Porno
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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You take the makeup
Off your eyes
I've got to see you
Hear your sacred sighs

Before the break up
Comes the silence
I'm talking to you
You say you're over it
But I know

I thought I knew you
You thought you knew me
But now that you do
It's not so easy now
That I know

You can cry, I won't go
You can scream I won't go
Every man that you know
Would have run at the word go
Little boys with their porno
Oh, I know they hurt you so
They don't know that we know
Never know what we know

And all your makeup
Just take it all off
I've got to find you
Before the line is lost

I know I hurt you
I won't deny it
When I reach for you
You say, I'm over it
But I know

You can cry I won't go
You can scream, I won't go
Every man that you know
Would have run at the word go
Little boys with their porno
Oh, I know they hurt you so
If I don't know what I know
It can be so little that we know

But the cup it overflows
Little boys with their porno
But this is their world
Where can we go?

Makes me feel like something's wrong with me
Makes me feel like something's wrong with me
Can you see me?

You can cry I won't go
You can scream, I won't go
Little boys with their porno
Little boys with their porno
Makes me feel like something's wrong
It's the only world we know

Yeah, something's wrong
Little boys with their porno

And boys they learn
Some selfish shit
Until the girl
Won't put up with it

On and on and on we go
I just have to know
I'm not over it
I'm not over it

You say love is real
Like a disease
Come on tell me please
I'm not over it
I'm not over it





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Overall Meaning

The song "Porno" by Arcade Fire is a heartbreaking ballad about a failed relationship and the lingering pain that the two ex-lovers still feel for each other. The first verse speaks to the intimacy between two people in a relationship, with the singer insisting on removing the makeup from his partner's eyes so he can see her true emotions. However, the relationship has already been fractured by a break-up, and the ensuing silence has left them struggling to communicate. The chorus repeats the line that every man the singer's partner has known would have left her by now, highlighting the profound hurt she has experienced at the hands of past lovers. The second verse reveals that the two ex-lovers are both grappling with their own pain and regret. The singer confesses that he knows he hurt his partner but cannot deny his feelings for her, while she insists that she is "over it" but seems to be clinging to hope.


The chorus repeats, emphasizing the theme of male selfishness and the hurt it can cause. The bridge brings in a more universal message about the difficulties of love and the things people learn as they grow up. Finally, the last verse is a plea from the singer to his partner to tell him that there is still hope for their relationship. The song ends on a poignant note, with the singer acknowledging that he is not over their break-up and doesn't know if he ever will be.


Line by Line Meaning

You take the makeup
The facade of makeup obscures the real you


Off your eyes
You're showing your true self


I've got to see you
I need to connect with the real you


Hear your sacred sighs
I want to listen to your innermost feelings


Before the break up
Let's try to heal our relationship before it's too late


Comes the silence
When communication breaks down, silence is all that remains


I'm talking to you
I'm trying to engage with you, but it's not easy


You say you're over it
You claim to have moved on from our past problems


But I know
I sense that it's not true


I thought I knew you
I used to feel like I understood you


You thought you knew me
You probably thought the same about me


But now that you do
Our current relationship is more complex and uncertain


It's not so easy now
We can't just assume we know what's going on


That I know
I have some insight into our situation


You can cry, I won't go
I won't leave you when things get emotional


You can scream I won't go
I won't back away when you express your anger


Every man that you know
Other men might not be as committed as I am


Would have run at the word go
They would have given up right away


Little boys with their porno
Immature men who objectify women


Oh, I know they hurt you so
I understand that they've caused you pain


They don't know that we know
They're unaware of our perspective


Never know what we know
They can't comprehend our deeper understanding


And all your makeup
The superficial mask you wear


Just take it all off
Let's shed our fake identities and be honest


I've got to find you
I need to rediscover the real you


Before the line is lost
We're at risk of losing our connection completely


I know I hurt you
I acknowledge that I've caused you pain


I won't deny it
I'm not trying to avoid responsibility


When I reach for you
When I try to bridge the divide between us


You say, I'm over it
You're resistant to the idea of reconciliation


But I know
I sense that you're holding back


But the cup it overflows
Our problems have reached a critical point


But this is their world
Our cultural norms influence this dysfunctional dynamic


Where can we go?
Is there any hope for us in this broken system?


Makes me feel like something's wrong with me
I feel inadequate and helpless


Can you see me?
Do you really understand what I'm going through?


