Joan of Arc
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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You're the one that they used to hate
But they like you now
And everything that goes away
Will be returned somehow
They're the ones that spit on you
'Cause they got no heart
I'm the one that will follow you
You're my Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

You had a vision they couldn't see so
They put you down
But everything that you said would happen
It came around
And they're the ones that put you down
'Cause they got no heart
But I'm the one that will follow you
You're my Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

Now they tell you that you're their muse
Yeah, they're so inspired
But where were they when they called your name
And they lit the fire?
When the voices came, you cut your hair
But you're still confused
But I'm the one with a heavy heart
'Cause I'll follow you

My Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
When the boys are over you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

(I really wanna know you)

Tu dis que tu est mon juge
Mais je ne te crois pas
Alors tu dis que je suis une sainte
Mais ce n'est pas moi
J'entends des voix
Mais ce n'est pas moi
Je ne suis pas Jeanne d'Arc
And if you shoot, you better hit your mark (Hit your mark)

Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
When the boys are over you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

Joan, it's true
I only wanna to know you
Joan, it's true
it's true, I only wanna to know you
But Joan
I only wanna to know you

(First they love you)
(Then they kill you)
(Then they love you again)
(And then they love you)
(Then they kill you)
(Then they love you again)
(Love love you)
(Kill kill you)
And then they love you again
They love love you




Kill kill you
And then they love you again

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Arcade Fire's song Joan of Arc delve into the ideas of persecution, admiration, and the changing nature of public opinion. The song takes inspiration from the story of Joan of Arc, a young French peasant who claimed to have been commanded by God to lead the French army to victory during the Hundred Years' War. She was ultimately captured, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. The song explores how Joan was initially reviled and cast aside by those who did not understand her, but was ultimately recognized as an inspiration and a martyr.


The lyrics begin by acknowledging that Joan of Arc was initially hated by those around her, but that they eventually came to like and admire her. The repetition of the line "they like you now" is a nod to the fickle nature of public opinion. The second verse refers to Joan's vision, which her contemporaries could not see, and how her predictions ultimately came true. Despite her successes, Joan was still put down by those who lacked empathy and understanding. The chorus of the song repeats the idea that the singer will follow Joan of Arc, even when she is treated poorly by others.


The lyrics also reference some inconsistencies in Joan's story that have been debated by historians. For example, the line "When the voices came, you cut your hair, but you're still confused" references Joan's habit of cutting her hair short, which some historians believe was a sign of her devotion to God, while others argue that she simply did not have access to proper grooming tools while on campaign. The final verse includes lyrics in French, with Joan herself denying that she is a saint or Jeanne d'Arc.


Overall, Joan of Arc tells the story of a misunderstood and persecuted figure, and suggests that admiration and respect may come later than deserved. The song also hints at the difficulty of reconciling Joan's own narratives with the differing interpretations of her life and legacy.


Line by Line Meaning

You're the one that they used to hate
You were shunned and disliked by many people.


But they like you now
But now those same people like you.


And everything that goes away
Anything that disappears,


Will be returned somehow
Will come back eventually in some form.


They're the ones that spit on you
They are the people who treated you badly.


'Cause they got no heart
This is because they lack compassion and empathy.


I'm the one that will follow you
I, however, will support and follow you.


You're my Joan of Arc
You are my brave warrior and protector.


You had a vision they couldn't see so
You had an idea or goal that they couldn't understand.


They put you down
So, they ridiculed and belittled you.


But everything that you said would happen
However, all the things you spoke of did come to pass.


It came around
Things eventually came to fruition.


Tell the boys their time is through
Inform the men that they have lost power and influence.


Tell the boys I'll follow you
Let them know that I will be there to support you.


Now they tell you that you're their muse
Now, they see you as a source of inspiration.


Yeah, they're so inspired
They are excited and uplifted by your presence.


But where were they when they called your name
But, were they there for you when you needed them.


And they lit the fire?
Or were they responsible for the troubles that you faced?


When the voices came, you cut your hair
When you heard the call, you changed your appearance.


But you're still confused
But despite this, you're still feeling unsure and conflicted.


But I'm the one with a heavy heart
But, I am feeling deeply saddened for you.


My Joan of Arc
You are my hero and protector.


When the boys are over you
When the men leave and your influence fades.


Je ne suis pas Jeanne d'Arc
I'm not as brave and inspiring as Joan of Arc.


And if you shoot, you better hit your mark
And if someone tries to harm you, they better not miss.


Joan, it's true
Joan, it's true that I admire and respect you.


I only wanna know you
I just want to understand and know you better.


First they love you
First they care for and adore you.


Then they kill you
Then they try to destroy and break you down.


And then they love you again
But, they will eventually come around and love you once more.


Love love you
They will love and cherish you.


Kill kill you
But, they will try to take you down.


And then they love you again
And then they will return to loving and cherishing you again.




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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@beaniedoodle5724

My 6th grade teacher would have a song of the month we would listen to daily, and for the month of November (I think, it was around 8 years ago) this was her chosen song, she introduced me to lots of new music as a kid, one of my favourite teachers I've ever had.

@runnawaywoodstock

Awesome teacher

@TheRaphaelxau

The amount of headbanging I did to this tune IS OVER 8000

@eg6370

Ty Brother 😎✊🏼❤️‍🔥🙌🙌🙌💯💯💯

@ShivJ16

This song is incredibly underrated!

@garyjohnson9459

Catchy. I get it. Especially the female bit in the chorus.
Early bit even had early 80s punk vibe. Good tune I like it.

@c-dawg69

Sounds good dudes

@emmal1947

I like your fish 😀

@ilikeolivesifyoucouldnttel805

Most underrated AF song!

@petajames4292

Quite often have this stuck in my head....not complaining x

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