"Oblivion" as written by and Jared Leto....
The enemy arrives
Escape into the night
Everybody run now, everybody run now
Break into another time

This enemy of mine
Divinity defines
Everybody run now, everybody run now
Everybody run now, everybody run

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down
I'm waiting for the day to come

Come with us to the right
Join in the fight
Everybody run now, everybody run now
Break into another time

The enemy divides
Division will unite
Everybody run now, everybody run now
Everybody run now, everybody run

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down
I'm waiting for the day to come

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down

America, it's all so beautiful
Until it goes away

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down

Under the burning sun
I take a look around
Imagine if this all came down


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"Oblivion" as written by Jared Leto

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    General Comment"divinity defines" - religion is usually the first thing that people define themselves by, and use to separate themselves into enemies and friends, on a worldwide-scale, at least, which fits into the "unity divides" and the whole war overtones of this song.

    GODDAMN I love this band.
    Phyxiuson April 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionThe line that says "America is oh so beautiful." Should be

    "A miracle is oh so beautiful"

    This song has nothing to do with America.
    ray8806on April 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti absolutely love this song....the first time i heard it, i got goose bumps. this band rocks on a whole new level. and i'm addicted!
    ilovemymadmenon September 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of their sadder-seeming songs. At least it seems that way to me. Something about the way it's sung gives it a really nostalgic and slightly tragic mood.

    I tend to see most 30 Seconds to Mars songs as short fiction in song form (which is really, REALLY creative and just awesome), so I take this song mostly literally. It's a sci-fi story, albiet a cryptic one.

    But listening to it again, really thinking about it, I found another meaning in it.

    I think it's about someone daydreaming about an apocalyptic event, and imagining if it happened right then ("under the burning sun, I take a look around, imagine if this all came down"). Now, thinking about that would probably scare most people, but the narrator of the song actually, in a deep, dark, visceral part of the mind, secretly looks forward to it, if and when it happens ("I'm waiting for the day to come"). Just look at the tone, especially in the middle part of the song. Doesn't it make it seem like it would be almost exciting for humankind to be taken down a few notches and return to fighting and running for our lives every day? S/he probably notices that, in society as it exists now, people tend to be subtly combative with one another, and show little care for others. But imagine what would happen if we had to help each other search for food and water, or protect our group from others? We would probably feel a lot more solidarity ("unity divides, division will unite").

    Given that meaning, it's a very interesting song. I know I'm one of the people who sometimes think it would be a huge load off if a drastic change in the world would pull me out of my mundane life and launch me in to a fight for survival.
    Atagamay41on December 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing this one, these guys gonna be big in a few months. Read my Lips!
    Pitfaceon August 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing! It has the best atmospheric sound to it.

    I think the song is about war, and the after effects of war.
    "The Enemy Arrives" meaning the enemy has come.
    "Imagine If This All Came Down" probably means the war, or fight could tear down the world we live in.
    j o r d a n 2 0 0 4on August 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis IS the best song on this disk, bar none.
    B18CXon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis IS the best song on this disk, bar none.
    B18CXon August 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is cool it is almost how i feel at the very moment how i might explode into a oblivion and just don't know where or when okay peace.
    bornonaugust10thon July 03, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"Under th burning sun" - Sounds like war in a desert.

    "Divinity defines.." could be the only difference between the 'armies' is their religion.
    return2zeroon December 21, 2005   Link

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