"Une Annee Sans Lumiere" as written by and Richard R Parry Regine Chassagne....
Hey! The streetlights all burnt out.
Une annee sans lumieres.
Je monte un cheval,
Qui porte des oeilleres.

Hey, my eyes are shooting sparks,
La nuit, mes yeux t'eclairent.
Ne dis pas a ton pere
Qu'il porte des oeillieres.

Hey, your old man should know,
If you see a shadow,
There's something there.

So hey! my eyes are shooting sparks,
La nuit mes yeux t'eclairent,
Ne dis pas a ton pere
Qu'il porte des oeillieres.

Hey, your old man should know,
If you see a shadow,
There's something there.


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"Une Année Sans Lumière" as written by Richard R Parry Regine Chassagne

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  • +11
    General CommentHello guys

    I'm french so I can help for the translation. I've seen that many of you have given a translation, so I'll take the one of lady rataxes, and correct it a bit. Actually, when talking about a human being, "avoir des oeillières" means "to be stubborn, not considering things objectively".

    Hey! the streetlights all burnt out
    A year without light
    I mount a horse that is wearing blinders

    Hey, my eyes are shooting sparks
    At night, my eyes light you up
    Don’t tell your father
    He's stubborn

    Hey your old man should know
    If you see a shadow
    There’s something there

    So hey, my eyes are shooting sparks
    At night, my eyes light you up
    Don’t tell your father
    He's stubborn

    Hey, your old man should know
    If you see a shadow
    There's something there
    jgton January 10, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think the lights all went out because someone close to them died, the shooting sparks in the eyes of the narrator are his being alive in the darkness that follows the death of a loved one. The narrator seems to be saying the shadows, the things their eyes alight on in the dark are real. Perhaps the shadows of the departed are there hidden in the dark, catching the eyes, the sparks of life left behind in the people he or she loved.
    J. Jasperson February 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"la nuit, mes yeux t’éclairent" means "at night, my eyes light your way"

    and the8es has the right definition for "oeillères", they're called blinders in North America, but are sometimes called blinkers in British English

    i have a very different interpretation of this song than anyone else has offered, though.
    i think its a cheeky, coy sort of allusion to a young couple "sneaking" around behind their parents' backs. the streetlights all burnt out, like they couldn't see anybody or anything else besides each other, but they weren't letting anybody else in on their secret, especially her father, an opressive force. But it seems kind of cheeky, like "don't tell your father that he's clueless (blinders), he should see the clues (shadow)" To me, this song is a beautiful, coy ode to young, and passionate love
    punkrockisfreedomon June 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, I think I have a translation of the French. Note that the above lyrics are slightly mistyped; check your CD booklet (or the band's website) for the right ones.

    "A year without lights. I ride a horse who wears blinders"
    and
    "The night, my eyes alight you. Don't tell your father that he wears blinders"
    avuncularon October 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a lovely song. I just take it to mean, the boy's eyes are making all this light and commotion and it's casting shadows of the girl. The dad won't acknowledge them, he's just pretending it doesn't exist, that it means as little to him as it does to the horse. But the shadow is proof that the light is real, and he can't ignore that for long!
    Gamaon December 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthanks ellie for that translation!

    and like everyone said, it's obviously about this guy noticing a young woman that went unnoticed by her own father.
    that_guatemalan_guyon October 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI completely agree with J Jaspers - this song played at a friend's memorial service. "My eyes are shooting sparks" refers to his search for the spirit of a passed loved one. "If you see a shadow, there's something there." The father can't see it, most people can't see it - most people are wearing blinders (also possibly a reference to being blinded by grief). The pain of the death is the year without light. This is, afterall, on an album called Funeral. I can't remember the interview - I'm sure it's on Wikipedia or somewhere, though - but Arcade Fire specifically said this song was written after several of the band members' relatives died during the makings of the album.

    However - it really is all subjective, isn't it?

    Beautiful, chilling song.
    walkingonsunshineon June 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's a message from death itself. She rides a horse that wears blinders, meaning she arrives directly where she needs to. Nothing's going to stop her. Her eyes are shooting sparks, and in the obscurity of life, she's the only one who can make us see things with more clarity (if we are conscious about her). Not telling her father about her, because he's focused in his things is like a sinister wink from death... even if she says this, she reminds us: she lies in the shadows, she waits for everyone of us, "there's something there".

    And to end the lyrics, in french: Dis qui tu es. Come on Baby, qui tu es!
    It means: say who you are, come on baby, who are you?

    The mystery of life and death.

    Lovely song.
    lia88on October 25, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfixed :)
    drinkmilkon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe intense ending of the song - what are those lyrics?? I can't make out what he is singing.
    aniseon October 18, 2004   Link

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