Rose Clouds of Holocaust
Rose Clouds of Flies
Rose Clouds of Bitter
Bitter, Bitter Lies

And When The Angels
Of Ignorance
Fall Down From Your Eyes
Rose Clouds of Holocaust
Rose Clouds of Lies.......

Rose Clouds of
Twilight Truth
Rose Clouds of Night
Rose Clouds of Harvested
(Love, All Alight)

And When The Ashes of Life
Fall Down From The Skies
Rose Clouds of Holocaust
Rose Clouds of Lies.....

And Festivals End
As Festivals Must
From The Hooded Crows of Rome
To The Falcons of Zagreb
Oh, Mother Victim of Jesus
Lie Down in Sydney's Dust
For Festivals End
As Festivals Must


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    one of the most beautiful pieces of art about world war II; often misconstrued as denying or supporting the holocaust by shallow readers and moralists. i am very aware of douglas p.’s far right sympathies (i don’t know if he is a literal nazi), but this song is not supporting the third reich by any means. the song is also not a simple symbol of condemnation of the holocaust (like many ‘art’ is), but an artistic reflection on what happened. my personal take:

    holocaust comes from the ancient greek language, it means burnt offerings/fire sacrifice. the image of pink clouds rising out from the ovens is beautiful and complex. it contains, from the nazi point of view, the idea that jews are the root of evil, and therefore that sacrificing them with fire, to ‘history’ so to speak, is warranted. however, they eventually find out they aren't a holocaust (a justified sacrifice), but a lie. it is a reflection on the supporters of nazism, and the way in which they fled reality with their romantic view of history and the goal of the ‘germanic peoples’, but in a way which is not moralistic or pigeonholing them as metaphysical evil

    but “festivals end, as festivals must” (pagan harvest festivals, taking place at the end of summer, also made use of human sacrifice sometimes. did they regret what they did after they saw that winter came nonetheless and they didn’t have enough food?). the hooded crows of rome (fascist italy), the falcons of zagreb (the collaborationist ustase party in croatia helped murder many people under german rule). i find the solemnity in the phrase ‘but festivals end, as festivals must’ especially beautiful. it is the tragic acknowledgement of someone who realizes that the romantic lie under which he was living has to end, and he has to come to grips with the non-rosy reality of what happened

    charleskinboteon October 10, 2021   Link
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    General Comment

    And When The Ashes of Life Fall Down From The Skies

    my word that is some line, I think I'll go & listen to black lace or something, that is way too heavy as our hippie friends say!

    zanzibarchutneyon December 02, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Inspired by a visit to Bosnia during the war

    imrazoron September 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning

    Well, Mr.P definitely isn't denying the Holocaust, but he'd love it if you thought he did.

    uzpurneon March 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    As far as the last comment goes, I don't believe it's "all that", so to speak. I was hoping someone might be able to explain these lyrics, in particular: ‘From the hooded crows of Rome' ‘To the falcons of Zagreb' ‘Oh, Mother victim of Jesus' ‘Lie down in Sydney's dust'

    Now, I get that Sydney is in Australia, but other than that I have no idea what he means by these verses. Anyone?

    80sMusicRuleson October 20, 2014   Link

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