The Suburbs (5:14)

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From The Suburbs and 6 other releases

Arcade Fire Songs can be triggered by a simple act. According to The Suburbs Songfacts, frontman Win Butler was sent a photograph of an old school friend of his, who was standing with his daughter sitting on his shoulders “at the mall around the corner from where we lived”. He added: “The combination of seeing this familiar place and seeing my friend with his child brought back a lot of feeling from that time. I found myself trying to remember the town that we grew up in and trying to retrace as much as I could remember.”

At the same time, other Arcade Fire band members of a similarly suburban origin across Canada had revisited their childhood environs and, in some cases, found there was not much left: buildings were boarded up, if they still existed at all; new roads and rivers had magically appeared, altering the landscape that now only existed in faded photographs. When they reconvened, this was the first song they wrote. Said Win: “We started working on the song, and once that started to sound like music it felt like we were making an album.”


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  • agnessilvap

    When the "So can you understand" part starts, it means it's time to cry. Except if you're at Lollapalooza in São Paulo and the vocalist just says: "Essa é uma música sobre saudade"

    Yesterday 10:03pm Reply
  • Octopusespi

    Should I be happy or sad when I listen to this? Already a classic.

    Yesterday 5:34pm Reply
  • Jen420

    15 Apr 1:10pm Reply
  • Casablancas_

    "Essa é uma musica sobre saudade" [3] emocionante!

    10 Apr 9:20pm Reply
  • gfb04

    "essa é uma musica sobre saudade"(2)

    9 Apr 5:01pm Reply
  • EduMachine

    "essa é uma musica sobre saudade"

    8 Apr 10:19pm Reply
  • BrunaCorreiaDe

    Music of teenager memories <3

    7 Apr 5:48pm Reply
  • LittleLiar_

    It's a party of emotions when I listen to this. <3

    7 Apr 6:48am Reply
  • ky_ara

    Gli Arcade Fire non mi sono mai piaciuti chissà quanto ma mi sono accorta che alcune canzoni le so a memoria... Sometimes I can't believe it ...

    4 Apr 7:12pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    Sometimes I can't believe it... I'm moving past the feeling...!

    15 Feb 2:11am Reply
  • B_82

    the best!!Let's take a ride around The Suburbs

    14 Feb 7:11pm Reply
  • Arowatiso


    10 Feb 3:14pm Reply
  • achromes

    DIE legende brought me here (sun)

    10 Feb 3:12pm Reply
  • mateu89

    This song will never die.

    22 Jan 8:45pm Reply
  • agnessilvap

    And all of the wall they built in the 70s finally fall. And all of the houses they built in the 70s finally fall, meant nothing at all, meant nothing at all, it meant nothing.

    20 Jan 11:31pm Reply
  • inmoonmood

    thank goodness for this song! [2]

    18 Jan 9:04pm Reply
  • darkttempest

    Grab your mothers keys were leaving

    14 Jan 11:55pm Reply
  • theSunsOnFire


    3 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • Moralinfrei

    This song makes me feel so good!

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    Where tha bikes at, man?

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
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