When you're sad and when you're lonely
And you haven't got a friend
Just remember that death is not the end

And all that you held sacred
Falls down and does not mend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

When you're standing on the crossroads
That you cannot comprehend
Just remember that death is not the end

And all your dreams have vanished
And you don't know what's up the bend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

When the storm clouds gather round you
And heavy rains descend
Just remember that death is not the end

And there is no-one there to comfort you
With a helping hand to lend
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end

For the tree of life is growing
Where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation
Up in dark and empty skies
When the cities are on fire
With the burning flesh of men
Just remember that death is not the end

And you search in vain to find
Some law-abiding citizen
Just remember that death is not the end

Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end
Not the end, not the end
Just remember that death is not the end


Lyrics submitted by Bentol, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Death is Not the End (Bob Dylan cover) (feat. PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan& Kylie Minogue) song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentVocals:
    Nick Cave ("When you're sad and when you're lonely..." + "And you search in vain to find...")
    PJ Harvey ("And all that you held sacred...")
    Shane MacGowan ("When you're standing on the crossroads...")
    Kylie Minogue ("And all your dreams have vanished..")
    Thomas Wydler ("When the storm clouds gather round you...")
    Anita Lane ("And there is no-one there to comfort you...")
    Blixa Bargeld ("When the cities are on fire...")
    dantason May 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is the perfect way to end Murder Ballads. All of those people were killed throughout the album, but now they are in a better place.
    atzero06on October 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with Sunquai. I don't know about the original Dylan version, but this version sounds 'hopeful'. However, if you actually listen to the lyrics, it doesn't seem that hopeful at all. Not once does it say, 'don't worry' or 'it's OK', but it just keeps repeating 'death is not the end' all the way through. It depends on what you perceive 'the end' to mean, and whether it means the end of all life or the end of all suffering. I think the whole thing is very ambiguous.

    Also, how many people ACTUALLY believe in an afterlife? How many people are seriously going to hear this and think, 'Oh yeah, you're right actually, there is an afterlife so everything will be OK'...?

    If we were to interpret this in the 'positive' way then Dylan/Cave/everyone else would be saying 'Just remember...' as if it's a fact, when in fact a huge percentage of people don't believe in an afterlife and ultimately, no one really knows either way for certain.
    Songmeaningsuseron January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. It's a Bob Dylan cover. Actually I don't know who are the exact singers of each verse, but I think that I recognize PJ Harvey, Anita Lane, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Shane McGowen sing on it. Although I think that there is another male singer. He is the last one singing:
    When the cities are on fire
    With the burning flesh of men
    Just remember that death is not the end
    I suppose it's Blixa Bargeld...
    Painbeareron January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always saw this song in a very negative light. I don't know if it's meant to be percieved this way or not. I think rather than implying there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it's suggesting death is not the end to all your pain and suffering. So it's a partly depressive song to me.
    Sunquaion January 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo is the meaning:
    a) death is not the "end" as in "goal", so don't commit suicide;
    b) death is not the end of your pains, so don't commit suicide; or
    c) death is not the end, there are (better) things after, so *do* commit suicide?
    dantason May 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song was supposed to make you feel BETTER - all this misery and pain is not everything you're getting from this life-death thing, there's something better after death, it's not the end.
    And it definitly isn't a message to commit siucide (because there are better things after life), 'cause to gain that after life, you have to endure all good and bad things in this one - he mentiones "bright light of salvation"...
    ericahon May 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song was orignally intended to be hopeful which is why this cover is so brilliant. there is a real talent to covering a song redefining its meaning. I think here the depressive element is definitely what the song is striving for. I don't think it's even meant to be depressive though, it's almost though all your demons are laughing at the inability to escape your problems.
    woodenflooron November 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFantastically dark song. Its telling you that theres a way out of your suffering through suicide. Its a comforting and hopeful song for people whose lives are completley and utterly fucked. Whats the point of carrying on pointlessly if you've lost everything dear to you and theres no way out of your suffering? Death is not the end, theres a bettter place, so go on, end the pain and top yourself!
    ollydurranton June 05, 2008   Link

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