Reflektor
Arcade Fire Lyrics


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Trapped in a prism, in a prism of light
Alone in the darkness, darkness of white
We fell in love, alone on a stage
In the reflective age

Entre la nuit, la nuit et l'aurore
Entre les royaumes, des vivants et des morts
If this is heaven
I don't know what it's for
If I can't find you there
I don't care

I thought, I found a way to enter
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
I thought, I found the connector
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

Now, the signals we send, are deflected again
We're still connected, but are we even friends?
We fell in love when I was nineteen
And I was staring at a screen

Entre la nuit, la nuit et l'aurore
Entre les voyants, les vivants et les morts
If this is heaven
I need something more
Just a place to be alone
'Cause you're my home

I thought, I found a way to enter
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
I thought, I found the connector
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor) Just a reflektor

It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

reflektor (Just a reflektor)
(Just a reflektor) just a reflektor
(Just a reflektor) just a reflektor (reflektor)
(Just a reflektor)
(Just a reflektor)
(Just a reflektor, just a reflektor)
(Just a reflektor, just a reflektor)

Just a reflection, of a reflection
Of a reflection, of a reflection, of a reflection
Will I see you on the other side? (Just a reflektor)
We all got things to hide (Just a reflektor)
It's just a reflection of a reflection
Of a reflection, of a reflection, of a reflection
Will I see you on the other side? (Just a reflektor)
We all got things to hide (Just a reflektor)

Alright, let's go back
Our song escapes, on little silver discs
Our love is plastic, we'll break it to bits
I want to break free, but will they break me?
Down, down, down, don't mess around

I thought, I found a way to enter
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
I thought, I found the connector
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

It's just a reflektor

It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)

Thought you would bring me to the resurrector
Turns out it was just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
Thought you would bring to me the resurrector
Turns out it was just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
Thought you would bring to me the resurrector
Turns out you were just a reflektor
It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
(It's just a reflektor) Just a reflektor

Just a reflektor
Just a reflektor
Just a reflektor
Will I see you on the other side?
It's just a reflektor
Will I see you on the other side? (reflektor)
We all got things to hide (reflektor)




Just a reflektor
Will I see you on the other side?

Overall Meaning

Reflektor by Arcade Fire is a song that explores the human condition and the way in which we interact with technology. The lyrics describe feeling trapped in a prism of light, alone in the darkness, as if everything is just a reflection of something else. The reflective age is presented as a time when we are connected to each other, but only through screens and devices, and often deflected by them. The chorus repeats the phrase "It's just a reflektor" several times, as if to say that, despite our attempts to connect with others, in the end, it's all just a reflection, without any real substance.


The song references a range of ideas related to religion and spirituality. From the opening lines of "Trapped in a prism, in a prism of light, Alone in the darkness, darkness of white," the lyrics speak of the dichotomy between light and darkness and the idea of heaven as a place of reflection, questioning what the purpose of such a place could be. Later, the line "Thought you would bring me to the resurrector" taps into the Christian tradition of the resurrection, suggesting that the hope of resurrection is just as much a reflection as anything else in our world.


Line by Line Meaning

Trapped in a prism, in a prism of light
Feeling stuck in a situation that distorts reality and makes it hard to see things clearly.


Alone in the darkness, darkness of white
Feeling isolated and disconnected in a world that seems bright and superficial on the surface.


We fell in love, alone on a stage
We connected deeply with each other despite feeling separated and distant from the world around us.


In the reflective age
In a society that is obsessed with projecting and reflecting images of ourselves and our lives.


Entre la nuit, la nuit et l'aurore
Between night, and dawn - a liminal space between darkness and light, where anything seems possible.


Entre les royaumes, des vivants et des morts
Between the realms of the living and the dead - a space of ambiguity and uncertainty.


If this is heaven
If this is the ideal or perfect state of being.


I don't know what it's for
I don't understand its purpose or meaning.


If I can't find you there
If I can't connect with you in this ideal state of being.


I don't care
I don't value or desire that state of being without you.


I thought, I found a way to enter
I believed I had discovered a path to connect with you and attain this ideal state of being.


It's just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
It's just a superficial image or reflection that doesn't lead to a true connection.


Now, the signals we send, are deflected again
Our attempts to communicate and connect with each other are being redirected and distorted by outside forces.


We're still connected, but are we even friends?
We may still be in each other's lives, but our connection may be superficial and lacking in depth.


We fell in love when I was nineteen
We formed a deep connection and relationship at a young age.


And I was staring at a screen
In a society that values screens and technology over real human connection.


If this is heaven
If this ideal state of being is truly what we want and desire.


I need something more
I need a deeper and more meaningful connection with you in this state of being.


Just a place to be alone
A space where we can be truly ourselves and connect without outside interference or distraction.


'Cause you're my home
Because our connection feels like home to me.


Thought you would bring me to the resurrector
I believed that our connection would lead to some kind of spiritual or redemptive transformation.


Turns out it was just a reflektor (It's just a reflektor)
But in reality, our connection was just a superficial reflection of something deeper and more meaningful.


Our song escapes, on little silver discs
Our connection and expression of love is captured on small, physical objects like CDs or records.


Our love is plastic, we'll break it to bits
Our love feels artificial and fragile, and we may end up destroying it ourselves.


I want to break free, but will they break me?
I desire to escape from the superficial and restrictive society around me, but fear that it may harm me in the process.


Down, down, down, don't mess around
A warning to avoid getting caught up in the superficial and superficiality of society.




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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It's March 2024, and my wife just walked in and announced, "I've just discovered Arcade Fire!" Came to YT hoping to find a comment like this to post too.

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@stickycherry96

4:54 I always get chills with the voice of David Bowie in that magical moment of the song. Rest In Peace. 🤍

@cgrim1584

Me, too. I just got it in my head listening to Ziggy Stardust and had to hear him in this song. I feel like he is pushing through the veil.

@kittyglitter8186

This song has a total Bowie vibe!

@AlGuien82

considering the message of the song and how DB died shortly after this, it's rather eerie and meta

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