Wake Up

by Arcade Fire

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Lyrics for Wake Up by Arcade Fire:

Verse 1
Something filled up
My heart with nothing
Someone told me not to cry

But now that I'm older
My heart's colder
And I can see that it's a lie

Verse 2
Children, wake up
Hold your mistake up
Before they turn the summer into dust

If the children don't grow up
Our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up
We're just a million little gods causing rain storms
Turning every good thing to rust
I guess we'll just have to adjust

Outro
With my lightning bolts a-glowing
I can see where I am going to be
When the reaper he reaches and touches my hand

With my lightning bolts a-glowing
I can see where I am going
With my lightning bolts a-glowing
I can see where I am go-going

You better look out below!

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Song Facts

Here we are, then: the gleaming jewel in Arcade Fire’s crown. Few bands in 2005 have proved quite so emotionally affecting as this Montreal-based orchestral rock septet, perhaps because no band has sounded quite so emotionally affected. You see, Arcade Fire deal with The Big Questions. Life. Death. Funeral arrangements. Violin tunings. And on ‘Wake Up’, they channel these questions into a rock symphony – yes, we said ‘symphony’ – that’s simultaneously sonically adventurous, emotionally harrowing and filled with real humanity.

Now, sure, LOTS OF BANDS have sounded this emotionally affected. Keep in mind, by 2005 we were at peak Emo. Sunny Day Real Estate and emotional hardcore was long forgotten. Bright Eyes were past their prime and kind of a joke. Sun Kil Moon was fizzling out into indie obscurity. Wilco had just released A Ghost is Born. But what makes this song and Arcade Fire fresh is how they channel that energy into a positive and constructive direction without sounding trite or corny. And that is what gives this song its staying power.

This song, in fact, is so powerful that attracted the attention of quite a few famous musicians shortly after its release – U2 played “Wake Up” over the stadium loudspeakers to open concerts during their 2005 Vertigo tour and David Bowie covered it with Arcade Fire at Fashion Rocks the same year.

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