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artist Bastille
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Bastille

Pompeii

Language
EN
Genre
Pop
Album
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Lyrics

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

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

play But if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
play And if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like you've been here before?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?

play We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
play In your pose as the dust settled around us

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

play But if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
play And if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like you've been here before?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?

play Oh, where do we begin?
play The rubble or our sins?
play Oh, where do we begin?
play The rubble or our sins?

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

play But if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
play And if you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like you've been here before?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?
play How am I going to be an optimist about this?
play If you close your eyes
play Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

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meaning Meaning

Smith explained the song's meaning to The Sun:

"Pompeii is actually an imagined conversation between two charred corpses reflecting on the city."


He added:

"But that's why I don't like explaining a lot of my songs literally as it sounds bonkers – a song about two corpses yet the crowd are happily dancing along!"

vocabulary Vocabulary

be left to (one's) own devices

If someone is left to their own devices, they are left to do what they want, or to look after themselves without any help. To be left unsupervised or uncontrolled; to be allowed to do as one pleases

  1. If left to my own devices, I would eat a chocolate dessert every night.

roll over sth

move over, turn to other side

  1. The image changes when you roll the cursor over it

tumble down

To collapse, fail

  1. The structure, came tumbling down during construction works at around 1pm

rubble

rock, stone, or brick fragments

  1. She was rescued early Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week

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