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"Pompeii" by Bastille

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This video is kind of awesome, in a way.  The main character, the singer form Bastille, is basically in a weird horror movie.  Everyone’s eyes are turning black.  And he can’t save anyone.  He just has to sit there and wait for it to happen to him.  How creative is that?  I love it.  And in the end, that is what happened to him.bastille-pompeii eyes

But, onward.

I have been excited to write about this song since I first heard it, and it’s for one of the nerdiest reasons I could possibly come up with.  I love history.  And this song uses history to describe a feeling.  I love that.

Here’s a little more information:

Pompeii was a town in ancient Rome located near modern-day Naples on the west coast of Italy.  It was destroyed and buried under ash and lava when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  As far as history knows, there were no survivors.pompeii ruins

These bodies were preserved for almost 2,000 years in the ash and lava. Crazy, right?

Now, here is the chorus of the song:

The walls kept tumbling down in the city that we loved

Great clouds rolled over the hills, bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes

Does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all

And if you close your eyes

Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?

How am I going to be an optimist about this?

How am I going to be an optimist about this?

This is why I think this song is so clever:  It uses this historical event that is largely unknown to the general population (although it might be more known now that there was a movie called Pompeii) as a metaphor to the end of something else.  It could be anything, but in my mind, it’s a relationship that is ending.  And we can feel the walls crumbling around this poor guy, who is just trying to close his eyes and make everything go back to normal.

Why do I think that’s what is being talked about in the song?  The bridge:

Where do we begin?

The rubble or our sins?

It’s heartbreaking and creative and I haven’t heard anything like it in years.

What do you think of when you hear this song?

-A.

The Liebster Award!

Jodi Picoult

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