"Lenin" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Tim Kingsbury, Richard R Parry and William Butler....
When Lenin was little
All the birds in the forest were singing
'Man, this is it!'
But now that he's older
All the sailors in the heaver are screamin
"Abandon Ship"

I know it can't be right
I know it can't be right
But I just smile instead
Of repeating what I said
In my head

When Lenin was little
Dressed up like a vampire on All-Hallow's Eve
All the saints up in heaven
Were look down at the leaves fallin' from the trees
I know it can't be right

Daddy, Daddy, please save the world from the government
Daddy, Daddy, please save my should from my own judgment
Daddy, Daddy, please send me a heart that isn't made of cement
'Cause the money's all been spent
The money's all been spent

Lyrics submitted by hellomagda, edited by Laserlie322

"Lenin" as written by Richard R Parry Regine Chassagne

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    General Commentthis and in the back seat are my favorite arcade fire tracks. i love how the DWTN complilation got the best out of most of the collaborators. i can just imagine Lenin being all young and cheery out in a Russian landscape and right before the chorus hits with the instrumental build, he starts sprouting devil horns!
    vismund_cygnuson April 13, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionAMAZING SONG!!!!!!
    i bought "dark was the night" (an idie compilation) just for this song!!!!
    arcadefirestarteron February 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTHthank you so much your lyrics have saved my brain from brainstorming anymore...
    DsW274on October 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I hear this song, for whatever reason, I just see a bunch of drunk Communists dancing on a table with Vladmir Lenin in some big chair above everyone else. I don't know why, but I imagine there are other intended meanings, like the fact that the governments of the world are running out of money and hearing all that kind of shit on the news and just being scared, not knowing what to feet other than distant fear. Then again it's a fun tune.
    Excalibur7on June 28, 2013   Link

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