Awful Sound
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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You and I were born
In a little town
Before the awful sound
Started coming down

Oh no oh

You came home from school
Knew you had to run
Please stop running now
Just let me be the one

For you

But I know you can see
Things that we can't see
But when I say I love you
Your silence covers me
Oh, Eurydice, it's an awful sound

I was so disappointed
You didn't want me
Oh, how could it be, Eurydice
I was standing beside you
By a frozen sea
Will you ever get free?
Just take all your pain
Just put it on me
So that you can breathe
When you fly away
Will you hit the ground?
It's an awful sound

I know there's a way
We can make 'em pay
Think it over and say (I'm never going back again)
I know there's a way
We can leave today
Think it over and say (I'm never going back again)

When you were born in the little town
Before the awful sound
Started coming down
There's so much inside you
That you won't let me see
You fly away from me
But it's an awful sound
When you hit the ground
It's an awful sound
When you hit the ground

I know there's a way
We can make 'em pay
Think it over and say
(I'm never going back again)
But I know there's a way
We can leave today
Think it over

We know there's a price to pay
For love in the reflective age
I met you up upon a stage
Our love in a reflective age





Oh no, now you're gone (No)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Arcade Fire’s Awful Sound explore themes of love, loss, and personal struggle. The song tells the story of a couple who grew up in a small town before something terrible happened that caused the town and their relationship to fall apart. The singer is trying to understand what happened to their relationship and what they can do to fix it.


The first verse sets the scene of the story, with the couple growing up in a small town before the "awful sound" started coming down. This "awful sound" is likely a metaphor for a real event that caused the town to change and led to the couple's relationship breaking down. In the chorus, the singer tries to reach out to their partner, offering to help them by taking on their pain so they can breathe. They are desperate to understand their partner, to see the things that they can’t see and for their partner to stay with them.


The song also references the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, with the line, "Oh, Eurydice, it's an awful sound." Orpheus tried to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld but was told not to look back at her on their way out. He disobeyed and lost her forever. In the song, the singer is likewise trying to save their relationship from falling apart but fears they may lose their partner forever.


While the song's meaning may be open to interpretation, it is clear that the singer is struggling with the fallout of a catastrophic event, and is searching for a way to rebuild their relationship and move on.


Line by Line Meaning

You and I were born
We come from the same small town


In a little town
We are from a place where everyone knows each other


Before the awful sound
Before the world became too loud and chaotic


Started coming down
Before the world became a dark and scary place


You came home from school
You had a rough day at school


Knew you had to run
You needed to escape from your problems


Please stop running now
I want to be the one to help you


Just let me be the one
I want to be the person you turn to for support


But I know you can see
You have a unique perspective on the world


Things that we can't see
You can see things beyond our limited perception


But when I say I love you
When I express my feelings for you


Your silence covers me
Your lack of response makes me feel helpless


Oh, Eurydice, it's an awful sound
The silence between us is uncomfortable and concerning


I was so disappointed
I felt hurt and let down


You didn't want me
You didn't reciprocate my feelings


Oh, how could it be, Eurydice
I am confused and heartbroken


I was standing beside you
I was by your side all along


By a frozen sea
In a desolate and barren place


Will you ever get free?
Will you ever overcome your struggles?


Just take all your pain
Let me help you bear your burdens


Just put it on me
Lean on me for support


So that you can breathe
So that you can find peace and stability


When you fly away
When you leave and go your own way


Will you hit the ground?
Will you stumble and fall?


It's an awful sound
It's painful for me to see you suffer


I know there's a way
There is a solution to our problems


We can make 'em pay
We can overcome our struggles


Think it over and say (I'm never going back again)
Decide to move forward and leave our problems behind


We know there's a price to pay
We understand that there are consequences to our actions


For love in the reflective age
In a world that values self-reflection and criticism


I met you up upon a stage
We met in a public and performative setting


Our love in a reflective age
Our relationship is subject to scrutiny and analysis


Oh no, now you're gone (No)
I am devastated by the loss of our relationship




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jeremy Gara, Regine Chassagne, Richard R Parry, Tim Kingsbury, William Butler, Win Butler

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Comments from YouTube:

Nia Al-Maliky

This album came out the year I went into foster care. I was 13. This song hit me the hardest..the line "you came home from school, knew you had to run, please stop running now, just let me be the one" always made me cry. I wish someone would say that to me

Ki Méliès

I was 13 too. I got the CDs, and I listened to them all the time. I loved those lyrics for a similar reason. I grew up in an abusive home. I was being abused then. I wanted to run, too. And still wish someone would say that to me, too.

Sofia The Pokémon Collector

❤❤❤❤❤❤

Rodrigo24717

One of the greatest songs ever

Henry Mathis

Havent really been perceptive to the whole sound thing for long huh...

Rodrigo24717

@Henry Mathis what's that supposed to mean

Damara Papaefstathiou

Yes it is.

SanguineMalcontent

@Rodrigo24717 It's a fantastic song, but there are hundreds (if not thousands) better.

Mattia Piola

This album was and still is incredible.

Elise S

This album changed my life. Thank you

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