begging to turn it off. Honestly, pound, pound, pound, pound, pound behind a man with no vocal talent whatsoever. Their popularity mystifies me. I've never met anyone who likes them - never.
 thatch wrote:
One of the most over-rated bands?
 
For SURE

 
 thatch wrote:
One of the most over-rated bands?
 

I think they are one of those bands that needs to be seen live.
 thatch wrote:
One of the most over-rated bands?
 

YES!!!
 thatch wrote:
One of the most over-rated bands?
 
YES!!!
One of the most over-rated bands?
 fredriley wrote:

"If I was scared"? Wot, no subjunctive? Ah well, it's a dying tense in English, right enough.

 
Ah, if only you were to be wrong.
 juanos wrote:
love arcade fire.... very soon 9 —> 10
even the icons are dancing to the rythm {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 
OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO BANANAS! {#Bananapiano} {#Bananasplit} {#Bananajumprope}

pretty good.....{#Bananajumprope}
Another great band from Montréal ;-)
Still my favorite song off of this excellent album. . . 

Just pretty darn boring ...
 black321 wrote:
wankers
 

yep
wankers
Yeah I'm going to see them in New Orleans!
10 —> 13
 SinisterDexter wrote:

If so, they'll be atoning for a looooong time.
 

At least everyone had heard of Milli Vanilla.  They were, like, sooo popular.  Sheesh! 

Everyone knows who Eminem is too.  Of course he deserved to win.  At least he's American!

The masses are asses.  Go Arcade Fire!
 vandal wrote:
Maybe the Grammys are trying to atone for Milli Vanilli. . . 
 
If so, they'll be atoning for a looooong time.
 Lonestar wrote:

Well said about Grammy relevance. I always assumed 'Album of the Year' meant 'highest grossing' until now. 
 
Maybe the Grammys are trying to atone for Milli Vanilli. . . 
 
love arcade fire.... very soon 9 —> 10
even the icons are dancing to the rythm {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}
 alph wrote:
Hilarity:

https://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/

Congrats to the deserved winner of Album of the Year (not that a Grammy means much of anything).
 
Well said about Grammy relevance. I always assumed 'Album of the Year' meant 'highest grossing' until now. 
Hilarity:

https://whoisarcadefire.tumblr.com/

Congrats to the deserved winner of Album of the Year (not that a Grammy means much of anything).

Album of the year! Woo hoo
Only been listening to this album for a couple weeks but it's getting more play than anything right now.
 Det wrote:
galant{#Meditate}              Mitsubishi ?
 


Is that an '72 W115 body in the cover photo?

 Rp10v3r wrote:
Heard Arcade play this song on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Nice. 
 

https://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-12-2010/arcade-fire—-ready-to-start

A really good perforamance, and that singer is one tall dude.
 vandal wrote:
If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not


9 {#Arrow} 10
 
"If I was scared"? Wot, no subjunctive? Ah well, it's a dying tense in English, right enough.

This is goood!
Same here. I always want to listen to the whole thing all the way through, too.

Drexyl wrote:

This CD is one of my favs from this year {#Jump}


 


7??  What was I thinking?  This song rocks!  9 today.
If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not


9 {#Arrow} 10


This CD is one of my favs from this year {#Jump}


sirdroseph wrote:
Yeah, they sounded pretty good. I don't see why everyone thinks they are like so great though. However, I will not hate on them for being so overrated because they are pretty good and I do like this song.{#Yes}


 
paulmack wrote:


Evidently you are the official rater of what is good - how lucky for us that you feel benevolent now and again. Ok, that was snarky, I admit, but your statement above reveals something about your internal thought process - that you unconsciously (I assume) think that everyone actually hears exactly what you do and, at least in some cases, mistakenly likes something you don't in spite of that. Logically, that's what you're saying. Just trying to point that out.

I should be clear - there are plenty of things that I don't get, either - hip-hop and rap are great examples of that. But I can accept that others see the artistry there that I am missing - rather than concluding that they're all idiots or misguided in some other way.

And, for the record, I happen to like these guys - and I like this release more than previous ones. I doubt I could tell you precisely why.

 
lol! I have no idea what you are talking about, I like the song, but do not think that they are anything special which evidently from all of the buzz a lot of people do. That is my opinion, you have yours. I don't assume anything on anyone else, if they like them and think they are great, good on them, I don't and I said so. I don't have any idea what everyone else hears with their ears and quite frankly don't give a rats ass because I have my own. BTW, song comment section is for?{#Stupid}
 mandolin wrote:

...i disagree; i think the suburbs is by far their strongest album to date...they found their voice in neon bible, certainly, but thematically, musically, and conceptually, i think they've really come into their prime this time around...

 
{#Yes}

{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananapiano}{#Boohoo}{#Bananajam}

...10... {#Music}

Just saw them last night: this was the opener - freaking amazing ensemble cast of highly talented musicians. . .

just saw them last night: powerful, passionate live act.  pure charismatic genius.

God how I love this song!  I can't wait to see them on the 30th. . .

8 {#Arrow} 10

{#Sunny}


BEST SONG OF THE ALBUM!
F'ing awesome.


 paulmack wrote:


Evidently you are the official rater of what is good - how lucky for us that you feel benevolent now and again. Ok, that was snarky, I admit, but your statement above reveals something about your internal thought process - that you unconsciously (I assume) think that everyone actually hears exactly what you do and, at least in some cases, mistakenly likes something you don't in spite of that. Logically, that's what you're saying. Just trying to point that out.

