"Deep Blue" as written by Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, William Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Richard R Parry and Jeremy Gara....
Here in my place and time
And here in my own skin I can finally begin
Let the century pass me by, standing under the night sky
Tomorrow means nothing

I was only a child then
Feeling barely alive when
I heard a song from a speaker of a passing car
Praying to a dying star, the memories fading
I can almost remember singing( La la, la la, la la la la)
(La la, la la, la la la la)

We watched the end of the century
Compressed on a tiny screen
A dead star collapsing and we could see
Something was ending
Are you through pretending?
We saw the signs in the suburbs

You could have never predicted that it could see through you
Kasparov, Deep Blue, 1996
Your mind's playing tricks now
Show's over so take a bow
And leave it in the shadows (La la, la la, la la la la)
(Oh la la, la la, la la la la)

Put the cellphone down for a while
In the night there is something wild
Can you hear it breathing?
And hey
Put the laptop down for a while
In the night there is something wild
I feel it, it's leaving me

(La la, la la, la la la la)
(La la, la la, la la la la)
(La la, la la, la la la la)
(La la, la la, la la la la)

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"Deep Blue" as written by Win Butler William Butler

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  • +8
    General CommentThis is my favorite song off the new album. IMO the lyrics are pondering our significance in the coming century, now that computers have the increasing ability to perform tasks superior to us. With the breakthrough of computers/robots that can even hypothesize and perform nearly intuitive tasks, where will we be in 100 years? "Show's over so take a bow" A beautifully dark interpretation of our future.
    moltenmichon July 30, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFor anyone wondering, Kasparov was a chess genius, and Deep Blue was a software written by IBM that was able to beat him, back in 1996.
    htcdb125on July 26, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThe really soft bit at the end is:

    Hey, put the cellphone down for a while
    in the night there is something wild
    can you hear it breathing?
    and hey, put the laptop down for a while
    in the night there is something wild
    i feel it, it's leaving me

    I have the booklet from the CD so these are the official lyrics.
    asw989on July 29, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAt the risk of sounding nitpicky, Kasparov actually won the match against Deep Blue in 1996 -- I believe the final score was 4-2 in Kasparov's favor; an upgraded Deep Blue won the rematch in 1997. However, the computer did beat Kasparov in the first round of the '96 match, and the fact that it beat a grandmaster at all may be enough for Arcade Fire's point.

    I think the song is about how much the world has changed in just two decades, and how by accepting all the little changes we do, brought on by technology and social institutions, we're accepting a new way of life and that we can never go back. Arcade Fire lyrics often favor the natural over artificial ("I pray that I won't live to see the death of everything that's wild"), and portray characters trying to escape, but finding this impossible.
    nostalgicBadgeron December 12, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDoes anyone know the falsetto/whispery part at the end? I got:

    Put the cell phone down for a while
    Put the laptop down for a while
    The feeling is leaving me
    NoKeyNoPlanon July 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's "we're living in the shadow of..." not "And leave it in the shadows" (from digital booklet of the EP)
    xskifoxon September 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfavourite song off the album
    love the piano!
    turnthatshitoffon July 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar in the end sounds like Edge's guitar on the Achtung baby. Amazing song, the lyrics are really expressive. My fav from the new album
    lev777on August 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wondered what the song from a passing car might be, maybe about "praying to a dying star" and having a chorus like "Lie Lie Lie..." (that chorus brought to mind Simonn & Garfunkle's 'The Boxer' - not about a dying star, unless it could mean a fading champion boxer) .. but Win Butler was born in 1980 and that song is from the 60s.

    Then I found at dazeddigital.com/music/article/8081/1/… :

    ' Will Butler: 
In "Deep Blue," there's the line "I was only a child then/Feeling barely alive when/I heard a song from the speaker of a passing car." Both Win [Butler] and Richie [Parry] have strong memories in their youth of hearing music coming out of a passing car, and wondering what the heck it was. In Win's case, it was our friend's older brother driving, and he was listening to Depeche Mode." '

    AND... at lyricsg.com/247617/lyrics/thearcadefire/…

    ' - Frontman Win Butler told the NME: "'Deep Blue' to me sounds like Neil Young with Depeche Mode at the end - which shouldn't work, but I think it does." '

    So, does anybody know what Depeche Mode song might fit? When I listened to "Lie to Me" I found some musical similarities with 'Deep Blue' (minor key, and a V-IV-IIIb-(IV)-V/I main melodic sequence) but "Lie to Me"s lyrics are not about a Dying Star ... DM's "The Darkest Star" came out in 2005, - not when Butler was a kid.


    arlobeeon November 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile I understand his point, I suspect Win shouldn't fear obsolescence as I don't see a computer writing meaningful music any time soon.
    spiritualchemyon May 17, 2011   Link

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