"Vampire/Forest Fire" as written by Win Butler and Regine Chassagne....
You wanna be set apart? Burn all of your art repair the wasteful part
I'm a vampire in a forest fire
Hey! we all gotta keep warm
Hey we all gotta keep warm, driving towards the storm

Your father was a pervert
Face down in the dirt
He taught you how to hurt
My father was a miner who lived in the suburbs
Let's live in the suburbs
If I let where I'm from burn I can never return!

My brother reads you and me his new poetry
How embarrassing
Your sister pours the gasoline
I'll fix your meals
I'll fix your meals, while your burns heal!

Find a house you don't have to rebuild
Stone by stone, brick by brick, nail by nail my father never meant to leave me this
Let this love last
I drive too fast
Said I'd return if I'd ever cared
But there's no interstate I find to take me there


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"Vampire/Forest Fire" as written by Win Butler Regine Chassagne

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    General CommentUuuuuuggghhh. Those last few minutes are TOO incredibly gorgeous.
    Laurenneon October 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLost prophets digging in the flirting sands for the one that got away. Oh god, it is just like the first time I discovered loss...
    blood_victoron June 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh my god, the Arcade Fire is probably my favorite band, and this song just takes the goddamn cake. The lyrics are soooooo beautiful. CONFRONT YOUR PAST.

    and the end is the most beautiful sounds ever made by a guitar.
    candycoloredclownon October 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentomg i love thbis song so much esspecially the ending its so awwesome and i jsut cant belive how good tgheya re i dont think ireally know what tis about but soemthiung bout the past seems about right like recalling things that happened and trying to move on
    toitdudeon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeing a vampire in a forestfire couldn't be a good thing. Although I can't say I fully understand that metaphor, I think I get what it's trying to get at.
    Qjasoon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentok, I maybe completely wrong but don't vampires live in forests? so maybe its something along the lines of the persons home is being burned down/destroyed. or maybe he's a vampire in the forest and he's trying to run away from the flames before they overcome him I DON'T KNOW. those are just some impressions that I got
    brokenspoonson November 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentand could someone please explain how confronting your past and loss tie into this song?
    brokenspoonson November 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THE LAST VERSE. find a house you don't have to rebuild. it's seems that all arcade fire music is about growing up and a loss of innocence. he's singing about how she wants to burn everything about her past (her sister is somehow catalysing this "your sister pours the gasoline") and he thinks "if I let where I'm from burn I can never return". however he seems to understand where she's coming from- she's had a harsh past and he'll take care of her and let her use his past (house) but confronting the past will never be easy "there's no interstate to take me there". the song uses clear and familiar symbolism- perhaps cause the win's brother has a degree in poetry?
    no_quarter51on November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentToo brokenspoons,

    Vampires don't live in the forest. They live in Castles. Grant it, the castle could be in the forest, but for the sake of the arguement, this one doesn't. They were created in old times when most people couldn't afford to eat well, and they can. Jealousy blah, blah, they whole "blood sucking" thing comes from how Counts and Dukes suck the life out of people. I'm not entirely sure, but it is deffinately something along those lines. I don't remember what my teacher said exactly.

    Anyway, this song is deffinately about confronting your past, or at least, I can really see it being like that.
    "Your father was a pervert
    Face down in the dirt
    He taught you how to hurt"

    I get impression that she was abused. Sexually, physically, and emotionally.

    "Your sister pours the gasoline
    I'll fix your meals
    while your burns heal!"

    [The person he's singing about]'s sister was obviously abused as well. Pouring the gasoline means getting ready to destroy your past, forget about it and to never look back.

    "If I let where I'm from burn I can never return!"
    He confronted the problem of the past instead of running away from it, I guess. I'm not entirely sure about it. But I think it's something like that.

    I hope that makes sense, and you can see how it ties into Confronting your past.
    cold_feverson December 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song reminds me of edie sedgwick and andy warhol:

    1) andy's nickname was drella because he felt like a mix of cinderella and dracula (
    capthon January 29, 2007   Link

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