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It's the End of the World as We Know It song meanings
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    General Commentwhenever I try to sing this song it takes my breath away. literally.
    KetchupMan36on May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that "kewl" is a word. Just thought I'd inform ya.
    katiebethon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is written about a policy debate tournament. The line "it's the end of the world as we know it" refers to the habit of high school and college debaters to claim that any course of action agree upon in the debate round will lead to nuclear war or some other catastrophe that will cause the end of the world. The "and I feel fine" reflects that everyone realizes that this is just an extra curricular activity that doesn't really matter.

    The line "listen to yourself churn" is another slang word for spewing, the act of debaters reading and making their arguments as quickly as possible to keep within the time limit.
    The line "world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs" reflects the attitude of debaters, especially high school debaters who will argue anything, even slightly morally reprehensible arguments if these arguments serve their purpose.

    The "team by team" line also refers to the debate teams.

    The most obvious reference to a debate tournament if the line "A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies", cause thst's all debate tourny's really are.

    Admittedly there are some non-debate references in there, but considering that Michael Stipe debated, the song makes sense when looked at in this context.
    strawberry81on May 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentokay people, this should be pretty obvious but i'm going to point it out anyway. By saying, "it's the end of the world as we know it," the "as we know it part" is pretty important. it doesn't actually mean some guy is going to use a "laser" to blow up the earth. things are changing all the time and sometimes it can be pretty overwhelming. this song is pretty much about taking what's happening and just making the best of it. but most of the song is just kinda random...
    HubCap1438on October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about all those catastrophists who are endlessly proclaiming that the end of the world is nigh. It lists off all the possible ends of the world that people fear (corrupt government, co2 emmisions, boom burning regimes, continental drift) but he feels fine because it doesn't seem to be happening and the truth is it won't. Thats what this song is about
    monsuier garlicon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentkatiebeth - i don't think that "ya" is a word either.......
    turtonhoton May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentkatiebeth, I don't think that anyone apart from Manzoni should use more than three dots... ;-P
    coldsteelon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAt my summer camp, when this song is played, you grab the hands of the two people nearest you and huge human chains are formed. These chains then sprint across a huge grassy area, weaving in and among themselves.

    It's pure chaos, and yet it's pure fun. That's what the song is about to me. Everything around you is disorder, and you can't help but revel in the chaos.

    Every once in a while, you need to just take a step back and laugh at the world around you.
    Dimaggio23on May 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about all the chaos in the world and how everyone seems to get used to it (thats why they feel fine).
    epp88on June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIn agreement with the debate reference. All the lyrics clearly describe policy debate-where participants 'spew' arguements at top speed.
    sctdbron February 09, 2006   Link

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