"Aftermath" as written by and Don Mclean....
Windows in a silent room, sunlight burns the walls to black
Angles and dimensions melt while colors drip and pillows crack
Reflections of my memories like pictures pasted on a sheet
The ribbon film of separate frames lying curled up at my feet

The film is just a snake design and the photographs are fading fast
These are not memories of mine I have no future, no past

I've seen a thousand afternoons dissolve into the night
Like sugar crystals on a spoon they disappear from sight

Gray days from the crispest morning to the warmest afternoon in this room

And I like to draw the face I saw so long ago
My image in the mirror tells the jagged lines which way to go

The black and white description of the sole survivor of the Holocaust
All the rest were lost

Do you see this paper face? It has no color or no mood
My eyes are ageless, as am I. I need no sleep, I need no food
I am a king, but like a child the other children laugh at me
Tongues of fire, wagging wild they dance around me merrily

I'll kill them all and if I fail I'll kill whoever I can find
Then they'll beg me to be kind

My eyes have seen far more than eyes can ever tell
This planet plunged through mushroom fires of earthly hell

I know that my sweet Jesus said that he'd return
But Babylon has fallen and the cities burn

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"Aftermath [#]" as written by Don Mclean

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    General CommentThis is one of the most startling songs I've ever listened to. I think it's about a bullied kid, but what's so haunting is how easily he can reconcile the feelings of faith in Jesus and the murdering of his enemies. and the imagery at the beginning of the song is so haunting... it's like the dropping of the Atom Bomb on Japan evolves into the Holocaust which evolves into the story of a depressed alcoholic painter, and then the painter remembering being taunted by his peers in childhood, and at the end when he says, "I'll kill them all and if I fail, I'll kill whoever I can find..." you can almost see him lift the bottle to his lips, eyes rolled back in his head, and at once praying and giving up hope that the prayer will be answered.
    TheThornBirdson February 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commentfantastic song, way better than his more generic pop output. Amazing imagery that like the previous poster said seems to be about different incarnations of despair, loss and disaster. Lyrics are excellent and the music is haunting.
    atomizeron October 14, 2010   Link

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