Why does the sun go on shining,
Why does the sea rush to shore.
Don't they know, it's the end of the world,
Cause you don't love me anymore.

Why do the birds go on singing,
Why do the stars glow above.
Don't they know, it's the end of the world,
It ended when I lost your love.

I wake up in the morning and I wonder.
Why everything's the same as it was.
I can't understand, no I can't understand,
How life goes on the way it does.

Why does my heart go on beating,
Why do these eyes of mine cry.
Don't they know, it's the end of the world,
It ended when you said goodbye.

Why does my heart go on beating,
Why do these eyes of mine cry.
Don't they know, it's the end of the world,
It ended when you said goodbye.


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  • +2
    General Commentmy favorite movie is girl,interrupted. this song plays on an old record player during the scene where a girl hangs herself and there is not a single song that would have been more appropriate than this one-- the lyrics, which seem to communicate the emotions she felt while tying the noose, make her suicide all the more devastating. so many songs attempt to give off a vibe of real, sincere sadness but this one does the best job of it i have ever heard. the piano-played background is gorgeous, the lyrics are even more beautiful and yet so melancholy that the combination of the two creates a strange, apocalyptic kind of beauty that only someone who has lost the love of a lifetime can truly relate to. can you relate?


    dont they know it's the end of the world?
    it ended when you said goodbye.
    ps i love youon April 30, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a poem called Musee Des Beaux Arts by Auden, that has the exact same sentiment. How does the world carry on as if nothing had ever happened when there are disasters, wars and hearts being broken every day?
    I love the sheer simplicity of 'don't they know its the end of the world, cause you don't love me anymore'. There's no fancy flourish, or an overdone crescendo, just simple, sheer heartache.
    However, on a lighter side, there may be hope, as it states 'why does my heart go on beating', which could be interpreted as my body is carrying on, my body is surviving, but why? I'd take the fact that your body is surviving, as a sign that your mind is meant to, too.
    melodic_trashon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the most tragic songs that I have ever heard. This song definitely describes the extreme pain and hopelessness of the loss of somebody you love so deeply. I've definitely felt this way.
    "I wake up in the morning and I wonder.
    Why everything's the same as it was.
    I can't understand, no I can't understand,
    How life goes on the way it does"
    daydreamer1on May 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with you all. When you're in love, everything seems so beautiful, like it has meaning. As if twhen you're in love , it makes the world go round. Or, better said, they make YOUR world go round. But when its gone, the world isn't going to stop for you. It just keeps going.

    whether its about her father or not, its a very sad song, though still very good.
    as for girl, interrupted.. Great movie as well.
    danceintherainon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYep, I first heard this song when I watched girl interrupted. That scene was so beautifully tragic. It made me cry, and believe me, NEVER cry from movies.

    I believe it is about losing your faith in love, hope, happiness and life.
    Opium.Dollon October 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    MemoryIts so weird how all break ups can feel just like this but in really life we are all different! But as soon as one us loose someone we feel just as this song...
    We want everything to stop cuz that is how we feel deep down.
    when I went though my break up I couldn't believe Everything could just keep going when all I could do was think of what happen....
    Keep@iton January 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is devastatingly sad , it makes me wanna cry like i did just lose the best love i'd ever known.That was a very sad scene in girl interrupted,but this song could not have been more appropriate for that moment. so bittersweet and heart wrenching! definitely just about the devastation of a broken heart and what if feels like,like if your world is ending why does no one else notice??how can they just act like nothing has happened, when you know it has.Why/How if the pain is so much to bear should she or could she keep on living
    deepdivineon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou guys are right, this song is so depressing. it was perfect for that suicide scene and the whole movie.
    themeanredson October 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was thinking more of Funeral Blues by Auden. Its "dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean" bit reminds me of the opening of the song and the rest is similar too.
    Shadeson August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's a fact that this song is about when her dad died.
    spiralingpsychosison May 08, 2007   Link

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