Pompeii

History:

In 79. A.D Mount Vesuvius, near the Bay of Naples, erupted and covered what was then Pompeii, in twelve inches of ash! The dust “poured across the land” like a flood, one witness wrote, and shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms (Hist.).”  Nobody could see Pompeii, it was total darkness which could represent how death was coming! This is actually how the people of Pompeii died, 2000 of them! When explorers uncovered the ashen city, they were surprised to find that the city was almost completely intact, preserved by the (wait for it) ashes! (History.com Staff 2010)

Not many people know that the song “Pompeii” by Bastille is actually one that describes someone who was from Pompeii and now comes back all nostalgic and wondering how to feel about being back to home while remembering the way history took away his home.

 

Lyrics “Pompeii” by Bastille:

[Verse 1]
I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

[Pre-Chorus]
And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills bringing darkness from above

[Chorus]
But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?

How am I going to be an optimist about this?
How am I going to be an optimist about this?

[Verse 2]
We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
In your pose as the dust settled around us

[Pre-Chorus]
And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills bringing darkness from above

[Chorus]
But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?

How am I going to be an optimist about this?
How am I going to be an optimist about this?

[Bridge]
Oh where do we begin, the rubble or our sins?
Oh where do we begin, the rubble or our sins?

[Pre-Chorus]
And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills bringing darkness from above

[Chorus]
But if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

And if you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like you’ve been here before?

How am I going to be an optimist about this?
How am I going to be an optimist about this?

If you close your eyes
Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?

[Outro: chanting]

(Bastille 2013)

 

The pre-chorus represents how the city was crumbling down and the ashes were falling down onto the city creating a terrifying mood throughout the city. Specifically, “Great clouds roll over the hill,” which means that the ash has risen higher then even the hills! “Bringing darkness from above,” means that the darkness of the ash covers the whole city and gives the sense that death is coming. When you die every thing goes dark (i’m sure you didn’t know that)!

The chorus represents the singer going back home but feeling bad at how the city is now, and how it was in it’s glorious days. You could close your eyes and feel like you know the place. You think of how different it is and how you can barely remember it now. Even if you haven’t even be there, this place has a strong feeling that makes you feel like you are familiar with this place.

 

Bastille. “Pompeii.” Genius. Genius, 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 04 Jan. 2017.

History.com Staff. “Pompeii.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2010. Web. 04 Jan. 2017.

Image from:

“25 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Pompeii Destruction.” List25. N.p., 01 Jan. 2015. Web. 04 Jan. 2017.

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