Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Shares Song Inspired by ISIS
Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist and new solo artist Will Butler wrote a new song each day this week based on a news story in The Guardian, and his final entry is about ISIS destroying a museum in Mosul. Listen to it below.
Butler said the words to "By the Waters of Babylon" are taken from Psalm 137 of the Bible. "It’s a song of sorrow and rage from the mouth of a refugee whose city has been destroyed," he said.
I can’t imagine the sorrow and rage of the people whose lands have been overrun by Isis, whose family and friends are murdered, whose culture is being destroyed.
This song is not a policy prescription. The last lines should evoke horror. But the emotions behind the words are ancient and real.
Mosul is a part of our heritage, part of the world’s heritage, and the loss of its history is heartbreaking."
Will Butler -- "By the Waters of Babylon"