Siberian Breaks
by MGMT

Album: Congratulations (2010)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden told Spin Magazine about this 12-minute-long epic track: "It's kind of like eight different songs strung together into one, and the general theme is about surfing in the Arctic Circle by Russia."
  • Spin asked VanWyngarden if he's always been an avid surfer. He replied: "When we were making the first record I didn't surf. But for whatever reason, I was dreaming about waves and surfing for about a year straight. So that made it into the lyrics and the imagery of the record. Then about a year ago, when we were recording Congratulations in Malibu, I started surfing. Now I try to do it whenever I can. I'm going to Costa Rica to surf this Sunday. I love it and it's definitely a theme on Congratulations."
  • VanWyngarden told Artist Direct the story of the song: "Similar to the other songs on the album, we were writing it, and it started growing and taking shape as a longer song. It wasn't something where we set out from the beginning to write a really long song. It started with a simple chord progression for the first verse, and it kept developing after that. It never felt too long. I think some people are somehow offended by its length, but we wanted it to be a sweep of a song at this walking pace. A lot of the lyrics are about surfing and more cosmic stuff."
  • Around the middle of the song, Andrew can be heard singing "I hope I die before I get sold" multiple times, assumably an allusion to The Who lyric "I hope I die before I get old" from the song "My Generation." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Diane - Washington, D.C., VA

Comments: 1

  • Taylor from 90210, CaSuch a beautiful song, possibly one of the greatest songs of this decade.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Who Wrote That Song?

Who Wrote That Song?Music Quiz

Do you know who wrote Patti Smith's biggest hit? How about the Grease theme song? See if you can match the song to the writer.

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The Devil

Five Rockers Who Rolled With The DevilSong Writing

Just how much did these monsters of rock dabble in the occult?

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"

Dean Friedman - "Ariel"They're Playing My Song

Dean's saga began with "Ariel," a song about falling in love with a Jewish girl from New Jersey.

Thomas Dolby

Thomas DolbySongwriter Interviews

He wrote "She Blinded Me With Science" so he could direct a video about a home for deranged scientists.

Rick Astley

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks

Ron and Russell Mael of SparksSongwriter Interviews

The men of Sparks on their album Hippopotamus, and how Morrissey handled it when they suggested he lighten up.