Monday, November 05, 2007

Arcade Fire in Stockholm

I went to Arcade Fire at Globen tonight. Some friends came down from Uppsala to meet me. Although the show was perfect, as all Arcade Fire performances have ever been, I couldn't shake some sad, frustrating, discouraging, scary thoughts I've been having. Unfortunately, my routine secret keeper doesn't keep always keep secrets anymore and without him, things have a tendency to pile up inside.

My absolute, favourite Arcade Fire song of all time is Neighbourhood #1, Tunnels. It was beautifully played tonight. Here are the lyrics.

"And if the snow buries my,
my neighbourhood.
And if my parents are crying
then I'll dig a tunnel
from my window to yours,
yeah a tunnel from my window to yours.
You climb out the chimney
and meet me in the middle,
the middle of the town.
And since there's no one else around,
we let our hair grow long
and forget all we used to know,
then our skin gets thicker
from living out in the snow.

You change all the lead
sleepin' in my head,
as the day grows dim
I hear you sing a golden hymn.

Then we tried to name our babies,
but we forgot all the names that,
the names we used to know.
But sometimes, we remember our bedrooms,
and our parent's bedrooms,
and the bedrooms of our friends.
Then we think of our parents,
well what the hell ever happened to them?!

You change all the lead
sleepin' in my head to gold,
as the day grows dim,
I hear you sing a golden hymn,
the song I've been trying to sing.

Purify the colours, purify my mind.
Purify the colours, purify my mind,
and spread the ashes of the colours
in this heart of mine."

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