"Above the Clouds of Pompeii" as written by Bear's Den (Communion Publishing). Produced and Mixed by Ian Grimble, Tenor horn and trumpet by Paul Frith, and Mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios....
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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  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song to means feels strongly of a boy who lost his mother or possibly grandmother at a young age. The father is talking to the sun about how he misses her to but that she wouldn't want them to cry and would want them to hold their heads up high.

    My favourite line in this song is roses red come lilies white. From romance to death symbolized in such a succinct poignant way.

    This song makes me feel so many emotions. Based on this and most of the songs from the Agape EP I feel like at least one member of this band had a unimaginably bad childhood and you can hear it in their voices.
    tobiinon August 13, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI had similar thoughts to the meaning as ^ tobiin but I believe it is in the perspective of the son not the father and he is singing to his father about the loss of his mother (the mans wife)

    The clues being:

    "You were a god in my eyes": Sing about his father as a strong role model
    "Said just don't they look in peace"
    "Sometimes I wish that was me": Following the loss of his wife he is now morose
    "I was the son you always had": A change to rhyme something with sad to reinforce the point his father is morose but also to kinda confirm the one singing is the son not the father.

    "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"

    Could be at the funeral or visiting the grave, father wants to be alone with his personal grief and the son doesn't seem to be fully aware of what has happened but is since saying she was my mother too, why did you block me out from your grief.

    Ultimately it is about a son who was too young to love his mother like his father did but is trying to help his father move on and not dwell on the past.
    AndersBon September 24, 2015   Link
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    General CommentBearing in mind that what we see in the masks others wear often reflects our own demons, I'd be inclined to believe the symbolism around Pompeii and her above the clouds lends to his mum being angelic, already dead inside, already empty and depressed, and the father and son yearning to be with her, the fickle, passing lives below, ready to be taken. The son, too young to understand her eventual death, but encouraged that she wants him to continue to hold his head up in spite of it.

    Along which lines, "as you end what she's begun" along with "you stay in the car and wait" sounds an awful, awful lot like the father goes to her grave to commit suicide too, unable to bear the grief. The singer now older and more mature, able to understand death, still too young to understand that profound grief, to understand why the flowers were slipping from his father's now dead hands. Hence the redoubled reminder that in light of further hardship, he's more determined to hold his head up, to not succumb to grief.
    ssadanandon October 08, 2015   Link

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