Deep in the past, far in the future time
Deep in the past, far in the future time
Just 'cause no one saw you, that don't mean it ain't a crime

They say they know me but they only know my name
They say they know me but they only know my name
They're through asking me questions, I ain't gonna learn to sing

If they want it they can take it, they don't need no reason why
If they want it they can take it, they don't need no reason why
The night they took you from me I saw the broken window and I cried

They bound my eyes and they bound my hands
They bound my eyes and they bound my hands
Where they're gonna take me now? No one understands

They say they know me but they only know my name
They say they know me but they only know my name
They're through asking me questions, I ain't gonna learn to sing

Lay their hands upon me now, it's midnight blue
Lay the hands upon me now, it's midnight blue
They didn't know me and they didn't know you, no, no

Now reduced to hide in the dark when they came for you

I gained the world but I lost your trust
I gained the world but I lost your trust
they throw their money at you, it ain't easy to adjust

Come out, and put your hands on your head
I said come out, and put your hands on your head
Come and join the rest of us, we are already dead

If they want it they can take it, they don't need no reason why
If they want it they can take it, they don't need no reason why
The night they took you from me I saw the broken window and I cried

Woe unto them if they touch a hair on your head
Woe unto them if they touch a hair on your head
You're gonna join the rest of us, we are already dead

They won the battle, but the war is through
They won the battle, but the war is through
They didn't know me and they didn't know you, no, no

Now reduced to knock in the dark when they came for you


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    General CommentWin being God.

    Freaks me out.

    I wonder where he gets his songs from? I wonder!!!

    The conflicting messages he gives, religiously, puzzle me, which makes me dislike him slightly. 'Singing hallelujiah with the fear in your heart', 'i care not if you kneel', and then a song like this....

    'They think they know me but they only know my name'.

    Is of course, God.

    Win. Ahh win. I think you have answers. I wish you'd be a little more forthwith.
    coldwindblowingon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song my be referencing towards the invisible children...maybe im way off?
    it just seems so much like it. these children in uganda are suffering every day because they are being abducted by an army in which will either force them into sex slavery, be taken and brainwashed to be apart of what they call the LRA (Lord Resistance Army), or just to kill them. i think there are numerous references to this...
    "Deep in the past, far in the future time"
    --not only could this possibly mean the detrimental long term affects of these children but it could also be in reference to the war. it started in the early 80s and to this day there is no end.

    "They say they know me but they only know my name
    They're through asking me questions, I ain't gonna learn to sing"
    --possibly could be in reference to the brainwashing that takes place

    "If they want it they can take it, they don't need no reason why"
    --it could mean the childs life?

    "They bound my eyes and they bound my hands
    Where they're gonna take me now? No one understands"
    --obviously abduction. i think the "no one understands" could be referencing to the young and innocent minds that are incapable of understanding what is happening.

    "Lay the hands upon me now, it's midnight blue
    They didn't know me and they didn't know you, no, no"
    --possibly referencing towards the sex slavery because it kind of seems like its an invasion of personal space. it could possibly be about the abuse they may undergo from the LRA as well.

    "Now reduced to hide in the dark when they came for you"
    --this is a fairly common fact about the invisible children, every night they have to travel miles to hide away from the LRA.

    other possible references:

    "Woe unto them if they touch a hair on your head"


    i dont mean to make it political, its just it reminded me so much of it.
    maybe im being too specific, it could be just referring to abduction and/or sex slavery in general.


    DonnntBeACoconuton May 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAMAZING Arcade Fire song...seriously
    cichon123on May 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis really is an amazing song - I was so excited when they released a single so I could hear the B sides, and this is just awesome. Proper haunting
    telecasterthommyon May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing b-side! It's beautifully emotional and is better than a lot on the lp
    Reddiffson November 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentlove the build around the 3 minute mark.
    nicexdreamon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs "broken window" a reference to the "parable of the broken window" by Frédéric Bastiat? It seems to me that the song has depth if you interpret it this way.
    TAsunderon February 24, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDon't sell your soul, please.
    This song couldn't even make it on the album due to its message. Wake up.
    erick10926on April 23, 2017   Link

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