Intervention Lyrics - The Arcade Fire

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The king's taken back the throne
The useless seed is sown
When they say they're cutting off the phone
I'll tell 'em you're not home

No place to hide
You were fighting as a soldier on their side
You're still a soldier in your mind
Though nothing's on the line

You say it's money that we need
As if we're only mouths to feed
I know no matter what you say
There are some debts you'll never pay

Working for the church
While your family dies
You take what they give you
And you keep it inside
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Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone"

I can taste the fear
Gonna lift me up and take me out of here
Don't wanna fight, don't wanna die
Just wanna hear you cry

Who's gonna throw the very first stone?
Oh! Who's gonna reset the bone?
Walking with your head in a sling
Wanna hear the soldier sing

Working for the Church
While my family dies
Your little baby sister's
Gonna lose her mind
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone"

I can taste your fear
It's gonna lift you up and take you out of here
And the bone shall never heal
I care not if you kneel

We can't find you now
But they're gonna get their money back somehow
And when you finally disappear
We'll just say that you were never here

Been working for the church
While your life falls apart
Singing hallelujah with the fear in your heart
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone"
Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone"

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Amazing stuff | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/4/14

I've no idea what the song is about because I'm a simple man,but the sound tugs at my emotions in a big way and brings tears to my eyes, I don't do religion, but I guess you'd call this pull is something to do with spirituallity maybe?

Intervention | Reviewer: pete | 12/6/11

This song was written specifically about the Bush administration. It's referring to the non-seperation of church and state as well as the financial state of our country, among other things. war, church and debt.

Song about my father | Reviewer: Shaim | 9/5/11

Maybe this song is focused on the phoniness of Christianity, but for me it's always been a direct correlation of my family and my father. He likes to think he's a good Christian, always going to church while watching as my mother and I are literally going out of our minds with how uninvolved and uninterested he is with our lives. Every time we talk to him about it, he says he's supporting us financially, and that's the basis of the whole problem.

the band DOES understand Christianity | Reviewer: travis | 6/29/11

Most all of AF's music is a cry for relationship OVER religion....they arent anti-Christian. Some of you need to read ALL of their stuff..they are ANTI-religion, and as a Christian I will admit that LOTS of people market themselves as Christians but are truly judgmental hypocrites afraid of their own shadow...But AF gets it..they see the truth that GOD doesnt want Christianity or any other religion...He wants relationship (In my body is a cage, you hear this angst to break free from what we "see" as real and transcend into truth and who God really desires we be

gut wrenching lyrics | Reviewer: bill stewart | 4/12/11

Upon first listening to intervention, I thought the song was a slap in the face of christianity, but upon repeated listenings,this song is one of the most gut wrenching cries I have ever heard for family, love, support,and when he sings. "working for the church, while your family dies. little baby sister's going to lose her mind. just one spark of friendship and love will die without a home" That part always makes me just sob deeply, what a beautiful song! I see the song as a cry against cold robotic religion and the fear of man, and a cry for something genuine. As a believer I think you have to have the fear of God, A God that has every right to condemn all of us because of his holiness and perfection, but instead loved us enough to journey to this puny planet, take on human skin, and face all the temptations we faced, but yet never sinned, and all it takes is to come to him, admit our brokenness, swallow our pride, and accept and believe in our heart that he forgives us, the fact that God wants a relationship with us that much is astounding, he's my savior, my lord, and my best friend. I love Arcade Fire and the honesty they put forth, if they don't know Jesus Christ I hope with all my heart, that they will receive His Intervention.

A cry for genuineness | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/11

Upon first hearing "Intervention" and a lot of songs on Neon Bible I thought Arcade Fire's tone was pure mocking. But, upon further listenings I hear such a heartcry for connection, family, love, and wholeness. When he sings "just one spark of friendship and love will die without a home" I lose it. As a believer in Jesus Christ I believe there should be a fear of God and a sober assessment of our sinful condition without him, but the fact that God intervened and came done to earth, felt all of our temptations yet never sinned and died for all of mankind is awesome, not a distant God at all. I think religion can kill, but true relationship with Jesus Christ is the most liberating thing in the world. I Love Arcade Fire and the fact that they have the courage to take issue with the dark and ugly side of Christianity, which to me is not true christianity.

Bill S - Richmond VA

I think Arcade Fire is against religion altogether, especially Christianity | Reviewer: Joseph | 3/21/11

They're not just calling out the "fake Christians" (as suggested by another user), which, dubiously, EVERY Christian views others of being, but never themselves.
The band's lyrics clearly suggest there's something fundamentally wrong with Christianity.

It's obvious in the lyrics of the song "Neon Bible" how anti-religion Arcade Fire is- "vial of hope, vial of pain"- The core of Christianity (i.e. the Bible) is contradictory, with a god that is at times very petty and cruel (e.g. "oh God look at you now, you've lost it but you don't know how, in the light of a Golden Calf, oh God I had to laugh"). But, Christians are taught by their authority figures to unquestioningly accept the Christian god as always benevolent.
Win Butler explicitly mocks the vindictive, petulant smiting in the Bible, esp. in the Old Testament, and repeatedly emphasizes how hopeless humanity is if the Bible is "true" or "right."

