"Pompeii" as written by and Johannes Egenberg Refsdal Andrew Donald John Davie....
We built our home out on the slopes
Pompeii beneath, she lay above
How she haunted our home
How she haunted our home

You were a god in my eyes
Above the clouds, above the skies
You were a god in my eyes
You were a god

You took me walking through the town
Showed me the statues underground
Said just don't they look in peace
Sometimes I wish that was me

I was the son you always had
Tugging at your coat when you were sad
I was the son you always had
I was the son you always had

Don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to

Just don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to

You said stay in the car and wait
There's just some things I have to say
Don't you know I miss her, too
I miss her just as much as you

So my father and my son
As you end what she's begun
You'll lie patient by her side
With roses red come lilies white

I was too young to understand
The flowers slipping from your hands
I was too young to understand
I was too young to understand

I was too young to understand
The flowers sleeping in her hands
I was too young to understand
I was too young to understand

Don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to

Please, just don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to

And just don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to

Please, just don't cry
Hold your head up high
She would want you to
She would want you to


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"Above the Clouds of Pompeii" as written by Johannes Egenberg Refsdal Andrew Donald John Davie

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    Song MeaningCould be about a father who did a mistake and by that mistake his wife died.
    The person who sings is a son to both of them, and tries to help his father, knowing it was only a mistake.

    We built our home out on the slopes
    Pompeii beneath, she lay above
    How she haunted our home
    How she haunted our home

    -This is when it just had happen, and they wanted to run away from the terrible thing that had happend. They built their home away from everything, wanting a new world, hoping everything would go away, but the wife/mother were still with them, in their minds and house.-

    You were a god in my eyes
    Above the clouds, above the skies
    You were a god in my eyes
    You were a god

    -Here the son says to the father that he had always seen his dad as a 'god', the one who could do everything. But now he doesn't know anymore.-

    You took me walking through the town
    Showed me the statues underground
    Said just don't they look in peace
    Sometimes I wish that was me

    -The father wanted to have peace, but he knew he couldn't, after what had happen. He looked at the statues and wanted to be gone from all bad.-

    And I was the son you always had
    Tugging at your coat when you were sad
    I was the son you always had
    I was the son you always had

    -The singer says to his father that he is there, and he can help him. He tried to make him feel good again, and tries to get his father to understand that he still got the son.-

    Oh please, just don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to
    She would want you to

    -The father shouldn't cry, because it was a mistake, and the wife knew that. She would want the father to get over what he did, and get on with his life, be a father to their son.-

    You said stay in the car and wait
    There's just some things I have to say
    Don't you know I miss her, too
    I miss her just as much as you

    -The father wants to be alone at the grave, so he can apologize alone, make it better. The singer also misses her, and want to be at the grave, but he can't, since the dad want to be alone.-

    So my father and my son
    As you end what you've begun
    You'll lie patient by her side
    Roses red and lilies white

    -The son part I don't know, but the father ends what he begun by killing himself at the grave, and that's why he wanted to be alone. Roses red is for the love the father had for his wife, and the white lilles are for innocence, as he knew he only did a mistake.-

    I was too young to understand
    The flowers slipping from your hands
    I was too young to understand
    I was too young to understand

    -He was only a kid when all this happend, and didn't know what had happen. The flowers slipping from his hand could be the a sign that he killed himself with flowers in his hand.-

    I was too young to understand
    The flowers sleeping in her hands
    I was too young to understand
    I was too young to understand

    -Could mean he had put red roses in her hands, and they would sleep in her hands forever, meaning the love the father had for her would always be there.-
    Pinoralon February 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThe vibe I got from this song is that the first half tells the story of this child's mother and I got the feeling that she suffered from depression and committed suicide and the second half tells about the father and how he doesn't know how to deal with outward expression of emotion and only knows how to grieve on his own.


    We built our home out on the slopes
    Pompeii beneath, she lay above
    How she haunted our home
    How she haunted our home


    This is symbolic because she is the volcano and her sadness is the lava that was cooking beneath the surface the whole time. On the outside she was stoic, but on the inside she was trying her best to push forward and keep the feelings at bay for as long as she could, but she was already a ghost. That's what it feels like when you're depressed. It's as if you are a ghost just floating along while life passes you by and happiness is this elusive thing that you feel you can never reach. Pompeii is symbolic of the life they knew before her death.


    You were a god in my eyes
    Above the clouds, above the skies
    You were a god in my eyes
    You were a god


    Most children see their parents as some variant of a god. Especially when a parent dies at a young age, their children tend to aggrandize the idea of the person rather than who they actually were. They will ask their ghost for guidance or say "what would mom/dad say/want me to do?"


