The end's not near
It's here
Alleluia
Spread the cheer
And watch the millenarians
Throw a party for a thousand years

You won't see the pious praying
They'll be too busy flaying
All the martyrs with better ways
To stop the world decaying

If you call me I won't be home
I'm hiding from the kingdom come
They can't see everything on earth
With the satellites and the roving drones

This is why hell is underground
Like a reclaimed bad part of town
We don't want to lose our souls
We're the saints who don't want to be found


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    General CommentI love this song. I love the cover that Band of Horses did. But I don't really grasp the full meaning? It seems like there's something to be celebrating, yet there's still some people hiding and not celebrating?
    superfantastisch!!!on November 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, it's obvious you DON'T understand. But maybe I don't either, and this is just my take on the song.. but in the first stanza, the line "alleluia, spread the cheer" is pretty much self-explainatory and sarcastic - this being the end of the world and all. And the millenarians, being people who believe that a new millenium of great peace and prosperity is coming, partying forever.. could represent the writer's opinion that great peace and prosperity won't ever be seen until the world IS over. Being the world as we know it now.. which is the very opposite of that great peace.

    It's either that, or the writer is talking about "the end" being the end of all bad.. and then none of it would be sarcastic. But then, really, the rest of the song wouldn't exactly work.

    Take it as you want. I only gave my opinion of that first stanza, 'cause that seemed to be the one you were confused about. Maybe now you can "decifer" the rest of the song. Ryan.
    RMV1300on December 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt first: This is a great song and I love it.
    And sry for my English not being perfect, I'm German and this is just school-English.

    Here's what I think:
    "The end's not near, it's here" means that there may have been a "announcement" that the end is near. but now it's there/here, it's inevitable.
    Not even the "martyrs with better ways..." will stop it. This verse is even more sarcastic than the first one that RMV1300 descriped pretty well.

    And that's when both the music and the meaning turns. in the 3rd verse the autor describes his own feelings. He is hiding from what is about to come.
    "They can't see everything on earth
    With the satellites and the roving drones"
    "They" is the Government, the men behind the curtain, the men that WANT to both see and control everything. Global Government, Enslavement, NWO, the kingdome come.
    And while the martyrs are dieing, the saints are hiding.
    A very true song.
    Qing BuManon October 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentomfg I posted this almost 3 fcking years after the last comment :D
    Qing BuManon October 13, 2009   Link
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    General Comment1st part
    The end is not near... When I heard this song it mean Jesus is coming back. You spread the cheer because it is the good new=Gospel (aka=the word of God). That is why you would want to say Alleluia.
    God will come back and have peace on earth for 1000 years. So that would be the millenarians party. (Revelation 20:1-15)
    2nd part
    Wont see the pious praying because they will already be in hell. The martyrs with better ways will be the martyrs for Christ. (Revelation 20:1-15) They would stop the world decaying because God would be there with Love and perfection. No more envy, hate, greed, etc. Hard to imagine with the world we life in now, I know. Just try to be creative and us your imagination(:
    3rd part
    If you call me I won't be home. I'm hiding from the kingdom come. I wont be home because I believe Christ died for my sins and yours.. and whoever believes in him shall no perish but have everlasting life. (John 3-16) He may be hiding from the fear of the Lord. If he would only repent and accept Christ there would be nothing to worry about. So that part of the song is trick to understand.?? just my view.. along with everything I'm saying. You cant see everything on earth with satellites and roving drones because everything on the earth can not be "seen" in the flesh and blood. (Ephesians 6:12)
    4th part
    All makes sense except the last part.. "We're the saints who don't want to be found" Your guess is as good as mine. Here is one guess. Everything is done for the glory of God so I dont want to be found. Just give the glory to God.. Like I said.. That was just a guess.

    No body needs to get mad. Im just saying what I got out of the song. I'm not saying Im right. I didnt write this song, but this is what came to mind when I heard it for the first time. God Bless everyone and whoever reads this...
    f5leebaon February 29, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHmmmmmmm...my ears hear something entirely different. I think it's a slap in the face to modern society...satellites and roving drones, etc. We're already doomed so we don't have to wait for God to come and take us. Our world is decaying from human behavior. We'd be better off retreating to Hell than sticking around.
    SweetCheeks2on February 29, 2012   Link

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