"After the Curtain" as written by and Zach Condon....
What can you do
When the curtain falls

What will you do
When the curtain falls
You'll

Left, right


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"After the Curtain" as written by Zach Condon

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    General CommentDoes he say, "Left, Right" AND, "That's Right?"
    Also, isn't his mumbling reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright and Thom Yorke?
    WBagginson October 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think of it as a song about the inevitable, and our inevitable decisions. If you think about it this way, when the curtain falls, there are only two things you can do--you can either exit left or exit right. It's sort of like a "what path will you take?" question, or the fork in the road. You are faced with a timely decision and you have to decide right then and there. whichever you choose will bring you somewhere different for the moment, but ultimately the same--you will have exited and it will have been your choice which way to go.
    alovelyfadeouton June 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is soooooooooooo magical!!!!!!
    slinkstersarson March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think taht this song is so pretty!
    i don't rely know what it means tho... it could mean nothing i dont know... but it makes me happy as do most of their songs.
    cooourton April 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me. Given Beirut's fascination with Easter European music, there many references to Europe and the cold war the curtain mentioned is deffinatley the iron curtain seperating the east and the west during the cold war.

    To me it's asking questions about the state of the world after the supposed end of the cold war. It deffinatley is a very broad question. However this makes me think of the way that all governments use fear as the catalyst to drive their policies. During the cold war they had the fear created by the soviet union. Now they have the fear created by terrorism.

    If I was saying these lines I would be asking whether we will ever change. Wether we will stop reacting fearfully and choose rather to risk some of our own self rightious pride and have a more open and embracing foreign policy.
    jpfennigon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd will the Eastern Europe ever become something more than the left side of the iron curtain? Will the right side overcome the stereotype?
    deszczon July 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh...Cold War, interesting explanation.
    sunnyueon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe feeling of pure elation and ecstasy present in this song suggests the fall of the curtain is not only a new begining, but the beginning of something magical.

    Go to Berlin and you can see the results written on the walls.
    dismembermenton September 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo does anyone else see the correlation between this song and Scenic World, not only in music arrangement but lryics to??
    senslemanon September 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with jpfennig that the lyrics could easily be about the Iron Curtain and the political uncertainty of that area of the world.
    stinkysoulon October 15, 2007   Link

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