Ready to Start

Today, we are continuing with Arcade Fire’s album, The Suburbs. (By the way, we won’t get to all the tracks, as there are 16 songs on the album!)

The second song on the album is “Ready to Start.” It was, rather appropriately, the song their The Suburbs concert began with. It’s a great opening song for a show and they played it with such enthusiasm and vigour.

It contains some of their trademark anti-establishment chants. Arcade Fire are known for their subtle activism; they call out, usually through parody (like with the album Everything Now) the pitfalls of excessive consumer culture.

“If the businessmen drink my blood
Like the kids in art school said they would
Then I guess I’ll just begin again
You say, “can we still be friends? “

If I was scared… I would
And if I was bored… you know I would
And if I was yours… but I’m not

All the kids have always known
That the emperor wears no clothes
But they bow down to him anyway
‘Cause it’s better than being alone”

(from “Ready to Start,” by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler, Jeremy Gara, Tim Kingsbury, Richard Parry)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

This is the official audio for the song from Arcade Fire’s YouTube channel. Please remember to click on “thumbs-up” on the video if you appreciated the artists’ work.

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