(Ten, nine)
(Eight, seven, six, five)
(Four, three, two, one)

We're leavin' together
But still it's farewell
And maybe we'll come back
To Earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We're leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?

It's the final countdown
The final countdown

Oh
We're headin' for Venus (Venus)
And still we stand tall
'Cause maybe they've seen us
And welcome us all, yeah
With so many light years to go
And things to be found (to be found)
I'm sure that we all miss her so

It's the final countdown
The final countdown
The final countdown (final countdown)
(Oh)
Oh

The final countdown, oh

It's the final countdown
The final countdown
The final countdown (final countdown)
(Oh)

It's the final countdown
We're leavin' together
(The final countdown)
We'll all miss her so
It's the final countdown (final countdown)
(Oh)
It's the final countdown
Yeah


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"The Final Countdown" as written by Joey Tempest

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  • +4
    General CommentWell, our sun has a life span of ten billion years and it is already middle aged. So, five billion years from now the Earth's star will be no more. Humans will have to leave Earth and go "light years" away, if they want to survive as a species. ("I guess there is no one to blame.")

    Hopefully, humans will find another suitable planet in another solar system much sooner than 4,999,999,999 years from now. "Cause maybe they've seen us and welcome us all." And humans will emigrate away from Earth by choice or necessity. There will be a "Final Countdown" for many people who want to move the new place or just check-out which planet is better ("and maybe we'll come back to Earth, who can tell?").
    lyricalONEon June 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis "sci-fi" song is a metaphor for the usual couple who decides to give love a shot. They know they are heading for a total unknown adventure - love can ruin a person or be Heaven, we bever know - so they compare it to going on a journey through the cosmos, far and unexplored, from where they may not return. "We're heading for Venus" is way too clear. Venus being the symbol of love.
    JimmyDavidon May 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always thought Europe's songs always leaned towards the sci-fi spectrum. This song underscores that point as well, even more so than the final verse of "Carrie."

    I think the song could be about a earth couple on their way out to explore and find other species. The line "Maybe they've seen us and welcome us all" underscores the point that maybe another species already knows of us and are waiting for humans to take the next jump. "The Final Countdown" being the amount of time before they leave the solar system.

    I don't know. Maybe I've just had too much beer every time I listen to this group...but it always sounds like their songs have a sci-fi feeling to them.

    Anybody agree?
    SongMeaningson May 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionAnd here I always thought that it was a tribute to the Australian television show Countdown last episode!
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    rooboy1999on July 20, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite Europe song and was my favorite song for a while until I got into Def Leppard and Iron Maiden. I agree with the first guy who posted, definitely some sci fi. Though you can tell that from the cover, which they ripped off from the Superman movies.
    Teufelon September 01, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Europe is quite good. The band is not too great tho. Hey if you ever draw a map of the EU countries, scandinavia looks like a penis.
    simonleeon November 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard that this song was about the Challenger blowing up in 1986, hence the space theme and it being "The Final Countdown." I honestly don't see why a Swedish band would care about the failure of another country's space program, or why they think they were leaving for Venus, but oh well.
    Tom Selleckon May 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentremember when VH1 & Blender magazine made a list of the 50 worst songs ever and they put this song at like #16? Blasphemy! How can you speak bad about a song like this, especially with that great voice the guy has?
    pikespiceon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentApparently my mum and dad used to dance to this song in the discos of Poland.
    Lester_91on October 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best 80's songs that there is.
    bill1985on January 15, 2007   Link

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