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Bastille: Pompeii Meaning


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Song Released: 2014

Covered By: Jasmine Thompson

Pompeii Lyrics

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost...


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    Oct 29th, 2014 10:04pm report

    You may have to watch this video to understand the song a little better. Granted, on the surface, it's about the eruption of Pompeii in 79AD. However, when you watch the video, it takes on a whole different meaning. There's a certain lost feeling that Dan is trying to express in the video... about something that may once have been so pure, but has been tainted by time and other forces that he is trying to find again to regain and retain his sense of purity in a world (without that presence) has been overrun by demonic forces, hence the people with the blacked out eyes and the generally abandoned world. It's about how that loss is driving him insane within and is turning him dark inside, though he's doing everything he can to get back to that source of purity. The tempo of the video and the video itself takes on a more frenzied tempo as it keeps going up until the point where he's driving the car and it runs out of gas and he's noticing his eyes turning black (giving into the darkness within himself). At the end, he realizes all is lost and that he cannot regain what was most precious and pure to him. When he turns to the camera with his blacked out eyes, you can see the finality of despair on his face. So, in the end this song is more about a total loss and devastation within. The city is a metaphor for something once so amazing and strong that has been weakened and destroyed by a force that cannot be controlled and the utter devastation that it causes as well as the eternal hopelessness.


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    Oct 15th, 2014 10:54pm report

    i don't know why but it sounds like its about growing up.


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    Oct 12th, 2014 10:30am report

    (addition to others interpretation)The line "nothing changed at all" in a literal sense means that like when the village that ash was fallen on was found, the bodies were in perfect condition so its like noting changed at all. And the song is about problems about "walls falling down" and since there is a problem, how can he feel optimistic.


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    Jul 30th, 2014 7:29am report

    Of course there is the very literal interpretation that the song is just singing about Pompeii, but I read it as a bit more general.

    Everyone eventually comes to that point in his or her life when everything they know changes ("And the walls kept tumbling down"), regardless of whether or not you want it to. ("In the city that we love") And it just seems like life will be miserable because everything you loved won't be the same. ("Bringing darkness from above"/"How am I gonna be an optimist about this?")

    But, no matter what, you can always latch on to the small details that never change. ("But if you close your eyes,/Does it almost feel like/Nothing changed at all?")


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    Jun 22nd, 2014 6:21pm report

    Well, but if you close your eyes and nothing changed at all means evry thing is frozen in place. Great clouds roll over the the hills means the volcanic ash is coming down on the city
    In you pose as the dust settles around us means you are stuck as you died, like a statue. This song is clearly stating a conversation between two statues. Pompeii as every one knows, got destroyed by a earth quake and the volcanic eruption. Where do we start the rubble or our sins means should we rebuild our town(after the earth quake) or dig up the roots of our problems and run away
    The verse about the walls means the walls were literaly crumbling away.


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    Jan 7th, 2014 1:16pm report

    Back In A.D. 79 in the city of Pompeii Mt. Vesuvius erupted the beautiful town was destroyed by the rumbling of the volcano and people lost many precious thing. The black smoke cloud covering the town as the volcano erupted. The town was covered in lava and the people that didn't make it out were covered in the lava to. I think some of the references in the song may relate back to this tragedy. "Losing the city they loved, The Walls Tumbling Down, Great Clouds Rolling Over The Hills Bringing Darkness Above," and relating the how the people in Pompeii lost things that were precious to them.


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    Jan 1st, 2014 1:03pm report

    As stated by the songwriter, he watched a documentary on Pompeii, and how the people were trapped in the positions they died in. The song is what he imagined as a conversation between two of these people.


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    Nov 14th, 2013 11:55pm report

    "Pompeii" is basically talking about how you would react if your world was falling apart. If you lost everything (whether it being certain people/friends, or literally), how would you look to the positive side about it?

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