I lived a life of illusion and you had your kicks
So what, there's nothing left to do
And you and your obsessions and your crucifix
As if what I thought mattered much to you

And you were always my friend
From Childhood's End
It was forever and ever
Did you understand
It's Childhood's End
But never, the dream is over

Sunday morning in the New York Times
I read you died last night
It said you were smilin' when you blew your mind
And the note you left behind said

You were always my friend
From Childhood's End
Seems like forever and ever
Yeah, you won't have to have to pretend
It's near the end
You won't ever be a rock and roller
Yeah, you were always my friend
From Childhood's End
But never, the dream is over
You were just like me
I was just like you
For eternity I'll think of you

(Repeat chorus, fade out)
You've got something about you,
You've got something I need

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Childhood's End Lyrics as written by Gene Simmons Bruce Kulick

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    General CommentCarnival Of Souls is such a kick ass album! I think this song is talking about two close friends...ever since child hood then one day one of the friend learns that the other commited suicide but the friend will never forget his friend and he will always think of him.
    kissfreak93on July 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCoS was indeed a sweet abulm, I loved how the band was going in a more heavy metal direction. Too bad the reunion ended that whole idea.

    This is my favorite song on the album and I'm still pissed that it never was a single. The song is clearly about a guy remembering his now-dead friend. I always get a little misty-eyed when I hear it.

    I never thought Gene Simmons could sing with that much emotion, but he does a damn fine job here.
    Krendall2006on July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentKurt Kobain!
    he commeted sucide and thats what its about listen to the words!

    It said you were smilin' when you blew your mind
    And the note you left behind
    thats how i can tell beacuse he was smiling when he died and left a note!
    kissrockson November 02, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's Obviously About a Friend Of One Of The Members Who Have Been Friends Since Childhood "Hence Childhood's End" and They Offed Themselves And The Member Will Never Forget Them And He will Always Be a Part Of Them, For All We Know It Could Be About The Late and Great Eric Carr, Who Knows...
    SonofSimmons1994on September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGene recalled, “We haven’t decided on a title, maybe ‘Childhood Ends.’ It’s sort of about the loss of innocence. We’re all born and we don’t think about killing or anything, and then once the innocence of virginity or the virginity of innocence is gone... That one’s very dark, sort of like a hymn but again as I started listening right away you hear a sort of kinship to ‘Revenge,’ so we’re not straying at all” (KISS Crazy #17). “Childhood’s End” marked a further collaboration between Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer with input from Bruce Kulick.
    ssssssssson June 01, 2013   Link

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