Here Comes The Night Time

Arcade Fire is a band after my own heart, as their music is both catchy and lyrically deep.  Their latest album Reflektor  was heavily influenced by the band’s time spent in post-earthquake Haiti, and the single Here Comes The Night Time is as much about the energy of Port-Au-Prince as everyone scrambles to head home before the darkness sets in as it is about the struggle between common people and the Absolutely Convinced.  The lyrics break it down for us:

They say heaven’s a place, yeah heaven’s a place
And they know where it is,
But you know where it is?
It’s behind the gate, they won’t let you in
When they hear the beat coming from the street they lock the door,
If there’s no music up in heaven then what’s it for?

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine back in October band leader Win Butler explained the inspiration:

Just the absurdity that you can go to a place like Haiti and teach people something about God. Like, the opposite really seems to be true, in my experience. I’ve never been to a place with more belief and more knowledge of God.

The final verse of the song drives home the meaning behind our very own First Amendment

When you look in the sky, just try looking inside
God knows what you might find
Here comes the night time

Amen, brother.

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