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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  • +7
    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
  • +3
    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
  • +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 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 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
  • 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
  • 0
    General CommentGama - I think you just took the literal meaning of this song, which, no offence, does not make much sense. It could be about a father ignoring his daughter yet the boy notices her, and because he sees and acknowledges her, the father cant pretend to not for long. The guess is way out there, but it can work :P
    LuckCharmon February 21, 2005   Link

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