Pompeii Lyrics by Bastille


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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
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

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

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

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

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

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

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You've been here before?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?
Writer: SMITH, DANIEL
Copyright: Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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Pompeii Info:

Pompeii is a song from Bastille's debut studio album Bad Blood (2013). The song was released as a digital download on 24 February 2013. It reached number one in Ireland, and peaked at number two in Italy and the UK. It also holds the record for the longest time at number one on the Official Streaming Chart, remaining at the peak for seven weeks.

Lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. "It's a moment of reflection and introspection, but they're trapped in time so it's a moment that'll go on for an eternity," frontman Dan Smith explained to NME.

Although Pompeii is never mentioned in the song, Smith told The Daily Telegraph that he was imagining what the dead inhabitants might have to say to one another. "It is essentially about fear of stasis and boredom," he added. "Being quite a shy, self-conscious person, I was afraid my life might get stuck."

Smith explained the song's meaning to The Sun: "Pompeii is actually an imagined conversation between two charred conversations 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!"

From the Album:
Bad Blood (2013)

Released:
February 24th, 2013

Format:
Digital download

Recorded:
2012

Genre:
Alternative rock, synthpop, power pop

Length: 3:34

Writers:
Dan Smith

Producer:
Dan Smith
Mark Crew

Music video:
"Pompeii" on YouTube

A music video to accompany the release of "Pompeii" was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013. Directed by Jesse John Jenkins and produced by Tova Dann, the video was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.

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