"No Cars Go" as written by Win Butler and Regine Chassagne....
(Hey!)
(Hey!)

We know a place where no planes go
We know a place where no ships go

(Hey!) No cars go
(Hey!) No cars go
Where we know

We know a place no space ships go
We know a place where no subs go

(Hey!) No cars go
(Hey!) No cars go
Where we know

(Hey!)
(Hey!)
(Cars go!)

(Hey!) Us kids know
(Hey!) No cars go
Where we know

Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream
Between the click of the light and the start of the dream

Little babies, let's go!
Women and children, let's go!
Old folks, let's go!
Don't know where we're going


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"No Cars Go" as written by Win Butler Regine Chassagne

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  • +6
    General CommentWhen I die, I think this will be the last song I hear as I leave my body, and go where No Cars Go.
    lunchboxturtleon January 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"Between the click of the light and the start of the dream."

    When your perception is taken away, when your senses are stripped away. Nothing else remains. Nothing can take you there. If something, it is like a dream.

    I don't really think it is about death. It is about non-existence. Children still remember what it is like not to exist.

    Apart from this i agree with on's description.

    I love the way they make "no cars go" sound like "no control". Didn't explore that, but it sounds great.
    fullmooninuon June 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Between the click of the light and the start of the dream"

    It's the dark, blank space that he gets to exist in before he's taken away by his dreams. I always figured the part of the end was a nightmare he had or something similar.
    PittsColt45on April 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Between the click of the light and the start of the dream" is where no cars go.
    yossarianliveson April 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that RobertTheNaugle is right in saying that the song is somewhat about this wonderful imagination that kids have an inevitably loose someday when faced with harsh realities of life (like making decisions about who is to come first on a life boat). I think the talking underneath is also kinda questioning why we generalise who should be saved by age and sex, Radiohead mentions it in "Idioteque" but i don't know,they probably have some insanely profound reason behind it because they're fucking geniouses.
    no_quarter51on November 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree with Banjo-Fella. I like to think that this song isn't about death, but its about ending your hectic, crazy day and finding a place where you're all yourself and you're there with your thoughts and the people you love in your mind. it's almost like, no matter what anxiety is being presented in your life "between the click of the light and the start of the dream" nothing can enter or disturb you. no cars, no airplanes...its just you.
    camkid2on March 13, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI read in Rolling Stone that they intended this song to be a teenager's depiction of a utopian place where, of course, "no cars go." "Between the click of the light and the start of a dream" could be the location of such a utopian place - not in reality, but in imagination. Just like what everyone else said, basically.
    blank_distortionon April 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEveryone here mustn't have spent too much time in school. Your guesses as to the meanings of the song are very far-fetched in light of the true meaning. It's about the closing of a General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ontario, and the disastrous effects the closing had on the city (think of Flint, Michigan). The "click of the light" is the final switching off of the lights in the plant on the workers' last day; and the "start of the dream" is everyone wondering what they're going to do next. It's from the perspective of the children of the workers.
    mudderyon May 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit reminds me of titanic
    stereocaseon October 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've started to interpret this as that moment when you are about to go to sleep with the person you love, and it fels like just you two in the world, you feel safe and so happy, nothing can rach you, no cars or ships or planes or subs.
    Jamieeheartsplasticon February 19, 2009   Link

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