Thought that I died today
Walked off the stage
Faded away up through the clouds
To 'the gig in the sky'
And when I arrived, the angels were singing this song
Yeah you know the one, are you singing along?

Thought I’d know just what to do
That it'd be how I wanted it to
The Ox and Moon were counting me in
I had to give in
Make the thunder and lightning sing
In the eye of the storm, there’s no right and no wrong

So long, so long
Someday all the world will sing my song
Still life remains
Somewhere in my heart the beat goes on

I thought it was the end of the world
Beat with guitars, and all that I understand
Is air through metal and wood
I’m misunderstood
And wasted on money and fame
I’ll throw it away
Just to prove that I can
I’m the last of a dying breed
And it’s not the end of the world, oh no
It’s not even the end of the day

So long, so long
Someday all the world will sing my song
Still life remains
Somewhere in my heart the beat goes on

So long, so long
Someday all the world will sing my song
Still life remains
Somewhere in my heart the beat goes on

So long, so long
Someday all the world will sing my song
Still life remains
Somewhere in my heart the beat goes on


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    General CommentFor me this song is an expression that good music like Andy Bell's doesn't get appreciated.

    "Thought that I died today
    Walked off the stage
    Faded away up through the clouds
    To 'the gig in the sky'
    And when I arrived, the angels were singing the song" , a gig in heaven = sublime music and only angels would recognize good music like it's a dream, and the last part "yeah you know the one, are you singing along?" is also a test of the listener if they're singing along to good music or not

    "I'm the last of a dying breed
    And it's not the end of the world, oh no
    It's not even the end of the day". he's the last of good songwriters / people that recognize good music, but still as it's just music, it's not the end of the world, which he also says with "Still life remains" and the song has a positive vibe to it with "somewhere in my heart the beat goes on" that at least he recognizes the good music. the song is somewhat sentimental in its melody too as if to imply that good music mostly is of the past.

    Dunno that's my take anyway, might be about something entirely different.
    fetfinduson July 08, 2011   Link

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