Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Lyrics

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
These days my life, I feel it has no purpose
But late at night the feelings swim to the surface

'Cause on the surface the city lights shine
They're calling at me, come and find your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the World's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

We rode our bikes to the nearest park
Sat under the swings and kissed in the dark
We shield our eyes from the police lights
We run away, but we don't know why
Black river, your city lights shine
They're screaming at us, we don't need your kind
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
That we can never get away from the sprawl
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

They heard me singing and they told me to stop
Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small
Can we ever get away from the sprawl?
Living in the sprawl
Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains
And there's no end in sight
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights
I need the darkness, someone please cut the lights

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Arcade Fire Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) Comments
  1. Fabian Rey

    Cierto sonido blondie

  2. manuel plez

    hey , where 's my comment ??

  3. Madelaine Murray

    Regine's spirit is so pure and moving in this video.

  4. Ward de jager

    Serotonine Shot !

  5. Catherine

    Love you all so much! Pour keeping moivez living, breathing and moving when others could not.

  6. 1fairhurst

    aint got nowt on Bjork on her childlike manners ....just saying ;0)...

  7. 000ktr

    Pasan los años y me sigue fascinando de esta canción 💙💜♥️💚💛💗
    I 😍Arcade Fire💖

  8. ANAND A J

    I desperately need this in a Xavier Dolan movie ♥️♥️

  9. Manly O'Beeferton

    Regine reminds me of Bjork (in a good way).

  10. Denise A Fuantos R

    Pareciera que Regine disfruta mucho de interpretar esa canción en el vídeo... como cuando realmente amas lo que haces.

  11. david warburton

    how free of ya spirit does this tune make you feel...

  12. Shoegazin'

    I listened to this song almost 24 hours in a row the day I downloaded it, I have until today the sequence at LastFM. Unbelievably beautiful! (2012)

  13. thesongtowoody

    from this video i learned we all need jesus christ.

  14. Chris WG

    Is there a version where I just watch her singing this song and dancing? if so, that would have been a great video too.

  15. meatrace

    I always liked this song and thought it was a worthy coda for the tour de force that is The Suburbs, but I'd never seen this video until just now!
    Regine's performance is spectacular! Her exuberance is positively infectious.

  16. Antonina Virduzzo

    Talking Heads mood❤💫💝😘

  17. Shawn Cowles

    So many memories, so innocent and confused, though I'll probably be saying the same thing about myself down the road

  18. James Sudbury


  19. Colleen Crawford

    Every song they make sounds the same

  20. Tom Corry

    3:50 Sarah Lawrence gym class!

  21. pungochem


  22. Pablo Verino

    1:30 to 1:44.... done

  23. Corentin Prigent

    this is good honey

  24. M Stewie

    When I was a kid, from age 5 to around 10, I had lived in Ajax and my Uncle and Aunt lived in Montreal. So, every summer, we traveled to Montreal in the summer. I remember the drives from Ajax to Montreal in the evening on a Friday. And then I remember his house, his dogs, his cool house in Pierre Fonds. Anyway, this song makes me feel the way I felt when I was 6 or 7 and going to Montreal on a Friday summers evening along the 401. Always stopped in Napanee for Mcdonalds........

  25. kry goo

    One of my favourite arcade fire songs❤️⚡❤️

  26. Carlos Perez Martin

    muy bueno el video !

  27. KidScipio

    this is pretty good

  28. Narrowpath247

    Or maybe this one 🤔

  29. Dario Halfaxa

    Years ago I was with my ex girlfriend. We had to go to the disco and she was busy with the make-up in the bath, listening to this song. I didn't know and I asked the title. After years, I'm used to listen this yet. We broke up but I love remember that period. We were such happy and in love. Thanks for everything. ♡

  30. Arular Lopez

    I love that The Suburbs is one of the few indie rock albums that ends up with a optimistic mood ❤

  31. Thirdeye147

    Stop listening to my song

  32. Joe Westerland

    I always feel sad when watching this music video because its an extremely creative idea and filmed amazingly yet the post production is absolutely awful. all the terrible digital zooms added and the god awful color grade. I would love to get my hands on the raw footage but obviously that would never happen.

