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The Sprawl I (Flatland) Songfacts says: On this minor key piano lamenting change and modernization, frontman Win Butler revisits the town where he grow up. "I took a drive into the sprawl to find the house where we used to stay in," he recalls. However, Butler fails to locate various childhood haunts that are imprinted on his memory.

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Took a drive into the sprawl
To find the house where we used to stay
I couldn't read the number in the dark
You said \"let's save it for another day\"

Arcade Fire - Sprawl I (Flatland) Lyrics


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  • "Cops shone their lights, on the reflectors of our bikes"
  • Never spotted how similar to Pulp's "I Spy" it is - very it turns out
  • Possibly my favourite lyric on an album of wonderful, wonderful lyrics: "The cops shone their lights/On the reflectors of our bikes/Said "Do you kids know what time it is?"/Well, sir, it's the first time I felt like something is mine/Like I have something to give". This fucking band, man.
  • Sprawl II >>>>>Sprawl I
  • sprawl I >>>>>>>> sprawl II [4]
  • sprawl I >>>>>>>> sprawl II [3]
  • sprawl I >>>>>>>> sprawl II [2]
  • Anyone else think that this is WAY too similar to Pulp's "I Spy" for comfort?
  • Everytime, it makes me feel a sadness that does not belong to me.
  • This song kills me with its beauty.

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