No Cars Go
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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We know a place where no planes go
We know a place where no ships go

(Hey) No cars go
(Hey) No cars go
Where we know

We know a place no spaceships go
We know a place where no subs go

(Hey) No cars go
(Hey) No cars go
Where we know

(Hey)
(Hey)
(Go, go)

(Hey) Us kids know
(Hey) No cars go
Where we know

Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream

I don't want any pushing, and I don't want any shoving
We're gonna do this in an orderly manner
Women and children
Women and children
Women and children, let's go




Old folks, let's go
Babies needing cribs, let's go

Overall Meaning

Arcade Fire's song "No Cars Go" touches on the idea of escapism and a desire to find a place where societal norms and industrialization cannot reach. The song's chorus "No cars go" is a reference to a world without modern modes of transportation; no cars, nor planes, or ships. The lyrics describe a utopia that only "us kids" know about, where dreaming is more important than reality.


The song's verses continue with various modes of transportation that are absent in this utopia, including spaceships and submarines. The lyrics emphasize the idea that this place is not just unreachable by land or sea, but also by the skies and the depths of the ocean. The repetition of the chorus highlights the central idea of the song- this utopia is a place where only the singer and their comrades know, away from the boundaries of modern-day industrialization. The verses combine with the chorus to create a sense of mystique and a desire to escape from the norms of society.


The bridge of "No Cars Go" depicts a sense of urgency to leave behind a dangerous situation. It reminds the listener that amidst the dreamy quality of the rest of the song, there is something to run from. The lyrics demand an orderly evacuation, prioritizing the safety of the most vulnerable people in society - women, children, and the elderly. In contrast to the rest of the song's dreamy escapism, the bridge brings us back to reality and provides a sense of urgency to the listener.


Line by Line Meaning

We know a place where no planes go
There's a place we know of that exists without any air traffic


We know a place where no ships go
There's a place we know of that exists without any water transportation


(Hey) No cars go
In this place, there are no automobiles


(Hey) No cars go
In this place, there are no automobiles


Where we know
We know this place, and it's real


We know a place no spaceships go
There's a place where no spacecraft can go


We know a place where no subs go
There's a place where no submarines can go


(Hey) No cars go
In this place, there are no automobiles


(Hey) No cars go
In this place, there are no automobiles


Where we know
We know this place, and it's real


(Hey)
We're excited about what we're talking about


(Hey)
We're excited about what we're talking about


(Go, go)
We want to go there so badly


(Hey) Us kids know
We, the younger generation, are the ones in the know about this magical place


(Hey) No cars go
In this place, there are no automobiles


Where we know
We know this place, and it's real


Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
This place feels like a dream that starts unexpectedly


Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
This place feels like a dream that starts unexpectedly


Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
This place feels like a dream that starts unexpectedly


Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
This place feels like a dream that starts unexpectedly


I don't want any pushing, and I don't want any shoving
We need to enter this place calmly


We're gonna do this in an orderly manner
Everyone has to stay organized and follow instructions


Women and children
We prioritize women and children for safety


Women and children
We prioritize women and children for safety


Women and children, let's go
We're going to let women and children go first


Old folks, let's go
We're going to let older people go next


Babies needing cribs, let's go
We're going to let parents with babies and cribs go next




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Regine Chassagne, Win Butler

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Comments from YouTube:

@KraYarK

Lakai Fully Flared, Mike Mo Capaldi part. 2007. Golden years of my life. This song brings all that good shit back.

@martini87c

Heard it while back… came back after watching Saltburn on Amazon today …amazing song ❤

@GodEmperor_

This and Ready To Start always make me feel like I'm in a movie.

@nesteaisnasty

came for those songs today after five years of not listening to this band. honestly top tier, they are timeless.

@heatherbrady5316

😊

@sijones501

This song would have m fit nicely in Donny Darko!

@superskateboardingentertai9228

Why Am I crying listening to this? Brings back Fully Flared and the times I was skating everyday dreaming of a life of pro skater. One day I was jumping down stairs and my knee buckled. Life has never been the same since that moment.

@jasonotto9126

Damn man I feel you there. Wasn't gonna be pro or anything but just having mad fun. Now years later and my body is broken and I'm struggling as a single dad. Great memories but always remember the good times!

@TheEdmonds55

@@jasonotto9126 your kid will do great things and it will be worth every second, keep grinding.

@jasonotto9126

@@TheEdmonds55 he already is mate. I'm putting the wheels back on soon I know I can't go hard but the freedom I'm God I miss that freedom. Thanks friend hope great things happen for you

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