"Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung" as written by and Wayne/drozd Coyne....
Running to the station holding hands
Now the volcano is flowing red
Something there will change us into sand

Now we'll be forever holding hands
Lava and tephra will form our bed
Now the royal flames of Pompeii bless
All our senses, all our senses, all our senses


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"Pompeii Am Götterdämmerung" as written by Steven Drozd Wayne Coyne

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    General CommentPompeii is the old roman city that got covered by the leavings of a volcano, and no trace of the city was found for about 1500 years. Gotterdammerung means basically the beginning of the end.

    I think this is a recount of a couple just doing their thing in pompeii that day, and how the found out just how not-in-our-hands this life really is, but i also think it is a warning of sorts that the end for us is near(gotterdammerung). the couple represent the things in this life that are lovely, and it is a recognition that love and greatness still exist, and the universe does recognize love as well, but larger issues have to be addressed. The second verse assures us that lovers are going to be taken care of when the end comes. The image of "forever holding hands", the comfort we draw from our "bed", and "all our senses" being blessed. These are all soothing images that are tied to a brutal, firey end to existence.

    The music alone has such a powerful sad beauty to it that it makes it hard for me to realize what the message of this song is supposed to be. But I know it weighs a ton.

    btw-I fucking love this song, and the Lips!
    loaferon April 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see a parallel between this song and "Feeling Yourself Disintegrate." The thought of something totally ending, disappearing from existence, the thought of your own mortality, and the seemingly random nature of the very existence of the universe and of just living in general.
    suclid003on April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentapocalypse
    sam samsonon April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with loafer's interpretation. there is also a nod to Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii concert film going on. The music, particularly the bass/drums sound quite a bit like the music the Floyd was producing when they filmed the Pompeii movie.

    This is also the first Lips song in quite some time where Wayne doesn't sing vocals. They are sung by Steven Drozd
    tomautoon May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song - my favorite from the album - sounds like Pink Floyd Animals record - Sheep? Anyway this is the only track I really like - bit dissapointed with the rest.
    Lemonheadon June 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song could be about the overwhelming experience of death. Also that the natural forces of nature are something that no one of us can control. It is also about the power and beauty of surrender.
    jamthedudeon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song could be about the overwhelming experience of death. Also that forces of nature are something that no one of us can control. It is also about the power and beauty of surrender.
    jamthedudeon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPOMPEII AM GTTERDMMERUNG
    A galloping Godhead melody (reminiscent of the German National Anthem) telling a vague story of a young couple planning their suicide. They live in a place where there are volcanoes erupting and they are going to take the train up the mountain and jump into the flowing lava as a symbolic sacrifice of their restricted love. The triumphant quality of the arrangement suggests that, just before they obliterate themselves, they realize that to make such a decision, to destroy yourself, is really just a point of internal motivation leading to outward action. And, if they could do something as extreme as annihilating themselves, why couldn't they just try to change the circumstances that have limited them?.... Action is all we have.... Worth mentioning is that this is Steven's first lead vocal on a Flaming Lips track...

    from "Song Notes From The Sorceror's Orphan"
    NubSson July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, and I really get the romantic vibe from the lyrics too, along with the music. Sort of Romeo & Julietesque that they have a choice until fate and human impulse wins out in the very end.
    suclid003on April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentINCREDIBLE
    GabrielDeRoseon June 19, 2007   Link

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