Trapped in a prison, in a prism of light

from Arcade Fire (Ft. David Bowie) – Reflektor Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Think Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon.

When passed through a prism, white light refracts into the colours of the rainbow.

This is could additionally be seen as a thinly-veiled reference to the NSA and their PRISM program to monitor internet communication, which was revealed by Edward Snowden in the months before the song’s release. This fits with the privacy concerns expressed later in the song.

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