Entre la nuit, la nuit et l’aurore
Entre le royaume des vivants et des morts

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

Meaning

When translated from French, the lines read:

Between the night, night and dawn.
Between the kingdoms, of the living and of the dead.

We are living, but not really living; communicating with each other, but not really communicating; experiencing life through digital images, YouTube videos and live streams instead of actually going out and living it.

There is a subtle wordplay here- the line can also be heard as “l'ennui et l'horreur”– between boredom and horror. This digital age, staring at screens, is a purgatory — a metaphor to represent the ambivalence and boredom of human life in the digital age, which is almost a dystopian, horrific future like that in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

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