"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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    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

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