    You took me walking through the town
    Showed me the statues underground
    Said just don't they look in peace
    Sometimes I wish that was me


    Yet another more obvious hint at her suicidal feelings. In my head I see a scene where they are visiting the grave of someone they knew, but it was a front for her to see where she would like to be laid to rest. This was something she had been planning for some time, but it was in the final stage.


    And I was the son you always had
    Tugging at your coat when you were sad
    I was the son you always had
    I was the son you always had


    I feel that this tells a little about one of the reasons behind her depression. Maybe she had made some not great choices when she was young and had an accidental pregnancy that she went through with because she knew she wouldn't be able to live with herself if she had terminated the pregnancy. This in turn caused her to settle down before she was ready and before she could find and fix herself. She had to devote her life to her family which in turn led her to not helping herself.


    Oh please, just don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to
    She would want you to


    Just don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to
    She would want you to


    This is the child saying it to himself trying to comfort himself after losing his mother.


    You said stay in the car and wait
    There's just some things I have to say
    Don't you know I miss her, too
    I miss her just as much as you


    The father wants a moment alone with his now late wife. He doesn't want his son to see him be "weak" but the son wants to express his sadness with his dad instead of either of them going through it alone.


    So my father and my son
    As you end what you've begun
    You'll lie patient by her side
    Roses red and lilies white


    This one is pretty self explanatory


    I was too young to understand
    The flowers slipping from your hands
    I was too young to understand
    I was too young to understand

    I was too young to understand
    The flowers sleeping in her hands
    I was too young to understand
    I was too young to understand


    People don't give kids enough credit. If you explain it to them in a soft, but real way, children understand death. It's a sad lesson that everyone has to learn eventually, but even worse when you're a child. I think as a child he understood that his mother died and would never come back, but as it shows he is grown now, he understands something different now that they wouldn't tell or show him when it happened. He sees his mother's depression in himself, but knows that she would have wanted him to beat it like she never could. He acknowledges his depression, but doesn't let it win.


    Don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to
    She would want you to

    Please, just don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to
    She would want you to
    sagetheseeron November 10, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti believe the song is talking about 2 parts of the singers life, being young and his mother going through depression, and taking her own life. the father, unable to tell that his wife was in pain, becomes depressed and and trying to take care of his son, the young child we are fallowing. the child, not understanding everything, but understanding that his mother is gone and his dad is sad, wants to help as much as the young boy can. he does not want his dad to hurt.
    the second part is when the boy has become a man, with a son of his own. the now grandfather lets his depression take over him and decides to fallow his wife. feeling the same guilt his father did about his mother, he realizes they were both oblivious to the people they loves pain. but instead of letting depression take over him and dying, he decides to live on with his life, not letting the sadness passed onto him, take over his life.
    theclockon April 25, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningThe other comments here have inferred that there was trauma in the death of the mother, either that there was an accident caused by the father or that the mother took her own life. I don't see anything in the lyrics that make me think that way so I thought I would add my own interpretation.

    "We built our home...she lay above
    How she haunted our home
    You were a god in my eyes"

    The loss of a mother and a spouse would weigh heavily on any home, both father and son are grieving. The child imagines the mother is in heaven/above.
    It's not uncommon for a child to see their father as a giant/god. Shows that the author was very young at the time.

    "You showed me the statues underground
    Said just don't they look in peace
    Sometimes I wish that was me"

    When Pompeii was buried statues were formed of the people in the town fast enough that some are in poses that look serene, peaceful. The child envies the peaceful visage and perhaps sometimes wishes he were with his mother in heaven.

    "Don't cry
    Hold your head up high
    She would want you to"

    Mother would want father to be strong and go on, despite the loss he feels.

    "You said stay in the car and wait
    There's just some things I have to say
    Don't you know I miss her, too
    I miss her just as much as you"

    A child unable to understand his fathers grief, nor the need for a moment alone. Almost could be construed as a petulant tantrum.

    "So my father and my son
    As you end what she's begun
    You'll lie patient by her side
    With roses red come lilies white"

    This to me suggests now that the child is grown, mature, and has come to feel responsible for his elderly father (and is also referring to his father as his son).
    He cares for his father as death approaches, and reflects on how father has completed the task his mother started by giving birth (caring for their son).

    "I was too young to understand
    The flowers slipping from your hands
    The flowers sleeping in her hands"

    A father overcome with grief drops the flowers he is holding, child doesn't understand the process of a funeral, just too young. Remember that he see's his father as a God, and God's don't cry. Nothing makes sense to the child right now.

    This is an absolutely beautiful song, a wonderful half of a touching conversation as a son comes to understand his father.
    matthew116on March 31, 2017   Link

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