I should be clear - there are plenty of things that I don't get, either - hip-hop and rap are great examples of that. But I can accept that others see the artistry there that I am missing - rather than concluding that they're all idiots or misguided in some other way.

And, for the record, I happen to like these guys - and I like this release more than previous ones. I doubt I could tell you precisely why.

 

But I can accept that others see the artistry there that I am missing - rather than concluding that they're all idiots or misguided in some other way.

Although I don't agree with sirdroseph's comment, I don't see where this particular line in your critique was even implied.

I have to rate this an 11 simply because it broke the Desolation Row marathon ... quite literally TORTURE{#Exclaim}
Two AF songs from the same album in the last three hours.  I'm not usually one to complain about overplaying, but...
 Synth80s wrote:
The new Arcade Fire album is not as consistent as their first 2 releases, but it does have a lot of gems like this tune.  If you've never seen them, live go find 'em — they put on an authentically energetic show.
 
...i disagree; i think the suburbs is by far their strongest album to date...they found their voice in neon bible, certainly, but thematically, musically, and conceptually, i think they've really come into their prime this time around...

The new Arcade Fire album is not as consistent as their first 2 releases, but it does have a lot of gems like this tune.  If you've never seen them, live go find 'em — they put on an authentically energetic show.
 Valley_Boy wrote:


I have not watched the *real* news in a while. I am going to have to start recording the Daily Show.
 
Amen bro! Stewart and Colbert is where I get real news...:)

 sirdroseph wrote:

Yeah, they sounded pretty good. I don't see why everyone thinks they are like so great though. However, I will not hate on them for being so overrated because they are pretty good and I do like this song.{#Yes}
 

Evidently you are the official rater of what is good - how lucky for us that you feel benevolent now and again. Ok, that was snarky, I admit, but your statement above reveals something about your internal thought process - that you unconsciously (I assume) think that everyone actually hears exactly what you do and, at least in some cases, mistakenly likes something you don't in spite of that. Logically, that's what you're saying. Just trying to point that out.

I should be clear - there are plenty of things that I don't get, either - hip-hop and rap are great examples of that. But I can accept that others see the artistry there that I am missing - rather than concluding that they're all idiots or misguided in some other way.

And, for the record, I happen to like these guys - and I like this release more than previous ones. I doubt I could tell you precisely why.

I am surprised! VERY MUCH SO!

FOR ME THE FIRST (!!!) GOOD SONG
FROM THIS BAND!

PRETTY GOOD, EVEN...!!!

 Rp10v3r wrote:
Heard Arcade play this song on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Nice. 
 
Yeah, they sounded pretty good. I don't see why everyone thinks they are like so great though. However, I will not hate on them for being so overrated because they are pretty good and I do like this song.{#Yes}


 Rp10v3r wrote:
Heard Arcade play this song on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Nice. 
 

I have not watched the *real* news in a while. I am going to have to start recording the Daily Show.
Heard Arcade play this song on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. Nice. 
One of my favorite CD's of the year, hands down.
Nah-ice {#Devil_pimp} 
 Zeito wrote:

I don't get this Arcade Fire stuff.  Actually I like this a lot. 


 
I clicked on the link...hilarious blog!

nice one
Awesome band, awesome album.
 ashjonesie wrote:
I saw AF last night when they played on a show on Comedy Central and I have to admit, I have even more respect for this band. Not only are they famous AND awesome, but they are nice too! LOVE THEM!
 
If you get a chance, see this band live. So much energy, and soooo much musical talent.


 ashjonesie wrote:
I saw AF last night when they played on a show on Comedy Central and I have to admit, I have even more respect for this band. Not only are they famous AND awesome, but they are nice too! LOVE THEM!

 
Yeah, I was surprised to see them on John Stewart, he doesn't usually have bands on does he? At any way, tres cool.

I just finished my daily playing of this awesome album.
Great track! 
If you like it, then you obviously get it :) 

 
Zeito wrote:

I don't get this Arcade Fire stuff.  Actually I like this a lot. 


 


galant{#Meditate}

I don't get this Arcade Fire stuff.  Actually I like this a lot. 


I saw AF last night when they played on a show on Comedy Central and I have to admit, I have even more respect for this band. Not only are they famous AND awesome, but they are nice too! LOVE THEM!

I knew this was AF from the opening note. . . awesome. . .
Live at MSG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pp3olGyku0
BRILLIANT! {#Sunny}
the album art looks like an 80s model BMW 5 series...I used to own one...great car.  Not a bad song either.
Businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
And I guess I'll just begin again
You say can we still be friends

If I was scared, I would
And if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears new clothes
But to bow to down to them anyway
Is better than to be alone

If I was scared, I would
And if I was bored, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

Now you're knocking at my door
Saying please come out against the night
But I would rather be alone
Than pretend I feel alright

If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I'll just begin again
You say can we still be friends

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

Now I'm Ready to Start

If I was scared, I would
And if I was pure, you know I would
And if I was yours, but I'm not

Now I'm Ready to Start

Now I'm Ready to Start
I would rather be wrong
Than live in the shadows of your song
My mind is open wide
And now I'm ready to start

Now I'm Ready to Start
My mind is open wide
Now I'm Ready to Start
Not sure you'll open the door
To step out into the dark
Now I'm ready!

I'm buying this. No question.
These guys rule!
Gotta get this CD today!
...this was awesome live last week...
{#Dancingbanana} Saw these guys last week at the Mann Music Center in Philly. They rocked the house!

The Suburbs (the song) sets the scene and the themes...but Ready to Start gets things moving!  Infectious beat, perfect, sparse instrumentation.  One of the best songs from a great album.