  33. illusionist75

    Every song on this album is my favorite song on this album. This one in particular. Man, what a fantastic album.

  34. Grzegorz Banasiak

    I want to find more this kind of songs!!!

  35. Dwight Spits

    This song is about how perfectly normal people can turn into outright retards.

  36. kinseychris

    Best Arcade Fire song!!

  37. Graf Aramaic

    Revisiting this after some years. Her voice is damn ceautiful.
    Reminds me a bit of Blondie meets Goldfrapp.

  38. Mag Magnet

    Intro sounds like Ennui by Carol Cleveland Sings!

  39. WR3ND

    I need the LP.

  40. T Augusto

    0:40 is she is jake the dog's daughter, isn't she?

  41. Inga Nodie

    One the best songs ever made love from South Africa

  42. Christos Polydorou

    her voice is shrill

  43. Mag Magnet

    The footage looks genuinely old , not sure how

  44. Sandy Fisher

    Great song, great album

  45. Emmanuel Enrique Atencio

    I always come back here.

  46. Adam Conway

    Holy Mother F#[email protected]&+g I've been listening to MGMT the shins for years and this pops up?!? WTF I don't even know how to dance and I'm getting down. This song tingles right to your spine. This will be one I listen to for life......

  47. Charlene C Timuss

    Weird video...fab song tho

  48. su3 gU

    The use of Paper in this video is such an artful metaphor. And seeing Regine break through it in a red Pheonix dress with those peg leg shoes is absolutely freeing to the soul. I love the high pitched defiant optimism of this song. 'they heard me singing and they told me to stop!'', such is life when you have the luxury of self expression through Art.

  49. storky1

    this song always moves me

  50. LameStudiosInc

    Can Arcade Fire go back to sounding like this?

  51. Analyse

    Her voice is so charming😍

  52. Dancing Cat

    It's amazing music

  53. nigel whyatt

    One of A F best songs - Regine is a Star - Bury Courteener

  54. Chelsea Dacanay

    i just remembered this song

  55. Miguel Alejandro Quezada Morando

    For me this was the best album of the decade.

  56. soroteca71

    Yeah, they put in words this feeling of mine that don't know why I feel since forever, of don't feeling comfortable "in the sprawl". I live in a small city, in an anonymous building of a working class neighbourhood. Right in front of my house is the country self: this is the very city limit. When I walk my dog I feel instantly in the countryside, in the wilderness, and I've always wondered why I feel so damn good when I cross the street to leave momentarily this so boring, mediocre city of mine. They put it in words in 2010, now I finally know

    All Us Wolves

    soroteca71 embrace that .. a lot of people can not

  57. Caius Keys

    Who else is listening cuz of Stuber?

  58. Samuel Brolley

    I am obsessed with this

  59. rrs191094

    I just discovered this song I thought it was new, definitely something ahead of its time!

  60. dupchurch100

    I love her voice.

  61. Celieboo

    This whole album was fire!

  62. Jan West-Hamilton

    Who read the book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder

  63. Jan West-Hamilton

    my middle school song

  64. Jake Flematti

    Does this remind anybody of Stranger Things? Those synths and the strange attire in the video makes me think of the third season particularly. Though the small town they live in probably would not be considered a sprawl.

  65. Luis Rivera

    La amo! Su voz! Su forma de actuar, es muy adorable 😍 he seguido a Arcade Fire pero hace unos momentos me entere de esta obra de arte, escalo a mis videos favoritos! Espero vengan mas canciones de Regine! 🇲🇽🇲🇽♥️

  66. Max Shade

    I totally LOVE ❤️🌚 this song. It shows Canada at it’s very beautiful and very best.

