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We held hands on the last night on Earth
Our mouths filled with dust
We kissed in the fields and under trees
Screaming like dogs and bleeding dark into the leaves
It was empty on the edge of town but
We knew everyone floated along the bottom of the river
So we walked through the waste where the road curved into sea
And the shattered seasons lay
And the bitter smell of burning was on you like a disease
In our cancer of passion you said
"Death is a midnight runner"

The sky had come crashing down like the news of an intimate suicide
We picked up the shards and formed them into shapes of stars
That wore like an antique wedding dress
The echoes of the past broke the hearts of the unborn
As the ferris wheel silently slowed to a stop
The few insects skittered away in hopes of a better pastime
I kissed you at the apex of the maelstrom and asked
If you would accompany me in a quick fall
But you made me realize my ticket wasn't good for two

I rode alone
You said "The cinders are falling like snow"
There is poetry in despair and we sang with unrivaled beauty
Bitter elegies of savagery and eloquence
Of blue and grey
Strange, we ran down desperate streets and carved our names
In the flesh of the city
The sun has stagnated somewhere beyond the rim of the hirizon
And the darkness is a mystery of curves and lines
Still, we lay under the emptiness and drifted slowly outward
And somewhere in the wilderness we found salvation
Scratched into the Earth like a message

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    General CommentI think that the whole thing is a 'how would you feel if..' sort of thing. I heard that Jade wrote the first/third part and Davey wrote the second. Can anybody clarify that for me?

    I love how this part just leads right into This Time Imperfect. It really makes you feel for the song.
    britty_chanon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful

    I'm still thinking of exactly what I get from this poem. But, I can't get over the odd thought that the "you" in this isn't actually a person, but an emotion or state of mind or sometihing
    XmiseriaXcantareXon May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant poem..I cant believe no one's commented on this yet! I think I get the general jist of the idea it's trying to explain. But its too vague for me to get if theres a definite subject or meaning from it, but what the hey I'll give it a try...

    The first time a heard it, I automatically noticed how a young boy speaks first, then a man(I think it's Davey?!), then an elderly man. So i guess in some ways it's showing a whole lifetime, and how you would interpret the world from different ages. But the first paragraph is pretty technical for a kid:P This also gave me the idea of birth,life and death,the 3 stages of existence,is it?

    I also got the impression that something horrible has happened,maybe a war, hurricane, tsunami, bush getting re-elected?maybe deeper 'metaphorical' meanings i dont know. And also by the end of it all the shit has gone and everything's good now "we found salvation scracthed into the earth like a message"(last line).

    And he's always refering to "you" and "we",which could possibly be anyone,a girlfriend, friend, Mum, Dad, brother, sister, dog, plant, the listener of the song?OR he could be talking to a different person in every paragraph,or line?who knows?

    Anyway, thats all i got outta that, pretty crappy i know, but yea, i'm not much of a thinker, what are your thoughts?goodbye, good night, thankyou. I'm here till thursday, try the veil!
    andante_66on September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's about two people surviving the armageddon.
    You'll be a memoryon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis poem is really pretty. i love listening to it
    poodleactionon December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love listening to this poem. is there an official name to it? anyway, i think its about armagedon and being the last two people on earth, maybe its reffering to love and how wen ur with that special someone it feels as if ur the only ones on earth. but it sounds as if it has a much darker meaning. like suicide "If you would accompany me in a quick fall
    But you made me realize my ticket wasn't good for two"

    either way i love it

    tigerAFIarmyon December 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis poem is amazing.... i think it was a persons past, present, and future.... Theirs a little boy speaking and thats him when hes a boy, and love seemed infinite.... 'we kissed in the fields and under trees' and that they were the only ones alive and thats all that mattered 'it was empty on the edge of town'.

    The second part, i think, was about the present; 'his sky had come crashing down'.... 'i kissed you at the apex of the malstrom, and asked if you'd accompany me in a quick fall, but you made me realize that my ticket wasnt for two... i rode alone' someone might of left him
    and the older voice will be of whats to come?
    BleedngBlakon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all i would just like to say that i love how this song starts. "we held hands on the last night on earth." it's truly beautifull as well are the voices and backround music. i think it's so passionate to talk about holding hands and just kissing in your last moments rather than having sex. secondly, i would like to believe that it has a deeper, less obvious meaning that what people have been saying. it would be quite interesting if it really was about armagedon. did you guys hear that "officially" somewhere? weird. anyway, i have my theories about this poem/song, but this is so complex that i would have to tell you the meaning of each thing, line by line which would be very long and i don't feel like typing it all. if any of you would like to hear it i would be glad to tell you though some other time in an e-mail or something so if you're curious on my views let me know.
    punk_525_skaon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis poem is so powerful! i love it. i understand that everyone takes a different meaning from songs but here's what i think its about.

    its the last night on earth, the apocalypse is here, nuclear war has wiped out almost everyone and the few survivors are destined to die from fall out. yet through all this war, anger and hate that caused the destruction of our world, Love is eternal. you can destroy everything but love will live on.

    i think its nuclear war because:

    'the cinders are falling like snow' - the ashes from the fire caused by the bomb.

    'of blue and grey' - the grey colour of a mushroom cloud against a blue sky

    plus other references - the insects (like cockroaches which can survive a nuclear bomb)

    there are so many levels to this poem is amazing, i could go on explaining different parts and how they fit in. but like i said, everyone will take something different from this.

    does anyone know who write it? was it davey himself or someone else?

    i am so influenced by this poem i am about to begin a script to base a short film around it. i believe i can release the power and capture the emotional of the poem.

    just imagine, the last night on earth. oblivion beckons. how beautiful would this earth and this life seem if the alternative was oblivion? imagine the last night on earth.

    thanks for listening,
    vexed_kirkon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst off I have to say this is an amazing piece of art, I love how AFI explains the unexplainable with words. Alright, now to the meaning:

    Wow, I never looked at it as the last day on earth, a nuclear war, or anything like that. I really like that though, it gives a whole different presepective. There's always the 336/337 interpretation, but that could take ages to explain so ....

    I say the beginning is looking back on the place of their youth (they being two lovers), looking back on their life together while at that last moment before death, the midnight runner, comes nad sweeps you up.

    Second part is when death is actually there, when the sky comes crashing down. It takes a line or two to grieve about humanity's wrongs and unfairness in life, because I'm guessing the cause of the death, or influence in the sadness he is in when he dies, is caused by one of humanity's flaws. Then at the very end he realizes that death means leaving, that the ticket is not good for two, and he must leave all that he loves.

    Then upon leaving he sees that there is beauty on earth. It's hard to explain, I know exactly what it is but I'm not enough a genius to form it into words....

    So yeah, I think basically what kirk says about how beautifu llife and earth seem when you're saying your last goodbyes is basically what the whole thing and the last part is about.

    Beautiful poem...shame some people are too impatient to listen to it and just turn it off :\

    Hope that wasn't a complete waste of your time :)
    xbehindthemoonxon March 02, 2005   Link

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