Decemberists, The - Calamity Song Lyrics




Had a dream
You and me and the war of the end times
And I believe
California succumbed to the fault line
We heaved relief
As scores of innocents died

And the Andalusian tribes
Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angel

Hetty Green
Queen of supply-side bonhomie bone-drab
You know what I mean
On the road
It's well advised that you follow your own bag
In the year of the chewable Ambien tab

And the Panamanian child
Stands at the Dowager Empress's side
And all that remains is the arms of the angel
And all that remains is the arms of the angels

And you've receded into loam
And they're picking at your bones
Will call cold
We'll come home

Quiet now
Will we gather to conjure the rain down?
Will we now
Build a civilization below ground?
And I'll be crowned the community kick-it-around

And the Andalusian tribes
Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels
'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels





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  1. 789mark789

    The Decemberists borrowed the howling for The Calamity Song from the Pixies: Here Comes Your Man.

  2. Kike R.B

    El Turner 👍 Vacano

  3. Joshman 17

    Shazam this in outback steakhouse

  4. Timothy McPherrin

    beautiful

  5. MrGrimreaper512

    Had a dream
    You and me and the war of the end times
    And I believe
    California succumbed to the fault line
    We heaved relief
    As scores of innocents died

    And the Andalusian tribes
    Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
    'Til all that remains is the arms of the angel

    Hetty Green
    Queen of supply-side bonhomie bone-drab
    You know what I mean
    On the road
    It's well advised that you follow your own bag
    In the year of the chewable Ambien tab

    And the Panamanian child
    Stands at the Dowager Empress's side
    And all that remains is the arms of the angel
    And all that remains is the arms of the angels

    And you've receded into loam
    And they're picking at your bones
    Will call cold
    We'll come home

    Quiet now
    Will we gather to conjure the rain down?
    Will we now
    Build a civilization below ground?
    And I'll be crowned the community kick-it-around

    And the Andalusian tribes
    Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
    'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels
    'Til all that remains is the arms of the angels

  6. RockofSergio

    Had a dream
    You and me and the war at the end times
    And I believe
    California succumbed to the fault line
    We heaved relief
    As scores of innocents died
    And the Andalusian tribes
    Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
    'Til all the remains is the arms of the angel
    Hetty Green
    Queen of supply-side bonhomie bone-drab
    If you know what I mean
    On the road
    It's well-advised to follow your own path
    In the year of the chewable Ambien tab
    And the Panamanian child
    Stands at the Dowager Empress's side
    And all the remains is the arms of the angel
    And all the remains is the arms of the angels
    And you've receded into loam
    And they're picking at your bones
    Will call cold
    We'll come home
    Quiet now
    Will we gather to conjure the rain down
    Will we now
    Build a civilization below ground
    And I'll be crowned
    The community kicked it around
    And the Andalusian tribes
    Setting the lay of Nebraska alight
    'Til all the remains is the arms of the angel
    'Til all the remains is the arms of the angels

  7. TheAlienne

    I was lucky enough to see these guys live before the election, where Colin prefaced this one with "Speaking of the apocalypse, here's a song about if Donald Trump becomes president." Great song.

  8. Frank Hanssens

    Well, 1 year ago I wrote "A song that brings you in a good mood". Maybe my most stupid comment ever written on You Tube. It is my big mistake that I didn't listen to the lyrics at all. Mea culpa. But it is still a good song for me. Sorry!

    Adam Smith

    Nah. it's a happy song.

    Aidan Patterson

    I don't know, Puts me in a great mood.

    Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Well, considering the lyrics are probably one of the best aspects of the decemberists, that's always a mistake... But I don't think you were wrong for saying this song "put's you in a good mood" it very well should, lol. I think that's the point, sort of the 'backhanded' intention of the song.

    Random Squid Productions

    I mean, the rake's song puts me in a good mood.

    Max Tew

    I like you, fella. You're alright.

  9. 789mark789

    24 hours until the calamity

  10. lihkahn mangai

    I have been trying to find this song for a long time! I thought it sounded like R.E.M, so I had trouble finding it but I finally did!

    FeatherInPhilly

    Peter Buck guested on this recording. The REM vibe is strong with this one.

    Allan Gobey

    well this all makes sense, i've been trying to work out which REM song it most sounds like - i'm thinking something off Reckoning

  11. summerinspringville-hill

    no i dont know what you mean but good song

  12. Daughter Of Artemis

    A vast improvement over "Hank, eat your oatmeal."

    Michael Stanford

    +NekoKasumi That had to be my favorite part of the concert banter.

  13. Jim Green

    REM redux.

    Michael Stanford

    +Jim Green On purpose--this album was explicitly in the style of great American artists.

