"Splitting the atom" as written by Robert Del Naja, Neil Davidge, Damon Albarn and Grantley Evan Marshall....
The baby was born
Nettles and Ferns
The evening it chokes
The candle it burns
This disguise covers
Bitter lies
Repeating the joke
The meaning it dies
Pass me a coat I'm not afraid to leave
I'm letting you know
I know what you need
I'll turn you around
This beautiful town
And then you'll believe it when your eyes then deceive you

Its easy, don't let it go
Its easy, don't let it go
Its easy, don't let it go
Don't Lose It

Its getting colder outside
Your rented space
They shadow box and they
Paper chase
It never stops
And we'll never learn
No hope without dope
The jobless return
The bankers have bailed
The mighty retreat
The pleasure it fails
At the end of the week
You take it or leave
Or what you receive
To what you receive
Is eternited leave

Its easy, don't let it go
Its easy, don't let it go
Its easy, don't let it go
Don't lose it

Incandescent light at doors
In adolescent menopause
In little clicks you got the music stops
The needle sticks and the penny drops
The summer's gone before you know
The muffled drums of relentless flow
You're looking at stars that give you Vertigo
The sun's still burning and dust will blow
Honey scars I'll keep you near
Our blood is gold nothing to fear
We killed the time and I love you dear
A kiss of wine we'll disappear
The last of the last particles
Divisible invisible
The last of the last particles
Divisible invisible


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"Splitting the Atom" as written by Grantley Marshall Damon Albarn

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  • +3
    General CommentIMO, it seems this is about the bomb hiding inside us. This song seems to tell a story of the "beginning and the end" A baby born then dies, a man ready to leave, but his life follows and haunts him to the point of self destruction. Again, just my take on it. Either way this a dark song on an equally dark and amazing album. One of MA's best!
    Skitzophrenicalon June 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the entire song may just be about having your hopes crushed when things don't turn out the way you'd envisioned.

    The first few lines seem to be about a relationship/marriage gone sour. Then after the chorus of "it's easy, don't let it go..." the second stanza seems to be about a financial failure.

    For the third stanza containing the title of the track... Well... I'll have to think about it. I don't quite get it yet.
    mbs3580on October 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningSounds to me about the kind of repetitiveness of modern life.
    People are born and are young with hope and ambition to change the world but slowly start to find the world worse and turn to drugs to cope and lose all hope. They manage to get a job and work to get their weekly pay and find a partner and have children and the whole thing happens again.
    human4lyfon June 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure what this song is about its entirety but these lines seem political.

    "They shadow box and they
    Paper chase
    It never stops
    And we'll never learn"

    paper chase = wall street greed?

    "No hope without dope
    The jobless return
    The bankers have bailed
    The mighty retreat"

    the economy?

    "The pleasure it fails
    At the end of the week
    You take it or leave"

    people are a slave to their paycheck?
    mbs3580on October 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song is about the end of the world due to an atomic bomb. ?
    StarOfLeoon November 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust to clear up the things:

    "'Splitting the Atom' is about the repetition of certain circles and trying to work out where you fit in the loop," says Del Naja of the EP's lead track. "For us now socially, in the UK, in the new recession, remembering the recession of the '80s and watching us repeat the same thing, I think it's interesting watching the cycle of life, not necessarily positively interesting."
    kuku26on April 03, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commentit's 'the last of the last particles, the visible invisible.' not 'Divisible invisible'
    mazzystuffon October 04, 2010   Link

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