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Children, Wake Up: Arcade Fire’s Funeral at 10

on September 15, 2014, 12:00am
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“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”

“As the day grows dim/ I hear you sing a golden hymn/ The song I’ve been trying to sing.”

That timelessness emerges as soon as Butler sings of a mythic, golden hymn in “Neighborhood #1”. While Funeral rang true immediately as a sort of mythically ever-present truth, this hymn is something that’s been inside him all along, a song he’s been trying to call into existence. The song he hears in the lyrics is alchemical, a tune sung to combat the encroaching darkness of night, changing the simple lead inside his head into gold. From the start, Funeral had that same function: a shining beacon that was inside each listener all along, unlocked and activated in order to find beauty and light even in dark days. –Adam Kivel

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