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The Arcade Fire Wake Up Lyrics

Last updated: 01/26/2014 07:10:54 PM

Somethin' filled up
my heart with nothin',
someone told me not to cry.

But now that I'm older,
my heart's colder,
and I can see that it's a lie.

Children wake up,
hold your mistake up,
before they turn the summer into dust.

If the children don't grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We're just a million little gods causin' rain storms turnin' every good thing to

I guess we'll just have to adjust.

With my lightnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am goin' to be
when the reaper he reaches and touches my hand.

With my lightnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am goin’
With my lightnin' bolts a glowin'
I can see where I am, go-go, where I am

You'd better look out below

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Inspirational lyrics | Reviewer: John | 1/25/14

These lyrics are full of insights and inspiration. Music like this flows when you're open to life. If you seek truth, look out for the truth contest. There's a free online book called the Present that is needed right now.

A Plea to Feel before its too late | Reviewer: Googiesgal | 12/4/13

For me this is an appeal to us all to let go of the 'grown up' ideal of suppressing one's feelings. Instead of feeling nothing, we should fill our hearts with love, express ourselves, and not let our hearts become cold as generations before have done.
The grown ups say it is a mistake to feel, a mistake to cry. But if you go through life without feeling, without love, you will live through the summer of your life and experience only dryness and death.
By feeling, we have our hearts broken, but at least we're alive.
The power that makes us cry (rain) may cause chaos, might need reigning in sometimes
But without it we just die in darkness.

Replying to Shawna's "Broken by the broken" comment | Reviewer: corthew | 1/29/13

Well, yes. We are sociopaths/psychopaths in a sense.

Speaking for myself, I was in my late 20's before I was able to reach the point the song writer reached where he realized he had been lied to as a child.
Unfortunately, you cannot easily "un-become" a sociopath.
I care deeply for the world around me but I will never really "feel" the world around me. I'm incapable of it though I would love to be able to again.
The possibility though of bridging that gap again and being wrong again is too painful to risk...again.
I'd rather feel love for mankind from within my barrier.
Its hard to regain that level of innocence that allows you to love when its been abused.
I can't allow myself to risk it again.
Do you get that?

releasing childish things | Reviewer: RealityIsAnOpinion | 10/6/12

Grow up
Let go of childish things and childish fairy tales.
Yes it hurts.
But without the fairy tales we have ourselves to rely upon.
And there is no need to cause pain
For another's decree.
We are ourselves
And we are free.

Mark 10:13-16 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/12

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Wake/Up | Reviewer: Misanthropicaz | 7/31/12

Wake up. Realize you are who you want to be; you make who you are through your actions, your thoughts, your words... your mistakes, your triumphs - they all comprise you, whoever you are. Sometimes it hurts, but other times it's gloriously happy. Such is life.

love this song | Reviewer: laura | 4/30/12

damn this is such a good song. this song talks about growing up and learning that the world is nothing we thought it was. most everyone will let us down and most everything will disappoint us. though its painful, we all need to grow up or else we can never hope to change what makes growing up painful.

broken by the broken | Reviewer: shawna | 3/10/12

If you identify with this song you're most likely a sociopath or psychopath. The odd thing to me (a healthy person with the ability to love deeply) is with the people that relate to the lyrics and recognize their emotional deformities, don't it because they're only in love with themselves. Why cant you (socio/psycho-paths) fix yourself. Why cant you begin to heal and let love in?

Fragments | Reviewer: anon | 1/7/12

Totally love this song. I know the original meaning of this song has nothing to do with what it means to me. I am a childhood trauma survivor with dissociative identity disorder. (used to be called Multiple personality disorder) Parts of me are still children, parts are adult. We are working toward integration. Use your imagination when you read those lyrics and you might see what it means to me.

Growing older but not losing hope | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/21/11

The last stanza, "With my lightning bolts glowing..." through "You better look out below." This stanza immediately reminded me of Zeus from Greek mythology. I don't know if any one else can see where I'm coming from here, but Those words made me feel empowered. It's like he's saying "Now that i've grown up, I can now see where I stand, and I am standing a taller and stronger person because of all I've been through in the end."

I don't know, maybe my new found emotional optimism is making me take these lyrics all wrong. lol. But lyrics can mean something different to every listener, can't they?

Great song with deep meaning | Reviewer: David I | 12/8/11

This Touches you inside
Basically it says maybe we were lied to when we were young and were forced to grow up, but the song says go against the mistakes and stop destroying the true inner feelings and express yourself as needed.

Religious undertones? | Reviewer: Jason | 6/21/11

This song (for me) was summed up by the final lyrics: "I can see where I am, go-go, where I am
You'd better look out below". Seemed like the narrator is suggesting that they're hell-bound. Great song no matter what the meaning though.

amazing song | Reviewer: just a nobody | 4/22/11

When I first read the lyrics to this song - it felt like being slapped in the face with reality.

When I was just a little girl, I was told so many times to stop crying by my parents - told me it was a sign of weakness.

I had troubles accepting that crying is normal for years, until now.

Thank you, Arcade Fire.

Childhood fades | Reviewer: louis dez mejier | 4/19/11

When I was a child the world was bigger and when I cried i've been told not to cry,my parents would cheer me up.once I grow older ,the world is not the same,every routine becomes boring,falling out off a relationship made me feel miserable and the world just wasn't the same as when I was a child.I see children and I tell them to enjoy it and I have fun with them and then I feel nostalgia and I become a's me,my mind,my body and my point of view.look at them and smile and in your mind say "damn,do I envy you little one!"

you may grow older but it doesn't stop.even if we are obligated to earn and work.

The meaning | Reviewer: Whatsup | 12/14/10

This song is definitely about growing up and losing faith, and some of your humanity in the process. The lyrics about a heart filled up with nothing, colder, and torn up are all about how as we grow older we become disenchanted with the world, be it through dissapointment with your career, relationships, a societal system you dont want to oppress you (That's what all their other songs are about).

He also tells us to be fully expressed, with 'the lie' being that we shouldn't cry, and that we should hold our 'mistakes' and shortcomings and failings up rather than wondering why we don't all have the lives we want.

The best part is the 'gods' references throughout. He says we're all gods, because of our autonomy. With our 'lightning bolts' (zeus) we can forsee our deaths, and we are the only species that has that ability. We're all gods, because we can think and act, and that should be enough to liberate us from growing old and bitter.

One of the best written songs I've ever seen, really amazing. The chorus melody is just a primal sound that wraps the whole thing up, seeing them perform it live makes it clear, just live.