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Après Moi Lyrics

I must go on standing
You can't break that which isn't yours
I must go on standing
I'm not my own, it's not my choice

Be afraid of the lame
They'll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old
They'll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the...

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2015 report

    I guess the song could be also a reference to the Bloody Sunday on 1905. It happened in January and hundreds of people died on that day. Some say that even the snow became red. So when she asks for February to "make it clean", maybe it's about the memory of what happened on January. The rain would come to wash the red of the snow. Maybe the person who's speaking is the very death. Well, it isn't a very accurate theory, but it is a theory anyway.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2011 report

    Oh really? I don't know that story... I thought something completely different because of the poem. I thought that, the poem being written in 1945 (I guess) by the Russian Boris Pasternak, this song was about World War II and what happen to the prisonners and things like that. But Im certainly really really wrong... I just wondered what the people in her song struggled for. Anyway,I guess I found a correct translation of the poem:

    "February. Get ink, shed tears.
    Write of it, sob your heart out, sing,
    While torrential slush that roars
    Burns in the blackness of the spring.

    Go hire a buggy. For six grivnas,
    Race through the noice of bells and wheels
    To where the ink and all you grieving
    Are muffled when the rainshower falls.

    To where, like pears burnt black as charcoal,
    A myriad rooks, plucked from the trees,
    Fall down into the puddles, hurl
    Dry sadness deep into the eyes.

    Below, the wet black earth shows through,
    With sudden cries the wind is pitted,
    The more haphazard, the more true
    The poetry that sobs its heart out."

  3. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2011 report

    Actually, the name "Methusela" in the bible means "after me, a deluge". So I think there's some connection with both Madame Pompadore and him...

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2011 report

    I believe that these lyrics are talking about something that King Louis was thought to have said which was actually said by his mistress Madame de Pompadore, "apres moi le deluge" means after me comes the flood which i believe means when im gone, all hell will break loose basically. Anyway, thats just my interpretation :)

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