Normal Person
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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Do you like rock and roll music?
'Cause I don't know if I do

Is anything as strange as a normal person?
Is anyone as cruel as a normal person?
Waiting after school for you
They want to know if you
If you're normal too
Well, are you?
Are you?

I'm so confused, am I a normal person?
You know, I can't tell if I'm a normal person, it's true
I think I'm cool enough, but am I cruel enough?
Am I cruel enough, for you?

Girl break you down
Till everything is normal now, I know
And they will break down
Till everything is normal now, I know

They take their tea at two
All the normal people, they do
They burn the jungle down
While they were sleeping, it grew
You dream in English now
In proper English, look how
You're just the same as me
It's through

And they will break you down
Till everything is normal now, I know
And they will break down
Till everyone is normal now, I know
If that's what's normal now
I don't want to know
If that's what's normal now
Mama don't make me go

When they get excited, they try to hide it
Look at those normals go
When they get excited, they try to hide it
Look at those normals go
When they get excited, they try to hide it
Look at those normals go
When they get excited, they try to hide it, no!

And they will break you down
Till everything is normal now, I know
And they will break down
Till everything is normal now, I know

If that's what's normal now
I don't want to know
If that's what's normal now

Maybe if you hang together
You can make the changes in our hearts
And if you hang together
You can change us, just where should you start?

I've never really ever met a normal person
I've never really ever met a normal person
I've never really ever met a normal person
I've never really ever met a normal person like you!





How do you do
Thank you

Overall Meaning

In "Normal Person," Arcade Fire takes a critical look at the concept of normalcy and what it means to be a regular person. The song begins with a question: "Do you like rock and roll music? 'Cause I don't know if I do." This line is a nod to the band's own music style and suggests that the singer is unsure if they fit into the traditional mold of a rock musician. The lyrics then pivot to examine society's obsession with being normal and the pressure to conform.


The chorus asks several questions that highlight the cruelty of "normal" people: "Is anything as strange as a normal person? Is anyone as cruel as a normal person?" The verses describe the mundane routines of normal people, from taking tea at two to burning down the jungle while sleeping. The bridge encourages listeners to reject the pressure to be normal and suggests that sticking together can bring about change.


Overall, "Normal Person" is a critique of societal norms and the pressure to conform. It suggests that there is something strange and perhaps even cruel about "normal" behavior and encourages listeners to reject these standards.


Line by Line Meaning

Do you like rock and roll music?
I'm not sure if I like rock and roll music, do you?


'Cause I don't know if I do
I'm not sure if I like it or not


Is anything as strange as a normal person?
Are normal people as odd as they seem?


Is anyone as cruel as a normal person?
Is anyone as mean as a person who is considered normal?


Waiting after school for you
I'm waiting for you after school


They want to know if you
People want to know if you


If you're normal too
If you are also a normal person


Well, are you?
So, are you?


I'm so confused, am I a normal person?
I'm not sure if I'm a normal person or not


You know, I can't tell if I'm a normal person, it's true
I really can't figure out if I'm normal or not


I think I'm cool enough, but am I cruel enough?
I think I'm alright, but am I mean enough?


Am I cruel enough, for you?
Am I mean enough to be like you?


Girl break you down
A girl can break you down


Till everything is normal now, I know
Until everything feels normal and regular


And they will break down
And they will break you down


Till everything is normal now, I know
Until everything feels normal and regular


They take their tea at two
Normal people drink tea at two


All the normal people, they do
People who are normal do this


They burn the jungle down
Normal people are destructive and don't realize the consequences


While they were sleeping, it grew
While they were ignorant and inactive, the problem grew


You dream in English now
You dream in proper English now


In proper English, look how
You are now speaking grammatically correct English


You're just the same as me
You and I are the same


It's through
It's clear


If that's what's normal now
If that's what everyone thinks is normal


I don't want to know
I don't want to be a part of that


Mama don't make me go
Mother, don't force me to be around those people


When they get excited, they try to hide it
Normal people try to hide their excitement


Look at those normals go
See how the normal people behave


When they get excited, they try to hide it, no!
They really try hard to suppress it, don't they?


Maybe if you hang together
Maybe if everyone works together


You can make the changes in our hearts
Changes can be made in our hearts


And if you hang together
If you all work together


You can change us, just where should you start?
You can change us, where should you begin?


I've never really ever met a normal person
I've never truly met someone who is normal


I've never really ever met a normal person
I've never really met a normal person


I've never really ever met a normal person
It's difficult to find a truly normal person


I've never really ever met a normal person like you!
I've never met someone as normal as you!


How do you do
How are you?


Thank you
Thank you




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:

@cara1111

I remember when this album came out a lot of "critics" gave their thumbs down to it. The thing is that Arcade Fire makes music and art that has an amazing re-listening factor. The more you listen to their songs the better they get, the more vibrant, colorful and rich they get. This makes them misunderstood by critics for sure, but also that makes them timeless and unique too.

@joseranth00

I’m an AF fan and this album did not resonate with me much until recently. Ahead of its time for me at least.

@MacronCPP

To be honest, even though I love Neon Bible or Everything Now, Reflektor for me seems... kinda bloated. A lot of the album could get a minute shorter without any losses in content and at the same time, the repetition doesn't really add anything more for interpretation. I still love sounds (the chorus in this song is so awesome!), but I don't find whole songs great just because of it.

@theothertonydutch

@Bułke I feel the album is conceptually great but I only really love Afterlife. I find the whole album hard to listen to in one go.

@ilikeolivesifyoucouldnttel805

How in the world does this song get criticism for being AF's worst??! It's amazing! And that chorus music.. oh my word. The ending too, jeez. INCREDIBLE

@embula2880

this song is literally a part of me now. a piece of my soul is in it, like a horcrux...

@YLSugarman

LOVE this song!

@harolmarticorenatenicela3883

Arcade fire you transmit feelings, Personally all time when I listen this song I imagine myself in way to the beach looking all the panorama !!!

@TobiasMehler

Arcade Fire is timelessly now as usual.

@beefycat9513

love it

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