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Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

Neon Bible

Neon Bible
indie alternative indie rock rock Canadian


Frontman Win Butler told The A.V. Club why he chose the title 'Neon Bible' for the album: "I just jotted it down in my notebook and kept coming back to it. The song was very much off-the-cuff, written in one night and recorded the next day. Lyrically, there's a lot of stuff dealing with religion and culture, which I'm really interested in. It's an image that I kept coming back to that really felt like it was the title of the record. And everyone else in the band agreed." John Kennedy Toole's novels were rejected during his lifetime, and after suffering from depression due in part to these failures, he committed suicide in 1969 at the age of 31. Some years later, his mother brought the manuscript of A Confederacy of Dunces to the attention of novelist Walker Percy, who managed to get the book into print. The novel attracted much attention in the literary world and in 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Win Butler first discovered Toole as a teenager whilst boarding at an exclusive school in New Hampshire. Neon Bible was later named after Toole's first book, which was published posthumously, after A Confederacy of Dunces had made him famous.


Arcade Fire is an indie rock band formed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2001. The band consists of Win Butler (vocals, guitar, piano), Régine Chassagne (vocals, accordion, keyboards, hurdy gurdy, drums), Richard Reed Parry (bass, guitar), Will Butler (keyboards, guitar), Tim Kingsbury (bass), and Jeremy Gara (drums). Montreal percussionist Dane Mills performed on the EP and in early live shows. As of May 2005, the touring band includes horn players and violinists. Show more ...

Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

A vial of hope and a vial of pain,
In the light they both looked the same.
Pourred them out on into the world,
On every boy and every girl.

It's in the Neon Bible, the Neon Bible
Not much chance for survival,
If the Neon Bible is right.

Take the poison of your age,
Don't lick your fingers when you turn the page,
What I know is what you know is right,
In the city it's the only light.

It's the Neon Bible, the Neon Bible
Not much chance for survival,
If the Neon Bible is right.

Oh God! Well look at you now!
Oh! You lost it, but you don't know how!
In the light of a golden calf,
Oh God! I had to laugh!

Take the poison of your age,
Don't lick your fingers when you turn the page,
It was wrong but you said it was right,
In the future I will read at night.

In the Neon Bible, the Neon Bible
Not much chance for survival,
If the Neon Bible is true.



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