"You Already Know" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Richard R Parry, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury....
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Sometimes it moves so fast
Sometimes it moves so fast
If you stop to ask
It's already passed
So how can you move so slow?
How can you move so slow?
You miss it if you don't
You miss it if you

Don't already know
Already know
Already know
Already know
Already know

When your love is right
When your love is right
You can't sleep at night
You've been sleeping just fine
But when your love is bad
When your love is bad
Don't know why you're so sad
But it's time to go

You already know
Already know
You already know
You already know
You already know
You already know
You already know
Already know

Sometimes it moves so fast
Sometimes it moves so fast
If you stop to ask
It's already passed
So how can you move so slow?
How can you move it so slow?
You missed it, you know
You missed it

You already know
Already know
You already know
You already know
You already know
You already know
You already know

Please stop wondering why you feel so bad
You already know (Already know)
Please stop wondering why you feel so sad
When you already know (Already know)
Please stop wondering why you feel so bad
When you already know (Already know)
Please stop wondering why you feel so sad
When you already know (Already know)

Already know
It's time to go

She said
"Well how do I know
When I know
When I know?" (You already know)

Well then he said
"Well how do I know
When I know
When I know?" (You already know)

She said
"Well how do I know
When I know
When I know?"

(Arcade Fire ladies and gentlemen)


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"You Already Know" as written by Regine Chassagne Jeremy Gara

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this goes along with the theme of the album: reflection, or self-reflection. You already contain the answers within yourself. If you pretty much already know what you need to do, then stop asking questions. Maybe that's what this is about? Nice song, either way!!!
    J Fleion November 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about commitment. It's about when you're in love but you're unsure if you've found the right one, so you waffle, and you don't know if you should commit...

    But you already know. (Just commit already, you love them!)

    Either that, or your relationship has soured -- on some level you know it but you're kind of in denial, and so you don't know whether to call it quits yet.

    But you already know. (Just break up with them, it's over!)

    The theme of committing to a long-term relationship and making it work seems to be a big one on Reflektor. It seems important in this song, and in Porno (you can cry, I won't go / you can scream, I won't go) and in Afterlife (I've gotta know / can we work it out? / we scream and shout 'till we work it out).
    amandimalon July 30, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentViva The Smiths!
    justareflektoron October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis seems to be about a girl in a relationship which has roller coaster highs and lows. Now she's asking her friend (or maybe even her mom or dad, based on if one sees the question as naive) if she loves him, and in asking the question, she's confirmed through this doubt that it was just a quick flash of romance. Still, she has hesitation in leaving him, begging the question "why are you you moving so slow?" from the advice person. Instead of listening, however, she stays with him, repeating the cycle even though her friend/loved one is screaming that she already knows she doesn't and won't love him.
    manyzennyon June 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    TranslationI'm pretty sure the chorus is:

    You are Reginald
    Oh Reginald
    You are Reginald
    You are Reginald
    You are Reginald
    You are Reginald
    You are Reginald
    Oh Reginald
    northlingon July 12, 2017   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationWhat I think this song is talking about is depression in the American culture, and the overuse of prescription drugs to solve the problem and not looking at it from your own internal problems and trying to self-help and figure out why you are depressed or sad.

    "Sometimes it moves so fast
    If you stop to ask
    It's already passed
    So how can you move so slow?"
    This is talking about how it isn't acceptable to sit around and reexamine your life, and you just need to get over it; whereas in reality you need to be able to accept you past instead of just burying it in your mind and pretending it didn't happen.

    " She said
    "Well how do I know
    When I know
    When I know?" (You already know)"
    Basically, any sadness whatsoever in modern culture is classified as just depression. You just need to take a pill for it and you'll be fine. You don't need to ask why, the answer to any sadness you're experiencing is just depression i.e you already know

    All in all "You already know" just means that you shouldn't need to reexamine yourself, but it's used in a sarcastic sense, because the majority of the time you can fix this sadness by looking at yourself and your life and fixing any external and internal problems instead of just taking a pill. (Although this is not always the case, it is the majority of the time)

    Just my two cents.
    calebveringon January 12, 2014   Link

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