"The Indifference Of Heaven" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Written by Warren Zevon 1993 Zevon Music BMI

Time marches on
Time stands still
Time on my hands
Time to kill
Blood on my hands
And my hands in the till
Down at the 7-11
Gentle rain
Falls on me
All life folds back
Into the sea
We contemplate eternity
Beneath the vast indifference of heaven

The past seems realer than the present to me now
I've got memories to last me
When the sky is gray
The way it is today
I remember the times when I was happy

Same old sun
Same old moon
It's the same old story
Same old tune
They all say
Someday soon
My sins will all be forgiven
Gentle rain
Falls on me
All life folds back
Into the sea
We contemplate eternity
Beneath the vast indifference of heaven

They say "Everything's all right"
They say "Better days are near"
They tell us "These are the good times"
But they don't live around here
Billy and Christie don't--
Bruce and Patti don't--
They don't live around here

I had a girl
Now she's gone
She left town
Town burned down
Nothing left
But the sound
Of the front door closing forever

Gentle rain
Falls on me
All life folds back
Into the sea
We contemplate eternity
Beneath the vast indifference of heaven






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"The Indifference of Heaven" as written by Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentI love the line about the 7-11. Warren never shyed away from incorporating lyrics that are undeniably modern into his work. Certain writers, even ones I love, like Bob Dylan, in an effort to be timeless, will be impressionistic and try to write songs that could have been written 300 years ago or 300 years from now. Warren's songs have a very acute awareness of his place not only geographically, but of this moment in time as well, and that's just one of many rare treats his music has to offer.
    TheThornBirdson March 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPossibly my favorite. I think WZ is talking about how short life is, but how life carries on. We may lose a loved one to death, but that only affects us, and not the rest of the world.
    hakimikeon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe narrator thinks back on his past as he leaves the convenience store where he just murdered the teller and robbed the cash register.
    Enjolrason January 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBilly & Christie = Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
    Bruce & Patti = Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
    Hirostratuson February 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBilly & Christie = Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
    Bruce & Patti = Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa
    Hirostratuson February 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryWhen my partner was dying of cancer last year, especially during the last couple months when it was obvious she wasn't going to make it, this song was playing on almost endless loop in my mind...especially the third verse, and the lines about "the front door closing forever".

    I remember the night the ambulance came because she'd stopped breathing. As they loaded her up on the stretcher and got her out of there, I remember those few lines playing in my head over and over again, all through the drive to the hospital and the wait and when I was brought in to see the body for the last time. I will never be able to hear this song without going back to those moments. And sometimes, that's all right.
    justkellyon February 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentarooj!,I totally love this song! I actually don't think this song is about stalkers or anything, rather about everyone around Daniel and the rest of the band at the time after Frogstomp was released. Tey became famous and therefore people acted differently towards them and this was Daniel's response. He's mainly angry and depressed. He doesn't really care aobut life and wouldn't mind dying.
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    aroojon August 25, 2011   Link
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    General Commentarooj!,I totally love this song! I actually don't think this song is about stalkers or anything, rather about everyone around Daniel and the rest of the band at the time after Frogstomp was released. Tey became famous and therefore people acted differently towards them and this was Daniel's response. He's mainly angry and depressed. He doesn't really care aobut life and wouldn't mind dying.
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    aroojon August 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about loss and a man contemplating his mortality.
    Heaven doesn't give a flip.
    Girl leaves, black mood sets in...
    But he's also contemplating how short and meaningless life can be...
    Warren often sings about death...and mortality.
    Life ain't always pretty.
    dmk5n2on September 22, 2016   Link

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