As for this song "Intervention," I think it addresses how Christian dogma has been put into practice throughout much of history, such as in the Crusades. The Bible itself is full of holy war, genocide and it encourages Christian groupthink in general.
Homophobic, creationist, and war-mongering Christians today are also "singing hallelujah with the fear in their hearts"- there's no rational explanation for much of what they do; much of it is done out of fear.

Jesus said something along the lines of "let he who is without sin cast the first stone," and I don't doubt the lyrics of this song are in support of that teaching. The Bible is not all good, nor is it all bad, but both "a vial of hope and a vial of pain."
I think Arcade Fire is against Christianity in general because the Bible sells itself (and I mean by what is stated in its verses) as ALL good- clearly it is not.

Neon Bible | Reviewer: Jamie | 3/14/11

First of all most of the album is about how religion can be damaging. Intervention is about a father who is so engulfed by religion he's forgot to live his own live, his believes mean more to him than his family do. His son is not his solger any more
"Been working for the church
While your life falls apart
Singing hallelujah with the fear in your heart
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, "We'll go at it alone"

Broken Family | Reviewer: sjbrown | 3/9/11

I don't think it's a critique of the church / religion. It's a story of a Father, a son and a younger daughter. The Father is poor and in debt. He suffers and can't express his emotion to his children. He keeps everything so bottled up, even his love. His head ("bone") is broken. His children want not so much the money or food, they want their father's love. Unfortunately the Son learns this behaviour and follows the same pattern. But he holds out hope his sister will still escape the same fate.

a critiquing those in ministry | Reviewer: Martin | 2/12/11

To me the meaning seems pretty straight foward... "
"You were fighting as a soldier on their side
You're still a soldier in your mind," someone who claims to be a "soldier" for Christ, but is actually on the other side of evil intentions. He believes he is still on Christ's side.

The verse "Who's gonna throw the very first stone?" refers to the incident when they tried to stone the adulterous woman, but Jesus told whoever who hasn't sin throws the first stone. Everyone, including the leaders of the law and those condemning the woman left.

"We can't find you now/ But they're gonna get their money back somehow /And when you finally disappear / We'll just say that you were never here" - talks about who some televangelists laundered money from their ministries and disappeared.

@James | Reviewer: Johan | 1/18/11

I would believe that it is about christian life. Christians that claim to live as christians but do not. When I found Arcade Fire (and I love them) I was not christian but I am today and will be working in the church in the future I still hold the same opinion on this song. Its a really sad thing when people claim to be apart of christianity and forget that one thing is above all and that is Love.
Instead people act out of greed, selfishness, ignorance and hatred. And this is a true tragedy. I agree, its the most emotional song I've ever heard. You can hear that sadness, that pain in his song. I saw this when they played it live on some show, cant recall which one it was. And he was close to bursting out in tears.

I love Arcade Fire, cheers James and the rest of you :)

Great Emotion | Reviewer: James | 10/8/10

The first thing that caught me was the emotion in this song. It is definitely the best emotion I have ever heard in a song. As for what it's saying, it has pretty good lyrics. As an atheist, I think the lyrics represent the Catholic Church very well.

Great song.

Truth to the criticism | Reviewer: James | 9/27/10

Well first off, I'm a christian. This is a great song, great writing. Unfortunately it's true sometimes, there are people in the church that get hyped about the church, because when done right church is an amazing thing, but they overlook their own families. I respect The Arcade Fire's boldness here too, and it's done very well. I like the line, "There's some debts you'll never pay". As christians we try to, but we can't pay our way into heaven. No church offering gets us any closer. But that's just it. That's why Jesus decided He'd give up His life, because in doing so, He cleaned our records. Now we're solid with God, we just have to accept it as truth. I wish some Christians would get what whoever wrote this understands. Our attempt to earn grace, to earn a place in heaven is wasted energy. God's love isn't about what we earn, it's beyond what we deserve.

thank you | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/12/10

my reaction on this review:
The emotion this song brings me. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/12/08

Thanks. This is the first I ever write something like a lyric comment. And you made me do it :)
You really got the essence; its all about the feeling.
When I read the lyrics, then they mean nothing.
But when I as a dutch person listen to this song,
then it sounds so real and known. As if its exactly as what I'm feeling.
Its one of those rare perfect honest songs.
Thank you arcade fire.

lots of replies, can't even comment because am afraid of judgmental replies | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/10/10

but oh well, who cares? what i wanted to say is that the music is awesome, quite different and very 'mood-changing' for me, because when he switches from chorus to verse or vice, it sort of tugs at me, in a good way, as if the music had a hold of me that i did not know existed; the lyrics, though, can i complain? i'm not a fan of their lyrics. it's the execution along with the music that doesn't convince me? that's the best way i can put it, since i'm no pro but just amateur reviewing.

awesome music, but the lyrics don't compliment either in execution or something else; this detracted from my enjoyment of the song.

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