Music Monday: “Pompeii” by Bastille

Today’s Music Monday selection is “Pompeii” by Bastille. The song is influenced by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which buried Pompeii, in 79 AD. If you listen to the lyrics carefully you’ll hear words that capture what that day may have felt like for its victims. But, the song is so much more that just about a volcano eruption. There is a deeper message about humanity here. The lyrics say:

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 gonna be an optimist about this?
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Sometimes we go through experiences in life hoping that we’ve learned whatever deeper lessons we’re supposed to extract from what we go through. Oftentimes, however, we get back up and the cycle ends up repeating itself. We end up standing back up and seeing our world crumble around us and forget that we’ve already emerged from it all before. In those moments of implosion perhaps the only thing to do is step back, close our eyes, and remember that once through always through.

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