"My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire cover)" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Tim Kingsbury, Richard R Parry, William Butler and Jeremy Gara....
My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a

My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
That don't mean you're forgiven

I'm living in an age
That screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free


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"My Body is a Cage" as written by Regine Chassagne Jeremy Gara

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    Song MeaningWhen I first heard this song on House I fell in love with it because it felt so haunting. To me its about being in a time where the world is moving so fast your forced into a corner and your happiness, spontaneity, and passion is stuffed inside to keep up. In essence making your body a cage. Also you may have the things that mean everything to you but you cant enjoy them, and if people just use their heads and realize its okay to take a break and slow down once in a while then their lives could be better.
    jay132008on May 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI interpret the song as being about wanting to commit suicide in order to get out of the body.
    GregoryHouseon March 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI, too, heard this song on House. So haunting and SO powerful. Along with this I've heard San Jacinto, and if the rest of his music is anything like either of those two songs, alksdjfal;shdg;ab
    Cobehnon January 06, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionI've never been one to pick apart a song line by line, being a song-writer myself, when I write, it varies where things come from. Knowing the band, Win being an American (Arcade Fire duh), very much the philosopher....I can say honestly this song cannot be picked apart. The entire meaning is quite clear.
    To be frozen in fear, to look down at one's body crippled in fear, sickness, disability, etc., one couldn't help but find themselves locked in a 'cage', and that part is simple. Being a heart patient, very ill most of my life, AND dealing with anxiety issues, this song is quite literal.
    I find myself many times fighting to find words that no longer hold meaning to others, ideas that others cannot fathom. The life I once knew, and the person I once was, is long gone now. I have but one freedom awaiting me, death. Don't mean to be depressing sounding as the song in musical form finds crescendos, etc., and there is always beauty in pain and pain in beauty, or as once said, truth beauty, beauty truth by Keats.....I sit here with the one I love and yet he has felt alone for years since my heart and other illnesses kicked in...what we have sought since then has been right in front of us and we've been dancing all along, just not the one we had dreamed. The sleeper must awaken.
    mediagodon December 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI interpret this song about someone with an eating disorder, mostly anorexia. it may be because i have an ED and i can find some sort of relation.
    Woz4on May 06, 2016   Link
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    General CommentIn the bible there is an allegory of a wedding, and "a wedding" with god - a commitment to him (and of course - love and connection). This song reminds me a situation that called "ad klot" - which means in hebrew: "until the last breath" - a situation in which the person who believes in god and feel the harmony and spirituality, is yearning for the life after death - for being able to experience the soul solely, purely. This situation is forbidden, for a person to want it i mean.. he have to want to be where he is (in this life). Not in a way that means that if person experience this feeling - we should kill him or something (of course not), but it means it's forbidden, and any action or thought is between god and the person himself. The reason it is forbidden is that the religious jewish people know that if god puts you in some place, it means you can handle the situation well, even if you find it hard to believe, so you should trust him and remember he wants your best.
    So this song reminds me of this situation, which is not simple because you have so many times you feel you want to be all fulled with this huge light only, without the body's burden of materialistic plasures. "my body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love"...

    Anywayyy ,wow that was long, these lines: "I'm living in an age that calls darkness light" - also connected to this world that "screams my name at night, But when I get to the doorway, There's no one in sight" - materialism, control, pride, shiningness, glory, accusations, competitivenes... when i get to the doorway there's no one in sight, there is nothing really in those things... kinds of illusions, lies we have to deal with, and break it with reason.
    Beautiful and hurting song.
    Moreeon May 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a person who has been severely hurt by someone they love and is mentally refusing to forget and forgive and to get back together. The body wants to be with the lover but the mind is being stubborn avoiding the chances of possibly being hurt again.

    Basically, the body is keeping the emotions locked up as if it were a cage which is being controlled by the mind.
    Israaon July 24, 2011   Link

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