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Songs for the end of the world

By Tim Anderl

So, the Mayan calendar is running out of days. Does this mean we can quit sweating the “fiscal cliff”? Does it mean that our coupons for buy one, get one free Big Macs will remain unused in 2013, because there won’t be a 2013?

My friend Paxton Styles (who despite the made-up-sounding name is a real dude) describes the situation this way:

“So, I found out what’s up with the Mayan calendar. So, back in day this dude named Yuknoom, who was a Mayan ruler from Clakmul, got worked over in a battle against a rival group. Well, he didn’t want folks thinking he was weak and stuff so he basically told them, ‘Look, your boy got knocked down a bit, but I still run things. Don’t worry. Everybody will be safe. As a matter of fact, I’m the 13 K’atun lord!’ 13 K’atun is basically just the end of a calendar cycle that ended in 692. Then he was like, ‘Nah, you know what, forget that, I’m gonna run thangs from now until the NEXT 13 K’atun. What!’

Well, the next time the calendar gets to the 13 K’atun is the twenty-first of this month, this year.

“So, basically dude was just trying to get people to relax and calm down after he got his butt whooped by predicting stability for a looooooooooooooooong time.”

Whether Styles is right and we can sleep easy, or whether the world is coming to an end remains to be seen.  The fact remains that Armageddon has been, and remains, a topic of discussion in everything from the movies we watch to the music we listen to. With that in mind, Dayton City Paper has your soundtrack for the apocalypse covered. Check out these doomsday hits, which resonate with most tastes and auditory preferences despite the fact that they remind us that impending doom may be breathing down our necks …


“The Day The Whole World Went Away” by Nine Inch Nails; from the album The Fragile

Doomsday lyrics: “There is a place that still remains / It eats the fear it eats the pain / The sweetest price he’ll have to pay / The day the whole world went away.”

“Until The End Of The World” by U2; from the album Achtung Baby

Doomsday lyrics: “We ate the food, we drank the wine / Everybody having a good time / Except you / You were talking about the end of the world.”

“The End of The World” by Seahaven; from the album Winter Forever

Doomsday lyrics: “It’s my last attempt left / Just have some faith / When I tell you it’s all for the best.”

“Till The World Ends” by Britney Spears; from the album Femme Fatale

Doomsday lyrics: “See the sunlight, we ain’t stopping / Keep on dancing till the world ends / If you feel it let it happen / Keep on dancing till the world ends.”

“If The World Should End” by Jennifer Damiano from the soundtrack Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark soundtrack

Doomsday lyrics: “And the sky tonight is luminous / For all the wrong reasons / And every doorway is hiding something / And if this world should all come crashing down / I wouldn’t care at all.”

“Every Day Is Like Sunday” by Morrissey; from the album Viva Hate

Doomsday lyrics: “Armageddon – come Armageddon! Come, Armageddon! Come!”

“Fuck Armageddon… This Is Hell” by Bad Religion; from the album How Could Hell Be Any Worse?

Doomsday lyrics: “And when the final conflict comes, I’ll be so sorry I did wrong / And hope and pray that our lord God will think I’m good”

“99 Red Balloons” by Nena; from the album 99 Luft Ballons

Doomsday lyrics: “If I could find a souvenir / Just to prove the world was here / And here is a red balloon / I think of you and let it go”

“Armagedon” by Alkaline Trio; from the album From Here To Infirmary

Doomsday lyrics: “Armageddon, we’re not begging / For too much I don’t think / Just need a goodbye kiss (one last salute) / Before we sink.”

“The End of the World” by Ben Lee; from the album Something To Remember Me By

Doomsday lyrics: “I’m gonna gather all my friends together / We’ll get drunk and we’ll get high / And then we’ll chain-smoke cigarettes / It doesn’t matter cause we’re all gonna die.”

“I Wish We’d All Been Ready” by DC Talk; from the album Jesus Freak

Doomsday lyrics: “The Father spoke the demons died / How could you have been so blind / There’s no time to change your mind / The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.”

“Skeletons of Society” by Slayer; from the album Seasons In The Abyss

“Deafening silence reigns, as twilight fills the sky / Eventual supremacy / As daylight waits to die.

“When The World Ends” by Dave Matthews Band; from the album Everyday

“I’m gonna rock you like a baby when the cities fall / We will rise as the buildings crumble / Float there and watch it all / Amidst the burning, we’ll be churning.”

“Party At Ground Zero” by Fishbone; from the Fishbone EP

“Party at ground zero / Every movie starring you / And the world will turn to flowing pink vapor stew.”

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