Down by the ocean
the frogmen are surfacing
but the beast beneath the skin
has been wondering, whispering
whispering, wondering

It's only the end of the world again

Rise and sing shedding his ocean skin
deep green awakening
and somethin' like a woman screams
screams to me screaming

It's only the end of the world again

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this song is based on an H.P. Lovecraft story. I read a comic book by Neil Gaiman called "It's only the end of the world again" and it happened in the town of "Innsmouth". The story is credited as being based on a Lovecraft story.

    Its about a guy who is a Werewolf, and a witch and some stuff. The witch is doing some ritual or something, and summons all these weird creatures from the ocean- and part of the ritual is killing the WereWolf, but she fails, and the monsters go away.

    "Down by the ocean, the frogmen are surfacing" - creatures she summoned.

    "but the beast beneath the skin has been wondering, whispering" - he is turning back into the wolf.

    "Rise and sing shedding his ocean skin, deep green awakening " - Big monster.

    "and somethin' like a woman screams, screams to me screaming" - the big monster eats the witch from what i can remember.
    6biton December 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment6bit seems to be right on. If anyone is into the Cthulhu mythos, you can tell the references right away:
    "Mythos stories tend to refer to the "Great Old Ones," a fearsome assortment of ancient, powerful deities who came from outer space and once ruled the Earth. They are presently quiescent, having fallen into a death-like sleep at some time in the distant past. The best-known of these beings is Cthulhu, who currently lies "dead [but] dreaming" in the submerged city of R'lyeh somewhere in the southeast Pacific Ocean. One day, "when the stars are right", R'lyeh will rise from beneath the sea, and Cthulhu will awaken and wreak havoc on the earth."
    (took off wikipedia)
    Also, the frogmen would seem to be a reference to the Deep Ones; if you read Lovecraft's description, they are really frogmen.
    "I think their predominant color was a greyish-green, though they had white bellies. They were mostly shiny and slippery, but the ridges of their backs were scaly. Their forms vaguely suggested the anthropoid, while their heads were the heads of fish, with prodigious bulging eyes that never closed. At the sides of their necks were palpitating gills, and their long paws were webbed. They hopped irregularly, sometimes on two legs and sometimes on four. I was somehow glad that they had no more than four limbs. Their croaking, baying voices, clearly used for articulate speech, held all the dark shades of expression which their staring faces lacked ... They were the blasphemous fish-frogs of the nameless design - living and horrible."
    (Wiki again)
    Aside from any interpretation, I love the calmness of this song. It's only the end of the world again; something that has happened, and will keep happening. The last line on the song says "it's only the ending", which I think sums up the spirit of the song... it's the ending, the natural closure of any story, taking out any negative or dramatic connotation from the phrase "the end of the world".
    Beautiful song, I always love Dax's lyrics.
    mightyluluon August 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song.. pessimism
    soodamncoldon July 20, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSounds like that is used for the basis of the song, but it is ultimately about something deeper.
    samwaltonon March 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song doesn't come across as pessimistic to me, instead calm and peaceful, as if the character realizes the inevitability of the demise of both himself and his world, and chooses to embrace it, treating it with an almost matter-of-factly attitude, in the face of apocalypse.
    Gilly101on January 13, 2012   Link

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