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Arcade Fire’s ‘Creature Comfort’ Single Censored for Airplay

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Canadian fans who hear Arcade Fire‘s new Everything Now single, “Creature Comfort,” broadcast by their local stations may notice a few lines missing from the original lyrics.

Global News reports that the band’s label has censored the song’s lyrical content for Canadian airplay, removing four words from a pair of lines making reference to drugs, self-mutilation and suicide.

The first line, “Assisted suicide / She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record,” is now reportedly missing the words “suicide” and “dying,” while another line, “Some girls hate themselves / Hide under the covers with sleeping pills / Some girls cut themselves / Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback,” has had the words “pills” and “cut” deducted.

Multiple outlets have reached out to Arcade Fire’s representatives for comment, but as of this writing, the band hasn’t responded to the edits. In the meantime, it’s definitely worth noting that the edits seem to have been imposed by the group’s record company rather than any official government body — and even if the report is accurate and the lyric changes stand, it’ll put “Creature Comfort” in some pretty impressive company in the annals of Canadian music censorship.

In 2011, Canadian radio made worldwide headlines when the national Broadcast Standards Council opted to pull the Dire Straits hit “Money for Nothing” from the airwaves, reacting to a complaint regarding a homosexual slur in the lyrics more than 25 years after its release as a single. The ban proved short-lived, however; later in the year, the Council reversed its decision.

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