"Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Richard R Parry, Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury....
You and I were born
In a little town
Before the awful sound
Started coming down

Oh no oh

You came home from school
Knew you had to run
Please stop running now
Just let me be the one

For you

But I know you can see
Things that we can't see
But when I say I love you
Your silence covers me
Oh, Eurydice, it's an awful sound

I was so disappointed
You didn't want me
Oh, how could it be, Eurydice
I was standing beside you
By a frozen sea
Will you ever get free?
Just take all your pain
Just put it on me
So that you can breathe
When you fly away
Will you hit the ground?
It's an awful sound

I know there's a way
We can make 'em pay
Think it over and say (I'm never going back again)
I know there's a way
We can leave today
Think it over and say (I'm never going back again)

When you were born in the little town
Before the awful sound
Started coming down
There's so much inside you
That you won't let me see
You fly away from me
But it's an awful sound
When you hit the ground
It's an awful sound
When you hit the ground

I know there's a way
We can make 'em pay
Think it over and say
(I'm never going back again)
But I know there's a way
We can leave today
Think it over

We know there's a price to pay
For love in the reflective age
I met you up upon a stage
Our love in a reflective age

Oh no, now you're gone (No)


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"Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)" as written by Regine Chassagne Jeremy Gara

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  • +5
    My InterpretationThis song, in the most part, is sung from the perspective of Aristaeus, a key player in the story of Eurydice and Orpheus, and details unrequited love.

    Eurydice claimed that Aristaeus was obsessed with her, and was chasing her - causing her to step on the poisoned snake which killed her. Eurydice therefore held Aristaeus responsible for her death in some versions of the Eurydice and Orpheus tale.

    The awful sound mentioned numerous times here is variously; the noise of Orpheus' music wooing Eurydice, the silence with which Aristaeus' professions of love were met by Eurydice, and the noise of Eurydice's body as it hit the ground after being poisoned.

    This "awful sound" has a dual meaning. It could also be the "awful sound" of modern life, therefore the first lines "You and I were born in a little town / Before the awful sound started coming down" hark back to a time of innocence and before the prevalence of the destructive modern forms of technology and communication which are recurring throughout Reflektor. Indeed the lines "I met you up upon a stage / Our love in a reflective age" are taken straight from the title track.
    niteflite01on November 16, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentArcade Fire has changed the way I view music in general since finding them. Awful sound is my initial favorite, with saying that most grow to my favorite and then within about a year I will settle on a album favorite, the only band that has this musical prowess over my mind.

    Contextually the most simplistic but layered music ever made. The song is a love song, anything but plain or simple.
    Alexander3417on October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst listen to this was just now... I like it a lot. New album is definitely different, but I suppose that's a part of the greatness of the band. Will always be a fan.
    maill112on October 30, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationObvious Greek Mythology aside, here's my take;

    This song is about Win's journey and how fame changes you.
    The 'awful sound' is the crowds cheering.
    Both parties in the song are Win, the real Win, and the rockstar persona. The man and the reflection.
    At the beginning of the rockstar journey is the real person. They create a stage persona, but by the end of the journey the person they were has changed too much and is gone. All that is left is the shallow persona. In essence, eventually the man disappears but the reflection remains.


    There is a bittersweet relationship between the famous and the fans. A thankfulness for everything fame has gotten them, and a resentment for everything it has taken away from them. I know there's a way, we can make them pay. By walking away forever.
    Something every famous person considers at some point.
    Ponytailjoneson January 01, 2014   Link

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