It’s Never Over
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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Hey, Orpheus!
I'm behind you
Don't turn around
I can find you

Just wait until it's over
Wait until it's through
And if I call for you
Oh, Orpheus!
Just sing for me all night
We'll wait until it's over
Wait until it's through

You say it's not me, it's you

Hey, Orpheus!
De l'autre côté de l'eau
Comme un écho
Just wait until it's over
Wait until it's through

And if I shout for you
Never doubt
Don't turn around too soon
Just wait until it's over
Wait until it's through

It seems so important now
But you will get over
Seems so important now
But you will get over
And when you get over
And when you get older
Then you will remember
Why it was so important then

Seems like a big deal now
But you will get over
Seems like a big deal now
You will get over
When you get over
When you get older
Then you will discover
That it's never over

Hey, Eurydice!
Can you see me?
I will sing your name
Till you're sick of me
Just wait until it's over
Just wait until it's through

And if you call for me
This frozen sea
It melts beneath me
Just wait until it's over
Wait until it's through

Seems like a big deal now
You will get over
Seems like a big deal now
You will get over
And when you get over
When you get older
You will remember

He told you he'd wake you up
When it was over
He told you he'd wake you up
When it was over
Now that it's over
Now that you're older
Then you will discover

It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)

Sometime (Sometime)
Sometime (Sometime)
Boy, they're gonna eat you alive (eat you alive)
But it's never gonna happen now
We'll figure it out somehow

Sometime (Sometime)
Sometime (Sometime)
Boy, they're gonna eat you alive (eat you alive)
But it's never gonna happen now
We'll figure it out somehow

'Cause it's never over
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)
And it's never over (it's never over)
It's never over (it's never over)

We stood beside
A frozen sea
I saw you out
In front of me
Reflected light
A hollow moon




Oh Orpheus, Eurydice
Its over too soon

Overall Meaning

The song "It's Never Over" by Arcade Fire is a conversation between two mythical lovers, Orpheus and Eurydice, who are separated by the River Styx. The first verse is sung by Orpheus to Eurydice, who is behind him but he warns her not to turn around. He asks Eurydice to wait until it's over, referring to their separation, and to sing for him all night. He urges her to wait until it's through and not to doubt the call he makes to her. The second verse sees Eurydice calling out to Orpheus, singing for her till he's sick of it. Eurydice is urged to wait until it's over and wait until it's through.


The song then moves on to the bridge, which speaks not specifically to the mythological situation but a more general idea. Regardless of how important something might seem at present, it will be overcome with time. One will remember it, but as one gets older, one discovers that it's never over. The outro repeats the chorus and adds another conversation between Orpheus and Eurydice, in which the roles are reversed, and Eurydice sings to Orpheus, telling him that everything is over too soon.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, Orpheus!
Addressing Orpheus


I'm behind you
I'm here to support you


Don't turn around
Just focus on moving forward


I can find you
You're never alone


Just wait until it's over
Be patient


Wait until it's through
The hard times will pass


And if I call for you
I'll need your help too


Oh, Orpheus!
Addressing Orpheus again


Just sing for me all night
Keep my spirits up


You say it's not me, it's you
You're blaming me for your problems


De l'autre côté de l'eau
On the other side of the water


Comme un écho
Like an echo


And if I shout for you
Don't ignore my cry for help


Never doubt
Believe in me


Don't turn around too soon
Keep pushing forward


It seems so important now
This current issue is a big deal


But you will get over
It will eventually pass


And when you get over
When you no longer feel the pain


And when you get older
As time passes


Then you will remember
You'll reflect on this moment


Seems like a big deal now
This problem seems insurmountable


You will get over
It will eventually become easier


Hey, Eurydice!
Addressing Eurydice


Can you see me?
Do you notice me?


I will sing your name
I'll always remember you


Till you're sick of me
Forever


He told you he'd wake you up
Someone promised to end your pain


Now that it's over
After the pain has passed


Then you will discover
You'll learn


It's never over (it's never over)
The pain may persist


Sometime (Sometime)
At some point


Boy, they're gonna eat you alive (eat you alive)
People will try to harm you


But it's never gonna happen now
They won't succeed


We'll figure it out somehow
Together we can overcome it


A frozen sea
A barren environment


I saw you out
I was aware of your struggles


In front of me
I was watching


Reflected light
A faint glimmer of hope


A hollow moon
An empty feeling


Oh Orpheus, Eurydice
Referencing the mythological story


It's over too soon
The good moments pass too quickly


And it's never over (it's never over)
This cycle may continue




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:

Virgola

I studied this song for a homework about Orpheus' myths through the centuries and how different artists (Rodin, Canova, Virgilio) represented it. In the meantime I started appreciating more and more this song.

V.A. M.G.

@Lauren Seyler jjjij

Bernadette Martínez Hernández

@Lauren Seyler so true

Lauren Seyler

I think eurydice and orpheus is a metaphor for trauma bonding haha 😩😫😫 those relationships are the ones that are 'never over'

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Mama X

this CD has been stuck in the CD player in my car for years so I literally can’t stop listening to it but it’s okay I love it still 😁🦋

AMM3

@Mama X favorite comment I've seen all day 🤣
Had those cars too... Lucky cd to have stuck!... I don't want to talk about the CDs stuck in my car's.... Shudder

Mama X

this was me showing the young ones how to use the word literally properly

Mama X

the whole car could be a better one & it wouldn’t even have a cd player ,then again I could have no car or a car with no stereo at all

Eric Dalton

Lucky you like it.could be a better one for sure

Peter Liddell

They have an uncanny ability to write songs which grow with every listen. Lyrically and melodically

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