Years ago you said to me
"I think I'm losing the fight
Or the fight's losing me
I'm not certain"
And here we are
The closing scene
And all the house lights come up
Oh, the falling of our final curtain

I've played a role so long that I've forgotten myself
I said I'd be there and I'm keeping my word
You've played yourself so well
And now I want to be you
A great imitation of losing my nerve

So it's over
And everything is wrong
Everything is gone
I know that everything means nothing
Oh, it's over
I don't want to fight
I don't want to be right
I know that everything means nothing
On the road to Damascus they fell

I saw the light
I saw the light
But hey, it never saw me
Oh, conversion has just left me heathen
And we could wait a thousand years
Perhaps a million or more
If it's worth waiting for
But I'm leaving

And so on to a mecca of earthly delights
Depression is only desire deprived
Once more unto the breach and fuck my getting it right
We've died for so long
Let's just get out alive

'Cause it's over
And everything is wrong
Everything is gone,
I know that everything means nothing,
Oh, it's over
And I don't want to fight
I don't want to be right
I know that everything means nothing
On the road to Damascus they fell
Well I've been to Damascus

Hell is where I'm gonna be
The devil my intimate friend
And hell is other people's hearts
And knowing that everything must end

Oh, it's over
And everything is wrong
Everything is gone
I know that everything means nothing
Oh, it's over
But I don't want to fight
I don't want to be right
I know that everything means nothing

Oh, it's over
Oh

Oh, it's over
And I don't want to fight
I don't want to be right
I know that everything means nothing
On the road to Damascus they fell
Well, I've been to Damascus as well


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    General CommentThis is an absolutely beautiful song, and I am surprised why anyone has not commented on it. I love this song, but I just can't seem to get what she is really talking about. Its driving me nuts anyone there to help!!
    liklrabbiton September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI hardly ever seem to get what she's talking about but whatever it is I love it. Your right this is beautiful and I'm surprised how little responses all of her songs have got.
    starydanceron October 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song its just so darn pretty.
    wolf cubon October 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere's a short story called Damascus that Nerina wrote herself, go to nerinapallot.com to the Stories section. it's a great read. well written, and gives depth and insight to this beautiful song.
    smart woman, she is.
    portalqeyon March 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it only me, that understand what she means?
    Musicholicon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo Damascus is a city in India where Nerina's mum took her when she was very young.

    The first verse is about actors who've lost themselves. Here is what she says in her blog:
    "What happens when we change, but not for the good of those we have loved so intensely once before? Envy the actor, who has lost all sense of himself and can play the role required, yet still believes he is his own authentic self."
    But I don't understand what it's got to do with Damascus.

    And the chrous is about is about depressed, miserable people who think they're living for nothing?
    scottshawon June 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, damascus is about a break up.
    The first verse, the speaker is saying how they have faked their way through the relationship
    "i've played a role so well that i've forgotten myself!" and he/she keeps linking the relationship with acting "the falling of our final curtain" "the closing scene"
    Wunderkind92on July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVery similiar in theme and concept to Tori Amos' A Sorta Fairytale. Also a great song. In that song, a couple go on a road trip, pull back the masks and find that they can't make it work...
    om_1109on November 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwrong, damascus is NOT in india, its on Syria,middle east, its considered as one of the most beutiful cities after Prague
    vauinon November 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think she references the conversion of St.Paul (also known as the Damascus Road Experience) in this song.

    "I saw the light
    I saw the light
    But hey, it never saw me
    Oh, conversion has just left me heathen"

    When St.Paul had his conversion experience, on the way to Damascus,he saw a flash of light (it was him receiving the message of Jesus Christ) and this what she seems to be suggesting. It seems to be her conveying her lack of religious beliefs especially with her saying that 'conversion has just left me heathen'. She seems to suggest that whatever she believes she will be a 'heathen' in someone's eyes so why bother converting at all.

    "And we could wait a thousand years
    Perhaps a million or more
    If it's worth waiting for
    But I'm leaving"

    If we continue looking at this through a religious viewpoint this could be Nerina Pallot talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ. She is saying that we could wait for it to happen, but is it worth it or will it even happen? She says that she is leaving so she won't bother keeping up the religion any more. I have to admit I'm not too sure about this one but it seems that Damascus may be used as an outlet to express some misgivings about religion. Mecca is even referenced giving more evidence for some religious undercurrents in the song.

    As for the rest of the song it seems to just be out depression and about her feeling unhappy with the state of her life and she just wants to leave.
    Margentinaon November 11, 2007   Link

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