Here Comes the Night Time
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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When the sun goes down
When the sun goes down you head inside
'Cause the lights don't work
Yeah nothing works they say you don't mind
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
And the missionaries
They tell us we will be left behind
Been left behind
A thousand times, a thousand times

If you want to be righteous
If you want to be righteous, get in line
'Cause here comes the night time

Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night
Here comes the night time
Look out, here comes the night time!

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
And when they hear the beat, coming from the street, they lock the door
But if there's no music up in heaven, then what's it for?

When I hear the beat, my spirit's on me like a live-wire
A thousand horses running wild in a city on fire
But it starts in your feet, then it goes to your head
If you can't feel it, then the roots are dead
And if you're the judge, then what is our crime?
Here comes the night time

Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time

Here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Look out, here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Here comes the night, the night, the night, the night time!

Now the preachers they talk
Up on the satellite
If you're looking for Hell, just try looking inside

Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time

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




God knows what you might find
Here comes the night time

Overall Meaning

At its core, Arcade Fire's Here Comes the Night Time is a song about fear and uncertainty. The line "when the sun goes down, you head inside" speaks to the fear of the unknown that can come with darkness. The reference to lights not working only amplifies this fear. The repeated refrain of "here comes the night time" feels ominous and heavy, and almost like a warning. The song also tackles the theme of righteousness, particularly in the face of a belief system that threatens to leave some people behind. The missionaries who tell people they will be left behind speak directly to the fear that some people might not be "good enough" for whatever comes next. The line "if you want to be righteous, get in line" suggests that life is about following a series of rules or commands, but the final line "here comes the night time" seems to suggest that maybe none of that really matters in the end.


The second half of the song introduces a new theme, that of freedom in the face of fear. The line "they won't let you in" suggests that there are places where people aren't allowed to go, but the beat of the music can't be contained. Even if the gate to heaven is locked, the music that reaches up to it can't be stopped. The imagery of a thousand horses running wild in a city on fire feels like a kind of chaos, but that chaos is the thing that brings people together. The line "if you can't feel it, then the roots are dead" suggests that if you can't connect with that chaos, then you'll never truly feel alive. The mention of preachers talking on satellites feels like a commentary on the way fear can be spread and amplified through media. The song seems to suggest that in the face of fear, the best thing to do is to turn inward and look for freedom and joy from within.


Line by Line Meaning

When the sun goes down
As the sun sets and darkness approaches


When the sun goes down you head inside
As night falls, you retreat indoors


'Cause the lights don't work
The darkness prevails because the lights are out


Yeah nothing works they say you don't mind
Everything seems to be broken but you're oblivious to it


And the missionaries
The preachers and religious figures


They tell us we will be left behind
They warn that people won't make it to heaven


Been left behind
Many have already been abandoned


A thousand times, a thousand times
Countless times, people have been told they won't get into heaven


If you want to be righteous
If you aim to be upstanding and pure


If you want to be righteous, get in line
You need to join the queue for heaven


'Cause here comes the night time
With darkness approaching, the threat of judgment looms


They say, heaven's a place
There is a concept of an afterlife in heaven


Yeah, heaven's a place and they know where it is
Some claim to know the exact location of heaven


But you know where it is?
But are you really sure?


It's behind the gate, they won't let you in
Heaven is reserved for certain people and not others


And when they hear the beat, coming from the street, they lock the door
The gatekeepers of heaven refuse entry to those who don't fit their mold


But if there's no music up in heaven, then what's it for?
If there is no diversity in heaven, then what is the point of it?


When I hear the beat, my spirit's on me like a live-wire
Music ignites my soul and gives me energy


A thousand horses running wild in a city on fire
A powerful and electrifying image of the energy of music


But it starts in your feet, then it goes to your head
Music has a physical and emotional effect on the body


If you can't feel it, then the roots are dead
If you can't connect with music, you've lost something fundamental


And if you're the judge, then what is our crime?
If someone is holding you to an impossible standard, what have you done wrong?


Now the preachers they talk
Religious figures continue to spread their message


Up on the satellite
In the modern world, they communicate via technology


If you're looking for Hell, just try looking inside
The true demons we face are often within ourselves


When you look in the sky, just try looking inside
Instead of seeking external answers, search within yourself


God knows what you might find
A reminder that there is always more to discover


Here comes the night time
A warning of the darkness that is approaching


Here comes the night time, the night time
Repetition of the warning for emphasis


Here comes the night time, the night time
Repetition of the warning for emphasis


Here comes the night time, the night time
Repetition of the warning for emphasis


Here comes the night time, the night time
Repetition of the warning for emphasis


Here comes the night!
The darkness is now immediate


Here comes the night!
The darkness is now immediate


Look out, here comes the night!
A reminder to stay alert and aware


Here comes the night!
The darkness is still looming


Here comes the night!
The darkness is still looming


Here comes the night, the night, the night, the night time!
A final warning about the darkness that is approaching




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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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@carlosarturoocampo1043

When the sun goes down
When the sun goes down you head inside
'Cause the lights don't work
Yeah nothing works they say you don't mind
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time

And the missionaries
They tell us we will be left behind
Been left behind
A thousand times, a thousand times

If you want to be righteous
If you want to be righteous, get in line
'Cause here comes the night time

Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night
Here comes the night time
Look out, here comes the night time!

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
And when they hear the beat, coming from the street, they lock the door
But if there's no music up in heaven, then what's it for?

When I hear the beat, my spirit's on me like a live-wire
A thousand horses running wild in a city on fire
But it starts in your feet, then it goes to your head
If you can't feel it, then the roots are dead
And if you're the judge, then what is our crime?
Here comes the night time

Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time
Here comes the night time

Here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Look out, here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Here comes the night!
Here comes the night, the night, the night, the night time!

Now the preachers they talk
Up on the satellite
If you're looking for Hell, just try looking inside

Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time
Here comes the night time, the night time

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



All comments from YouTube:

@massimojolicoeur4021

drum machine that kicks in at 2:09 is god's work

@carlosbabun7389

Here comes the next album

@saras.5619

Memories of Rome 2014 gig, when during the intro of this song Win entered the stage with a big-paper head of the Pope on!!!

@meme-sl4nb

One of their very best songs, and that's saying something. Total banger.

@nuf5896

Their absolute best song ever in my opinion

@Nathan_michelmore

I love how flashbulb eyes fades out and this fades in

@zackzallie8735

Best band of THE decade!!!!!

@Lateralus1007

Best band of the new millennium

@petajames4292

I've had Ocean of Noise stuck in my head all morning....I'll have this stuck in my head all afternoon 🤗 x

@hugo_PaNK

Qué tristeza sería este mundo sin Arcade Fire!!!

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