Singalong! Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Today I'm going hiking for the first time in a very long time.  Well, not really.  The first time I went on a hike in a very long time was when I hiked Dog Mountain in the fall (remember, Ryan was there).  But that's one little blip in a many-year stint where my only times walking on mountains was the paved roads around my parents' house.  This, combined with the fact that I posted about mountains yesterday, makes me want to keep the theme going and do a mountain-related singalong.  I considered the obvious choices: Ain't No Mountain High Enough or perhaps River Deep, Mountain High, but I'm just not feeling that vibe today.

Instead, in honour of mountains, I'm sharing another Arcade Fire favourite - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).  This may seem completely nonsensical.  After all, the mountains beyond mountains they refer to are the piles of rejected shopping malls that surround suburban sprawl.

This song reminds me that I need to go where the city lights don't exist.  Spend some time in nature, in the actual mountains.  I hardly ever do it, but whenever I leave the city behind it feels like heaven.  Don't get me wrong, I am 100% a City Girl. That's where I found my kind. But there's also a significant part of me that wants to run away, grow my own food, and dance in the forest.


SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS)

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

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