Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Songifies The Greek Crisis



William Butler performing in July 2007.
Will Butler, July 2007

As Greece was struggling to synthesize a whole new list of harsh reforms in an effort to ask its creditors for a bailout extension earlier this week, Arcade Fire‘s indie rock group member Will Butler composed his brand-new song named “Clean Monday,” in support of the Greek negotiations.

The Texas-born multi-instrumentalist has committed his talent to compose a new song every day this week inspired by British newspaper Guardian news headlines. His debut song, which was released last Monday, was dedicated to the Greek people, inviting Europe to gaze into the real conditions Greece is facing due to its recent debt crisis. Its title “Clean Monday” is stemming from Greece’s homonymous national holiday that coincided with the song’s release.

In his small blurb in the Guardian, Butler’s exact words were: “I’m rooting for Greece. I mean, broadly, who the hell isn’t rooting for Greece? Even if you’re super right wing, or super German, or super capitalist, you probably don’t want Greece tumbling out of the Euro and defaulting on its debts.”

Arcade Fire’s core member continued by praising Greece’s new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, not hesitating to call him a “straight shooting rapscallion,” hinting that he is probably the ideal person “who might – just might – be crazy enough to, um, responsibly manage the Greek financial situation.”

Enjoy “Clean Monday” below:

Lyrics:

“You know it’s 9 am
And I, and I’ve been waiting for you wondering where you might sit
I got the guards out just in case it’s true
But you know I know you wouldn’t do it
Why don’t you sit down and take, and take a breath
And if you think you’re headed for the cross
But take your robe off
Take out, take out your thumbs
It’s just about some money loss

And if the children, they keep crying
And if they stumble out into to the streets
And if the old men grab the sailors
And mumble something about how they would never retreat
You tell them:

It’s just, it’s just the winter turning into spring
And when the sun comes
When you keep them waiting
Now just waiting for the bell to ring

And if the streets begin to crumble
And the poor begin to wash away
And the children lose their culture
Well, it’s happened before and it will be okay

You know we’re not scared
Of what, of what is coming
Of what is coming from the streets
You know we’re not scared
Of what, of what could happen
If you leave us standing on our feet

But if I gave your number [?]
And if I gave you a dollar [?]
And if I sell my first born son to the Pharaoh
Do you, you think that we could stay [?]

I’m just, I’m just waiting for the bell to ring
I’m just standing here in my corner
Waiting for the bell to ring
I’m just lying here, oh, on the floor
Just waiting for the bell to ring
I’m just standing here, oh, in my corner
Just waiting for the bell to ring
I’m just lying here, oh, on the floor
Just waiting for the bell to ring
I’m just sitting here tied up in the corner
Just waiting for the bell to ring


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