"4 Chords of the Apocalypse" as written by and Julian Casablancas....
I hear it in your silence,
When you don't speak
Well what's funny then,
Isn't funny anymore.

I can hear it in your voice,
There's always a catch
We're going nowhere,
And we're going there fast.

Anything to watch
While we are waiting
For this apocalypse?
What more is there to do?

It's nice to be important
But so close to being despised
It's more important to be nice
I guess than being wise

I'll take you shopping
I take you dancing too
I take you out
All the thing you wanna do
And I'll give you diamonds
And I'll give you space
So be with anyone you want
It's alright with me.

Oh time is over
Don't you know that
If a time won't
Pause or burn
I'll stay right in my place
Now worry's over!

I hear it in your silence,
When you don't speak
There is a quiet, cryin' rage
Burning inside you, so deep.

I'd give you anything
But I'd give you problems
So be with anyone you want
It's alright with me.

I hear it in your voice
I see it in your lips
There's always a catch
I guess that's alright with me

When no one's around
'Cause the map says you're here
Now I can hear a loneliness
Screaming in my ear.

Oh, time is over
Don't you know that
If a time won't pause or burn
I stay right in my place
The war ain't over yet
This war ain't over yet

Being nice is only hard when others aren't
Our time is over


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"4 Chords of the Apocalypse" as written by Julian Casablancas

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  • +1
    General CommentThis, out of the blue, left and blue and glass are my favorite on the album. This song is truly amazing!! the chorus couldn't be timed better!
    AnimalFarmon October 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song!

    It must have taken a long time to write this. There are so many memorable quotes here.

    It's more important to be nice, I guess than being wise.
    and the last lines:
    Being nice is only hard, when others aren't.

    It's hard to hear whether he's saying: All time is over, or Our time is over.

    HertogHJon November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the best songs of the album, along with Out Of The Blue.
    Strokedownon October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt screams Sam Cooke.
    4ChordsoftheApocalypseon October 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm so in love with this song at the moment. It's incredibly beautiful. I love the chorus, Julian's voice and the way the song evolves... Pure beauty! And towards the end, when he screams out the lyrics... *sigh* Love him!

    Oh, there's a mistake: it should say "It's NICE to be important"
    *Gabby*on October 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOFFICIAL LYRICS (juliancasablancas.com)

    I hear it in your silence, when you don't speak
    What was funny then, isn't funny anymore
    I can hear it in your voice, there's always a catch
    We're going nowhere, and we're going there fast

    Anything to watch while we are waiting for this Apocalypse.
    What more is there to do?
    It's nice to be important, but so close to being despised
    It's more important to be nice, I guess, than being wise

    I'll take your shoppin', I'll takin you dancing too
    I'll take you out, all the thing you want to do
    I'll give you diamonds, and I'll you space
    So be with anyone you want, it's alright with me

    Our time is over
    Don't you know that if a time-warp was open
    I'd stay right in my place
    That war is over

    I hear it in your silence, when you don't speak
    There is a quiet crying rage, burning inside you so deep
    I'll give you anything, but I'll give you problems
    So be with anyone you want, it's alright with me

    I hear it in your voice, can see it in your lips
    There's always a catch... I guess that's alright with me
    No one's around, but the map says "you are here"
    Now I can hear loneliness screaming in my ear

    Our time is over
    Don't you know that if a time-warp was open
    I'd stay right in my place
    The war ain't over yet
    This war ain't over yet...
    Being nice is only hard when others aren't
    Our time is over
    *Gabby*on November 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI fell in love with this song when I first heard it.
    I love how the album mixes classic and modern sounds.
    One of the best albums i heard in years. :)
    skyyscraperon November 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimply beautiful...all comments valid, true.
    isn't his raw emotion and the play on the quote, "The war is over," fabulous?
    when I first heard the first chorus, I knew where he was going...

    "This war ain't over....

    yet"
    prilla1206on January 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:(

    "It's nice to be important, but so close to being despised
    It's more important to be nice, I guess, than being wise"

    -Machiavelli and Hitler wrote to lead, one must be feared as well as loved

    maybe it's more important to be nice....than to be "right"

    I love the parallels drawn between a war on logic and love in an intimate relationship...and the obvious war going on in 2009
    prilla1206on January 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, not saying it's the official meaning of the song because it doesn't apply to all of it, but parts of the song reminds me of The Strokes. Not musically, but the process of the 5 of them kind of drifting apart. Luckily, they're still together, but I think it's pretty obvious they've all grown a bit too far from each other.

    Anyways, I'd go into a full-on explanation of this song, but I just don't feel like it right now, ha. Amazing song, though.
    lucifordon February 04, 2011   Link

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