And boys they learn
Males are taught from an early age


Some selfish shit
To prioritize their own interests over others


Until the girl
Women often bear the brunt of this callous behavior


Won't put up with it
Hopefully, women stand up for themselves and refuse to accept this mistreatment


On and on and on we go
We keep repeating the same negative patterns


I just have to know
I need clarity and understanding


Wait
Let's take a moment to slow down and reflect


You say love is real
You still believe in the power of love


Like a disease
A force that can be both healing and destructive


Come on tell me please
I need to know your true feelings


It's the only world we know
Despite the flaws, we have to navigate this imperfect world




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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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@alfredoarenas

You take the makeup off your eyes
I've got to see you, hear your sacred sighs

Before the break up, comes the silence
I'm talking to you, you say you're over it
But I know...

I thought I knew you
You thought you knew me
But now that you do
It's not so easy now
That I know

You can cry, I won't go
You can scream I won't go
Every man that you know
Would have run at the word go
Little boys with their porno
Oh, I know they hurt you so
They don't know that we know
Never know what we know

And all your makeup, just take it all off
I've got to find you
Before the line is lost

I know I hurt you, I won't deny it
When I reach for you, you say "I'm over it"
But I know...

You can cry I won't go
You can scream, I won't go
Every man that you know
Would have run at the word go
Little boys with their porno
Oh, I know they hurt you so
If I don't know what I know
It can be so little that we know

But the cup it overflows
Little boys with their porno
But this is their world, where can we go?

Makes me feel like something's wrong with me
Makes me feel like something's wrong with me
Can you see me?

You can cry I won't go
You can scream, I won't go
Little boys with their porno
Little boys with their porno
Makes me feel like something's wrong
It's the only world we know

Yeah, something's wrong
Little boys with their porno

And boys they learn some selfish shit
Until the girl won't put up with it

On and on and on we go
I just have to know...
I'm not over it
I'm not over it

You say love is real
Like a disease
Come on tell me please
I'm not over it
I'm not over it

Wait...



@Rrodfer

Tire a maquiagem
Dos seus olhos
Eu preciso ver você
Ouvir seus suspiros sagrados
Antes da separação
Vem o silêncio
Eu estou falando com você
Você diz que já superou isso
Mas eu sei

Eu pensei que conhecia você
Você pensou que me conhecia
Mas agora que você conhece
Não é tão fácil, agora
Isso eu sei

Você pode chorar, eu não vou partir
Você pode gritar, eu não vou partir
Todo homem que você conhece
Teria ido embora quando você disse: vá
Garotos com seus pornôs
Oh, eu sei como eles te machucaram
Eles não sabem do que nós sabemos
Nunca saberão do que nós sabemos

E toda a sua maquiagem
Apenas tire-a
Eu tenho que encontrar você
Antes que a conexão seja perdida
Eu sei que eu te machuquei
Eu não vou negar
Quando eu tento alcançar você
Você diz: eu superei isso
Mas eu sei

Você pode chorar, eu não vou partir
Você pode gritar, eu não vou partir
Todo homem que você conhece
Teria ido embora quando você disse: vá
Garotos com seus pornôs
Oh, eu sei como eles te machucaram
Eles não sabem do que eu sei
É tão pouco o que nós sabemos
Mas o copo transborda
Garotos com seus pornôs
Mas este é o mundo deles, para onde podemos ir?

Me faz sentir como se algo estivesse errado comigo
Me faz sentir como se algo estivesse errado comigo
Você pode me ver?

Você pode chorar, eu não vou
Você pode gritar, eu não vou
Garotinhos com seus pornôs
Garotinhos com seus pornôs
Me faz sentir como se algo estivesse errado
Este é o único mundo que conhecemos
Sim, algo está errado
Garotinhos com seus pornôs

E os garotos ficam aprendendo
Um monte de merda egoísta
Até que a garota
Não aceite mais
Em frente, em frente, em frente seguimos
Eu só tenho que saber
Eu não superei
Eu não superei
Você diz que o amor é real
Como uma doença
Vamos, diga-me por favor
Eu não superei isso



All comments from YouTube:

@eu_o_andy

I used to listen this song so much in high school, I used to sit on the floor during the break and just get a bit of sun in my face, I miss those days, high school was complicated but it was a really nice period of my life

@Morjesta

It may sound cliche how a song can define a stage in your life. But i totally get you. 😊

@hellow-izz3233

Je suis actuellement au lycée et je fais comme toi :)

@tobyjackman3212

Nostalgia for a song that can't be a decade old...
Christ that makes me feel ancient 🤦🏼‍♀️

@stephencarlson6028

See again this album brings in memories tough.

@stuntmanmike6406

now that you are older, just don't listen to the music, but try and hear the lyrics

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@laurena4000

The emotion in his voice is palpable. He’s so good at expressing his feelings through his voice.

@twinwoodsman

One of my favourite tracks from reflektor

@TroysPepperstick

You can be my best friend

@julianmx13

This song never gets old

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