"Joan of Arc" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Richard R Parry, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury....
You're the one that they used to hate
But they like you now
And everything that goes away
Will be returned somehow
They're the ones that spit on you
'Cause they got no heart
I'm the one that will follow you
You're my Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

You had a vision they couldn't see so
They put you down
But everything that you said would happen
It came around
And they're the ones that put you down
'Cause they got no heart
But I'm the one that will follow you
You're my Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

Now they tell you that you're their muse
Yeah, they're so inspired
But where were they when they called your name
And they lit the fire?
When the voices came, you cut your hair
But you're still confused
But I'm the one with a heavy heart
'Cause I'll follow you

My Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
When the boys are over you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

(I really wanna know you)

Tu dis que tu est mon juge
Mais je ne te crois pas
Alors tu dis que je suis une sainte
Mais ce n'est pas moi
J'entends des voix
Mais ce n'est pas moi
Je ne suis pas Jeanne d'Arc
And if you shoot, you better hit your mark (Hit your mark)

Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys their time is through
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
When the boys are over you
Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc)
Tell the boys I'll follow you
I'll follow you

Joan, it's true
I only wanna to know you
Joan, it's true
it's true, I only wanna to know you
But Joan
I only wanna to know you

(First they love you)
(Then they kill you)
(Then they love you again)
(And then they love you)
(Then they kill you)
(Then they love you again)
(Love love you)
(Kill kill you)
And then they love you again
They love love you
Kill kill you
And then they love you again


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"Joan of Arc" as written by Regine Chassagne Jeremy Gara

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  • +7
    My InterpretationAccording to Goolge Translate, the translation of the french part of the song is:

    You say that you are my judge
    But I do not believe you
    So you're saying I'm a saint
    But it is not me
    I hear voices
    But it is not me
    I'm not Joan of Arc

    Those translations tend to be very literal, but I think the sense of what the female part sings in this song is important to its meaning.

    I picture the main singer of the song as picturing a bullied, screwed up girl as his "Joan of Arc" and someone he can follow. He always felt alone and so he pursues a relationship with her.

    However, as with most of the things he perceives, it is only a reflection of his own desires. He is looking for a leader because he is lost, but she is no more a leader than he is.

    Instead of seeing a screwed up young woman with her own problems, he idolizes and judges her to be his reason for existence. When he makes his feelings known, she professes that she is not what he thinks she is and if he is going to judge he better "hit his mark".

    Maybe the translation is skewing my interpretation but I think it is a unique take on a common modern love story. It reminds me of a line from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:

    Clementine: Too many guys think I'm a concept, or I complete them, or I'm gonna make them alive. But I'm just a fucked-up girl who's lookin' for my own peace of mind; don't assign me yours.
    BuckWilderon October 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis is exactly the story of Joan of Arc. Its a famous story of a french profet who was burned at the stake for being a "heretic" in those days.
    0au5t1non November 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnyone feel like this song may have been intended for use in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? Similar to how Arcade Fire both recorded Abraham's Daughter and composed the Panem anthem for the first film.

    I don't know-- it seems just a /little/ disconnected with the rest of the album's themes, but it fits the film surprisingly well.
    Ryuhzaon January 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Best one off the new album (so far, anyway- I'm halfway through).

    Seems to me like this is Win's reaction to the hate that Regine's gotten from some people. He's basically saying, fuck you guys, I'm sticking with her.
    Crane42on October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably my fav from the new album too. Nothing to add and I'm inclined to agree with your interpretations
    Pauperon November 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI have to think this is more a reaction song given how much hate the band got when they beat a good number of mainstream acts like Eminem and Lady Gaga etc to win the Grammy Award for best album a couple of years back.

    The song is a tribute to the fans of the band who have stuck with them since their early days, before they gained mainstream success with "Neon Bible" and so forth.

    It's also a bit of a metaphor for the group's standing within the music community: both with the indie fans who loved them then hated them when they went mainstream while still listening to their music/buying their albums and with the non-indie fans, who might have hated them when Funeral/Neon Bible came out but since gotten onto the bandwagon of liking them due to their now being part of the mainstream.
    JesseBakeron November 16, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My OpinionThe bit of music after the opening sounds like "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" by Billy Joel.
    yada3on August 21, 2014   Link

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