Song of the Day #2,090: ‘Pompeii’ – Bastille

bastille_pompeiiJason Derulo’s unfortunate ‘Talk Dirty‘ sits at #4, and at #5 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart is Bastille with ‘Pompeii.’

I remember hearing this band (and I believe this song) on Saturday Night Live a couple of months back. My wife liked their sound and we came close to downloading the album but wound up not for some reason.

I would have expected this song to crack the top ten closer to that television appearance, but maybe SNL doesn’t move the dial like it used to.

I like the band’s sound, which has a New Wave throwback thing going on but still feels modern. I might have to spring for that download after all.

I was left to my own devices
Many days fell away with nothing to show

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

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?

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

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

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?

Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?
Oh where do we begin?
The rubble or our sins?

And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Great clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

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?

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

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,090: ‘Pompeii’ – Bastille

  1. Dana says:

    This song must have been climbing the charts before that SNL appearance, as it was getting fairly heavy radio play before then. I was quite familiar with it by the time of the SNL appearance.

    This has become a big time favorite in our family when it comes on the radio. I suspect you will enjoy the album if you download it.

  2. Amy says:

    Yes, this is a song I know well (and like a lot) only from heavy radio play. It’s funny how a song like this can miss your radar completely, when it’s on danger of being on overload with us. Thus far, we’ve yet to change the dial when it comes on…. Personally, I’m a sucker for the whole dipping “If you close your eyes” thing… no idea if there’s a formal word to describe it, but I love the way it sounds.

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