  67. Poptrop

    Who’s still listening 2020


    This guy! One of the best overall records to come out in a while. Still great.

    Matěj Grék

    Everytime I want to be reminded of summer vibes, I listen to this.


    My rural neighborhood is being filled with subdivisions. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF THE WORLD'S SO SMALL...

    Fearsex dream rip torn

    Yes chris mastronardi this is little nemo on hbo the arcade fire jthm stmu abc production anna gripentrog girl CULT has me loking for a future no jail no institution they have done this on show taken adderall many missed -Wild mystpower: It sure liked to conext the mud street.

    Volker Meurer

    I do! Just a good song.

  68. Bert Van der Auwera

    it's 2020 and I still turn to this song

  69. Herbi Stan

    Merci Régine
    Un son de folie
    Merci merci merci 🇫🇷
    Un style Ultra super cool

    Maria Vuotila

    Merci Arcade Fire for making the best music ever.

  70. Martin Mendoza

    Greatest band of all time

  71. Cody W

    Where was it filmed?

    Sarah Zamenski

    Cody W - Montreal

  72. Torgueuere

    This shit is so good...

  73. YAM Honda

    Je décroche pas j'écoute une fois par jour 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭

  74. Natalie Di Giorgio

    This song has a Kate Bush vibe that I love.

  75. Jennifer Hersey

    Try listening to this song in a mix with Monday Morning by Death Cab for Cutie, Under the Milky Way by The Church, Satellite by Guster and Crank by The Catherine Wheel- They make me feel haunted- in a good way.

  76. Guillermo Ortega


  77. Max Tew

    Such a beautiful video. No album has gone from "okay" at release to "masterpiece" a couple of years later in my life like 'The Suburbs.' Great album.

  78. Ale Salazar


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  80. jkerr7840

    Fuckin brilliant.

  81. sovoccor

    a true anthem

  82. Music Quirk

    I love how the word "sprawl" is lengthened when its sung. I think its suppose to emphasize the vastness and seemingly endless cookie-cutter houses and declining shopping malls that currently 'rule' our world.


    It's a reference to The Sprawl, the idea that the Wast coast of the U.S. will become one large interconnected city.

    Music Quirk

    @LameStudiosInc That'd be cool! (if it wasn't all suburban style housing) I haven't heard of this idea but I know about the huge auto-dependency that much of the west coast has due mostly to sprawl


    @LameStudiosInc So it has nothing to do with William Gibsons novels about The Sprawl?


    @dsvederud Oh no, it's that too. But the idea of The Sprawl is more universal than you'd think.

  83. Rasmus Söderström

    Noone has commented how much this sounds like the Knife? Greatly underrated song, feel priviledged to have heard this live :)

  84. Zuriel Galindo

    Once more this song and the passion of Régine's dancing put a smile on my face. I really love this song.

  85. Tyler Fletcher

    Great Song! More great songs..

  86. Word Is Bond

    I thought this was going to be Ed Selegos part in the MIA video.

  87. Mar Tijn

    Wait what?! How can it be that I discovered this gem only now? I feel lucky! What an amazing song. ❤️

  88. L8dyAriel

    Still Listening years later...:)

  89. Ennuibody

    One of my all time favorite albums. I'll always love this song.

  90. Patricia García

    She's too cute. I can't!

  91. M R

    I study this song in history-geography in english (i'm french)

  92. Jasen S

    It's rare to come across a music video as good as the song, and vice versa.

  93. Federico Rippe

    There´s bad peopole and those who ask Regine to stop singing

  94. Betsy Rocandio

    This song is a day in December 2010...

  95. Nery Palacios

    From 1:32 to 1:38 what a lovely face

    make women property again

    I can't decide if she is hot or not

    Nery Palacios

    actually is cute, no hot

  96. Othmane

    Odd to the days when this song was a symbol of my happiness.

  97. Dawnseeker2000

    Man alive, Régine has presence!

  98. Corbin Boller

    Strengthening my daughters mindset through music videos