Apocalyptic masterpieces

#53
We saw the heavens break
And all the world go down to sleep
And rocks on mossy banks
Drip acid rain from craggy steeps.
Saw fiery angels kiss the dawn,
Wish you goodbye till further on,
Will you still be there further on?


And troubled dynasties,
Like legions lost, have blown away.
Hounds hard upon their heels,
Call to their quarry wait and play.
Before the last faint light has gone:
Wish you goodbye till further on,
Will you still be there further on?


The angry waves grow high
Cut icy teeth on northern shores.
Brave fires that flicker,cough
Give way to winds
Through broken doors.
And with the last line almost drawn:
Wish you goodbye till further on.
Will you still be there further on?



Apocalyptic? Perhaps
 
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#54
(20:29) Ends with a war of Man vs Machine/Computers.
(28:07) Who really wins in the end?

Man: I am all there is!
Machine: Ne-ga-tive. Prim-i-tive. Limited. I-let-you-live!
Man: But I gave you life!
Machine: What else could you do?
Man: To do what was right.
Machine: I'm perfect! Are you?
 
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#57
I can think of no more beautfiful song about the end of the world. Sax solo fadeout comes on like a funeral dirge. Lyrics like a goddamn Bradbury story. Imagery that gives even this hardened 4.5 player chills.


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
Hmm
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
My tears 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.
 
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#58
Here's one you all might not have expected:


99 Lufballons is a anti-war protest song from the 1980s. It arose from brinkmanship and paranoia/hysteria surrounding the issue of the Cold War. The lyrics of the original German version tell a story: 99 balloons are mistaken for UFOs, causing a military general to send pilots to investigate. Finding nothing but children's balloons, the pilots decide to put on a show and shoot them down. The display of force worries the nations along the borders and the defense ministers on each side 'bang the drums of conflict' to grab power for themselves. In the end, a 99-year war results from the otherwise harmless flight of balloons, causing devastation on all sides without a victor.

99 Luftballons (translation)

Have you some time for me,
then I’ll sing a song for you
about 99 balloons
on their way to the horizon.
If you’re perhaps thinking about me right now
then I’ll sing a song for you
about 99 balloons
and that such a thing comes from such a thing.

99 balloons
on their way to the horizon
People think they’re UFO’s from space
so a general sent up
a fighter squadron after them
Sound the alarm if it’s so
but there on the horizon were
only 99 balloons.

99 fighter jets
Each one’s a great warrior
Thought they were Captain Kirk
then came a lot of fireworks
the neighbors didn’t understand anything
and felt like they were being provoked
so they shot at the horizon
at 99 balloons.

99 war ministers
matches and gasoline canisters
They thought they were clever people
already smelled a nice bounty
Called for war and wanted power.
Man, who would’ve thought
that things would someday go so far
because of 99 balloons.

99 years of war
left no room for victors.
There are no more war ministers
nor any jet fighters.
Today I’m making my rounds
see the world lying in ruins.
I found a balloon,
think of you and let it fly (away).
 
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#60
"... the dogs of doom are howling more"

'No Quarter' could be a military military reference (no mercy for the vanquished). The song seems to convey an eerie sense of helplessness. The 'dogs of doom' might possibly be a reference to Cerberus, the Hound of Hades, a three headed beast who guards the gates at the River Styx to prevent escape.

 
#62
I can think of no more beautfiful song about the end of the world. Sax solo fadeout comes on like a funeral dirge. Lyrics like a goddamn Bradbury story. Imagery that gives even this hardened 4.5 player chills.


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
Hmm
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
My tears 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.
A good and almost unknown song.
 
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