Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Album: The Suburbs (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • Much of the lyrical content of The Suburbs is inspired by band members Win and William Butler's upbringing in the suburbs of Houston. However, this song is about multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne's hometown of Montreal. Win Butler told The Sun: "It's interesting that there are similarities between Houston and the south shore of Montreal, where Regine grew up. A song like Sprawl 2 is about Montreal. Over the bridge it's the same as the Houston in 'City With No Children.'"
  • The UK music publication NME asked Win Butler what track on the album he is most proud of lyrically. He replied: "I guess it'd be either 'The Suburbs' or 'Sprawl 2 (Mountains Beyond Mountains) because in each of those tracks there's kind of a whole world. There's more going on in the margins of those songs, and I think if you really get into the lyrics, there's a lot of new stuff to find."
  • This song was named after Tracy Kidder's 2003 biography of Paul Farmer, the Boston anthropologist and doctor who co-founded Partners in Health. The NGO is integral to the efforts to rebuild co-vocalist Régine Chassagne's home country of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that destroyed the already impoverished Caribbean nation.
  • Coldplay guitarist Johnny Buckland is a big fan of this song. He told SiriusXM it's his favorite song to see Arcade Fire play live.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Which Songs are About Drugs?

Which Songs are About Drugs?Fact or Fiction

"25 or 6 to 4" to "Semi-Charmed Life" - see if you can spot the songs that are really about drugs.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of EvanescenceSongwriter Interviews

The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.

Mike Campbell

Mike CampbellSongwriter Interviews

Mike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter."

Songs Discussed in Movies

Songs Discussed in MoviesSong Writing

Bridesmaids, Reservoir Dogs, Willy Wonka - just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A Timeline

"Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit: A TimelineSong Writing

Untangling the events that led to the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit.

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he Inspired

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he InspiredSong Writing

Before he was the champ, Ali released an album called I Am The Greatest!, but his musical influence is best heard in the songs he inspired.