Speaking in Tongues (song)

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"Speaking in Tongues"
Single by Arcade Fire featuring David Byrne
from the album The Suburbs
Released June 27, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Indie rock
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Arcade Fire
Producer(s) Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire singles chronology
"City With No Children"
"Speaking in Tongues"
"Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"
David Byrne singles chronology
"Please Don't"
"Speaking in Tongues"

"Speaking in Tongues" is the fifth single from indie rock band Arcade Fire's third album, The Suburbs. It did not appear on the original track listing, but showed up on the deluxe edition as a bonus track.[1]

There is a direct reference to T.S Eliot's The Waste Land:[2] "Hypocrite reader, my double, my brother", himself quoting Baudelaire's To the Reader:[3] "— Hypocrite lecteur, — mon semblable, — mon frère!"

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Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 11
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 39


  1. ^ Arcade Fire Release 'Speaking In Tongues' and 'Culture War'. Huffington Post Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.bartleby.com/201/1.html
  3. ^ http://fleursdumal.org/poem/099
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arcade Fire – Speaking In Tongues" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Arcade Fire – Speaking In Tongues" (in French). Ultratip.

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