In my rear view mirror the sun is going down
Sinking behind bridges in the road
And I think of all the good things
That we have left undone
And I suffer premonitions
Confirm suspicions
Of the holocaust to come.

The wire that holds the cork
That keeps the anger in
Gives way
And suddenly it's day again.
The sun is in the east
Even though the day is done.
Two suns in the sunset
Could be the human race is run.

Like the moment when the brakes lock
And you slide towards the big truck
"Oh no!"
"Daddy, Daddy!"
You stretch the frozen moments with your fear.
And you'll never hear their voices
And you'll never see their faces
You have no recourse to the law anymore.

And as the windshield melts
The Martinis evaporate
Leaving only charcoal to defend.
Finally I understand the feelings of the few.
Ashes and diamonds
Foe and friend
We were all equal in the end.

"And now the weather. Tomorrow will be cloudy with scattered showers
Spreading from the east with an expected high of 4000 degrees

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by Mellow_Harsher, spisani

Two Suns in the Sunset song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentA sad song about a nuclear holocaust. And you can't do anything about it.
    kevveron May 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song IS about nuclear holcaust. ROGER said it himself and i think its obvious also. the sun in the east in the a-bomb, "we were all equal IN THE END", "could be the human race is run" (run out). the "panic attack idea is awesome piper. ROGER is simply comparing the 2 and there similarities. also, "as the windshield melts" is another obvious reference. this song is another great example of ROGERS ' amazing powers of obsevation.....vation....vation), and beautiful way with words.
    eddievanhillbillyon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentImmediately after buying this album I went in my room, cranked the volume, and turned off all the lights as I stared at the ceiling. I listened to the whole thing straight through and by the time I got to this song I was bawling. I couldn't remember having cried so hard in years. Some say that it is too sad and depressing but dang is it powerful... I love this song. Makes you really think about how quickly life can fall apart and how fragile we all are.
    Bmysteron April 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell i see this as two describes an apocalypse like alot of people said. but i think that it is more of an awakening. you can live your life as you want up until "the moment when the brakes lock
    and you slide towards the big truck...". but as soon as that is happening you fear what you are going to leave in your life. understanding of the world...even though it is not universally accepeted..."finally I understand the feelings of the few, ashes and diamonds, foe and friend, we were all equal in the end" most important. we all live. we all leave.
    zigzachon June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that Rogers voice is unlike most others, but it perfectly suits the songs he sings..and it fits the style of music he sings to.
    LVHon May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIncredible, piperatthewall. I suppose there is somewhat of a panic element, but I think it's less panicking than sort of fearful resignedness. I suppose the panic thing makes sense in terms of the individual lines, though... Still, this is a pretty blatant example of taking a small part of a whole, examining them out of context, and drawing conclusions that have little to do what was actually meant. Reminds me of creationist literature...
    Azzathothon November 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlike the moment when the brakes lock
    and you slide towards the big truck
    you stretch the frozen moments with your fear
    and you'll never hear their voices
    and you'll never see their faces
    you have no recourse to the law anymore

    Great image here. It describes the feeling that you'd probably have in either of the situations (the panic attack or nuclear holocaust).
    nukethesunon November 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsuch a simple yet pretty song... pink floyd rulz
    HighwayStaron November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember my Dad telling me as a kid, if I ever saw a 'second' sun in the sky, to head for the basement (as if that'd actually help much, but who knows?) So I understood the reference immediately, but I wanted to let everyone know that there is also a picture in the TFC cd insert that shows the sunset in the rearview mirror, and a nuclear explosion in front of the vehicle.
    Delusiaon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a perfect end to a great album. it sends shivers down my spine. also i think that as roger waters knew that the band would split after this album he wanted this to be the "final cut" (their last album) and thats why he didnt want pink floyd to carry on afterwards. just a thought...
    dom_stapletonon May 04, 2005   Link

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