"Aftermath" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
Now the radio stutters, snaps to life.
Some sour song that sets it right.
And when London falls
He'd like to call
But the stars collide.
They're beautiful and much maligned.
In a universe where you see the worst,
And it's up to you to fix it.

Now you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you want to shout
How you see it all

It's easy to dismiss the "what's it all about" crowd.
There is no doubt. it's this, here, now.
And you close your eyes.
He's not coming back.
So you work it out, overfeed the cat.
And the plants are dry and they need to drink.
So you do your best. and you flood the sink.
Sit down in the kitchen and cry.

Now you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you want to shout
How you see it all

Now the universe left you for a runners lap.
It feels like home when it comes crashing back.
And it makes you laugh
And it makes you cry,
When London falls
And you're still alive.
The radio stutters,
It makes you laugh
And the aftermath,
Open up your eyes.
You're so alive.

Now you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you've worked it out
And you see it all
And you want to shout
How you see it all
How you've worked it out
And you see it all
How you've worked it out
And you see it all


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"Aftermath" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentTo me, this song is about youth, particularly the more idealistic nature of a young person.
    Relinquo1on November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like Relinquo1's interpretation.

    This is the only worthwhile song off this album.
    Moses19on November 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this could be interpreted pretty straightforwardly as being about someone being left on their own and being so confused by it as to make a mess of the tasks the other person has always done. They try to get over their feelings of distance by telling themself that reality is like this, until they finally get a perspective on life again.
    However I have a feeling that all this is merely an elaborate metaphor for some bigger picture of the world, the exact signifcance is known only to the singer.
    Unpredictableon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me to be a sequel to 'Belong'. A woman in the kitchen listening to the radio...A nameless threat on the way. Here the threat arrives but she survives it. Made me think of the blitz.
    Almost Realon October 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a bit hard to see anything beyond a politcal meaning for this song. But before reading this, I always imagined it was someone who's love has left them after some sort of row. Thats my interpretation of the song anyway
    Burkezillaron February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI know it was written before this happened, but my first thought on hearing it was that it was about the 7/7/05 bombings in London.

    Strange. I suppose he was just predicting the inevitable though.
    bayberry_moonon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a failed relationship rather than politics.

    "And it makes you laugh
    And it makes you cry,
    When London falls
    And you're still alive."

    I also think the lines about "london falls" is a euphemism for a relationship falling. When you first loved this person you thought that the love was as great and powerful as any city and now that it's disentegrating the destructive power it has in your life feels like a city fell down around you. It reminds me of the feelings I had after the last time I had my heart broken. You hurt so much and you feel like the pain of losing this person would kill you but the relationship fell apart, your love is gone and you're still alive no matter how much emotional pain you're in. You're a mix of emotions and you laugh and you cry.

    "He's not coming back.
    So you work it out, overfeed the cat.
    And the plants are dry and they need to drink.
    So you do your best. and you flood the sink.
    Sit down in the kitchen and cry."

    This verse reminds me of the typical aftermath after a relationship. All you want to do is cry and feel sorry for yourself because the other person is gone but life goes on. You still have to do the mundane tasks like feeding the cat and watering your plants but you're so distracted from your unhappiness that you mess up doing the simplest tasks.


    "And you've worked it out
    And you see it all
    And you want to shout
    How you see it all "

    You're sitting around lying to yourself that you've figured everything out and you're so much wiser from this heartbreak even though maybe deep down you still hurt like hell but you want to say "hey world don't feel sorry for me because i got dumped because i've figured it all out and I'm ok"
    kierraon November 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think "when London falls" is a reference to a much earlier historical event. . .the Blitz during World War II. London never did fall to the Nazis, so in this song it is a metaphor for the unthinkable happening.

    I think the song is about coping after a devastating loss (a death, a broken relationship, etc.) At first the subjct has trouble with ordinary tasks. But ultimately he works through his emotions and finds something to be passionate about. . .a reason to go on. "In a universe, where you've see the worst, and it's up to you to fix it. . .When London Falls and your still alive"

    I think it is also about how moments of great loss and tragedy can also lead to great insights "You've worked it out and you've seen it all and you want to shout how you've seen it all." its fundamentally a very hopefuland uplifting song.

    "And you've worked it out
    And you see it all
    And you want to shout
    How you see it all"
    GeneralDisorderon December 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    tiagreon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    tiagreon February 16, 2007   Link

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