Babylon was built on fire
And the bones of useless machines
It hurt to breath
And you fell away from me

Packs of helicopters divide
Across a crowded sky
What angels did you ride
As I staggered at your side

Babylon was built on fire
And the bones of useless machines
It hurt to breath
And you fell away from me

Citizens in their homes
Missiles in their holes
And citizens in their homes
And missiles in their holes...

This highway needs rain
Across both of its lanes
Until all that remains
Is this heart and its flames
And the rumble of trains
'Neath of a handful of stars

The brightest night I ever saw
Across an empty parking lot
No stars...


Lyrics submitted by bootu

Babylon Was Built on Fire/Starsnostars song meanings
Add your thoughts

6 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of my favorites by them
    O342439534690836on March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwsome...just awsome.In the end with all these voices...it just gives u the creeps...
    Broken Heartedon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the line is "missiles in their hulls". But yeah, definitely about some type of fallout destruction. Fantastic vocal arrangements near the end, but even the opening ambiance is as powerful as hell. Amazing song
    Seginustempleon November 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics have appeared live:
    I had a dream
    a terrible dream

    Bombs were falling
    and you were far away from me

    and the woods where we sought shelter
    were already burning

    sparks lifted by the wind
    hoping and twirling

    and in the hollow sky, one thousend pidgeons cried
    and i could not reach you
    and the whole world died

    but oh the beauty of those slender aching trees
    and the birds so sweetly weeping
    behind those perfect leaves
    and the flames upon the water
    so gently trembeling

    and this nightmare like a lovesong
    that was between you and me
    ----

    You can find a live version if you know where to look.
    keebleron July 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI want to say that this song is about a nuclear war. Especially with the:

    "The brightest night I ever saw
    Across an empty parking lot
    No stars"

    The brightest night being caused by a nuclear detonation.
    Arujeion January 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, the live lyrics really help that interpretation. It's like some lovers are together and then the nuclear war comes and they lose each other and it's that kind of mingled dread of not knowing what happened to the other and fearing for their own lives while they escape.

    Post-apocalyptic romance! Brilliant!
    Appers66on May 05, 2008   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain