My Body Is a Cage
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still, the shapes fill my head

I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still, my heart beats so slow

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a

My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
That don't mean you're forgiven

I'm living in an age (I'm living in an age)
That screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight

I'm living in an age (I'm living in an age)
That laughs when I'm dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free
Set my body free





Set my spirit free
Set my body free

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage" describe the singer's sense of feeling trapped and constrained by their body, which prevents them from fully expressing themselves, particularly in dancing with someone they love. The line "my body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love" is repeated throughout the song, highlighting the key theme of physical and emotional confinement. However, despite feeling trapped and constrained, the singer maintains hope through the line "but my mind holds the key." This suggests that although the body may be limiting, the mind is capable of freeing oneself from this sense of imprisonment.


The second verse speaks of the singer living in an age where darkness is called light and where fear keeps them moving, but their heart beats slowly. Here, the lyrics allude to a sense of disillusionment with the world and the difficulty in navigating it. The singer feels a lack of control and agency, with everything feeling like a hollow play where they receive applause regardless. The repetition of "you're standing next to me" reinforces the idea that someone is there to help, but ultimately it is up to the singer to find the key to free themselves.


Overall, the lyrics convey a sense of emotional turmoil and struggle, but also illuminate the idea of hope and inner strength. The song's melancholic tone drives home the message that despite one's physical limitations, there is still the possibility of finding freedom through the mind.


Line by Line Meaning

My body is a cage that keeps me From dancing with the one I love But my mind holds the key
The body is like a prison that prevents the singer from being with the person they love, but the mind has the power to escape this cage.


I'm standing on a stage Of fear and self-doubt It's a hollow play But they'll clap anyway
The singer is filled with fear and doubt, but even if they put on a show that feels empty, people will still applaud.


You're standing next to me My mind holds the key
While the person the singer loves is there with them, the power to escape their body's limitations lies within their own mind.


I'm living in an age That calls darkness light Though my language is dead Still, the shapes fill my head
The current time is distorted, as even though things are bleak, they're portrayed as being the opposite. Though the artist's culture has been forgotten, the memory of it lives on in their mind.


I'm living in an age Whose name I don't know Though the fear keeps me moving Still, my heart beats so slow
The artist is experiencing a time period that is unfamiliar and uncertain, but even though they're afraid, their heart continues to beat steadily.


My body is a cage We take what we're given Just because you've forgotten That don't mean you're forgiven
The body feels like a confinement, but people still accept what they're given. Just because someone may forget what's been done to them, it doesn't mean they forgive those actions.


I'm living in an age (I'm living in an age) That screams my name at night But when I get to the doorway There's no one in sight
The singer is experiencing a time period where they are constantly reminded of their identity, but when they try to find their place in the world, they feel alone and unsupported.


I'm living in an age (I'm living in an age) That laughs when I'm dancing with the one I love But my mind holds the key
Even when the world seems to mock the artist's happiness with their loved one, their mind has the power to transcend these limitations.


Set my spirit free Set my body free
The artist desires to be released from the limitations of both the body and the mind, hoping to be truly free.




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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@murieldubois1571

❤❤❤❤
Thanks for sharing a piece of you either us.
May I encourage you …
If you don’t have done it… or if you already know who is the Great I am who invite you to dance with and through His Great Holy Spirit who is the Being, the Life and the Movement.

you can found Him face to face in the Torah or in the Bible in the First covenant (Tanah) and the renewed covenant though Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Mashiah in Hebrew language)

Maybe you can start by reading the book of the gospel(message) of the Apostle( called) John if you never open the Holy Book.❤

The real fight of every human being is resumed in being set free of the ruler of this world and the limitations of our broken spirit mind body… because of our heritage in our human line. The blood 🩸 carries the good and the bad. Only God and through the sacrifice of the Lamb of God can make it right and cleans our dept and sick minds (Isaiah 53) we enter through His door by faith.
God the Father loves us and all the Creation sooo much that He don’t want us to die far away of the Love, the Life and the Truth of who He is, so He send as a messenger his only Son Yeshua to make a way back home from the fairest place on earth the Cross the pitch for everyone who is lost in this world to show him the shortest way back home and that we can experience and acknowledge who He is the King of the the Kingdom of Heaven Adonai Yeshua. If you know the Son you will know the Father because of the Spirit testifies their Love.❤️

Some people are not physically disabled but still are hostage of their old way to think who they are or supposed to be and it kills all their potential of Being in this Life.
Learn to be what your soul tells you to be reconciled with it and with the One who created your being and your soul.
Amen 🙏🏽
We are all in this journey of earth for this purpose never let it go..
Lech lecha ❤
Muriel



@reguigmel2131

My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway
My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head
I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow
My body is a cage
That keeps me from dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a...
My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
That don't mean you're forgiven
I'm living in an age that
Screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight
I'm living in an age
They laugh when I'm dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free
Set my body free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free



@kareemmoufrige9808

[Chorus]
My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key
My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

[Verse 1]
I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

[Chorus]
My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

[Interlude]
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

[Verse 2]
I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head
I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

[Chorus]
My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

[Interlude]
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a...

[Verse 3]
My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
That don't mean you're forgiven
I'm living in an age
That screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight
I'm living in an age
That laughs
When I'm dancing
With the one I love
But my mind holds the key

[Interlude]
You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
[Outro]
Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free
Set my body free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free



All comments from YouTube:

@biaaraujo472

The build up with the organ and the chroir and then the best drop beat ever

@sdeal709

Yep!

@hippiecheezburger5457

Truly a great album closer I love the last part of the song

@benonaru

@@hippiecheezburger5457 noono

@afmccabe

Yes!! Gives me chills EVERY time!!!

@Loriloyy

Trauma is real, this song is so beautifully accurate in the feeling of being trapped in your own body.

@samandrew8158

"I'm living in an age that calls darkness light."

A truer lyrics has not been written in the last several decades.

@Cadence24

Did you read all the lyrics in the world in the last decades that you write this?

@koryngalen6228

@@Cadence24 lol shut up, you know what they meant.

@zenmkultra

@@Cadence24 Yes

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