    Jim Green

    If you say so.

    grimgroove

    Comment redux

    Jim Green

    @grimgroove Response redux

    G. M. Palmer

    Peter Buck is literally playing the riffs. He plays on several songs on The King is Dead. Namely all the ones that sound like Peter Buck.

  14. Frank Hanssens

    A song that brings you in a good mood!

    Amanda T

    @Frank Hanssens  Yeah.. Lol.. "as scores of innocents died" LOL! Good mood!

    Conor

    @Amanda Therrien Yeah, if the music was as somewhat depressing as the lyrics, it wouldn't be such a good mood-inducing song.

    punchdrunkassassin

    +Amanda Therrien That's the Decemberists for you hahaha. Upbeat songs about death, mass murder, and heartbreak.

    789mark789

    I'm roaring down a mountain in PA on my bicycle when I hear this.

    Conor

    "Calamity Song" is their happy song about The End, "After the Bombs" is their depressing song about The End.

  15. Woody Herbert

    you and me and the enzimmmes ...... every time

    naivefighter46

    +Gabriel Ortiz actually its "you and me in the war at the end times" :D

    Some guy you're not familiar with just yet

    +ZERIAV.TRASH Yes that's exactly what he said. End times. End of discussion.

  16. w0mbles

    It's not so much grim, as witty.  Even if your politics don't agree with those of the Decemberists.   

    It's about Palin and her (supposed) evangelical, apocalyptic views. And, to a lesser extent, McCain.

    The Panamian child is McCain. The Dowager Empress is Palin.

    Conor

    @w0mbles I apologize for making a reasonable suggestion that you investigate another theory that you don't have to agree with.

    Connor Healy

    wombles is a cock.

    w0mbles

    @Connor Healy Sorry, I'm allergic to stupidity, and you're making me itch.

    w0mbles

    @Connor Healy That's OK. I think your parents should have asked for a refund from the adoption agency.  Cheers, pumpkin.

    w0mbles

    @Connor Healy Yawn.

  17. Grant Hopkins

    hasta la vista

  18. Alyssa Rasmussen

    AAAAAARRRRROOOOO :D

  19. Mike Hudzik

    For all non Whovians, "war of the end times" = Time War. If more clarification is needed, just watch the show. It's worth it anyway.

  20. theindiefanclub

    I'm thinking it's more Infinite Jest than Supernatural or Doctor Who but that's just me. ;)

  21. theindiefanclub

    I believe that the song was about ESCHATON.

  22. MedeaGrey

    Make it so.

  23. Joshua Thomas

    I believe Infinite Jest was an influence for the song. There is an article about this song and DFW on NPR's All Things Considered online edition.

  24. tate

    omg love dis

  25. tramsay1027

    It's a David Foster Wallace type song.

  26. maximus5143

    emm.... End Times.

  27. brendan campisi

    The war of the enzymes was terrible indeed.

  28. AngieRex

    blow me every which way cuase i ... dont know.... gahhh

  29. David Henning

    Crazy! No wonder it's so REMish!

    L vD

    Best new REM song I've heard in years.....

  30. Jack Marsh

    Sounds like "Talk About the Passion" by REM. Thank you, jesuismuzzy, for clarifying that this is the guitarist for REM.

  31. stude444

    Wait what does this have to do with Doctor Who?

    MysticMeowstic77

    I don't think this has anything to do with it.

  32. Subjective F

    Holy shit that explains so incredibly much.
    Thanks.

  33. BoobyMcDoogle

    If those aren't the right lyrics.... then I don't wanna know 'em.

  34. Caroline James

    3:09 best part of the whole cd

  35. Guinness GMC

    lol yesh

  36. LJ Djurovic

    that is the funniest comment i have ever read on youtube...you made me laugh so hard, thank you...you are 100% correct.

  37. XionZacor

    Yes! Someone NEEDS to do that!

  38. wiseyeffect

    The radio station the "X" plays all the cool unknown bands like this.
    For you all you occult researchers out there, yes I said the X;)

  39. SquidBaby01

    I am loving this part of YouTube it makes me never want to listen to rap, my usual genre, again... these lyrics just take me away

  40. Dominic Swallow

    CALAMATIOUS

  41. jesuismuzzy

    Erm, Peter Buck of the late, great REM is guest guitarist here, for those thinking this sounds more-than-vaguely REMish, aside from and addition to the lyrical style. *sings while a cartoon rainbow flies over the top of my head* The more you know!

  42. Olivia Wood

    Someone make this happen.

  43. David Sokoll

    Reminds you*

  44. David Sokoll

    They DO list R.E.M. among their influences. Why do people act so shocked about everything? Next you're going to be telling us that some of todays music reminds them of The Beatles.

  45. reesespiecesnh

    Best song I've heard in my life

  46. KarlsOldVideos

    I've known about the Decemberists for a while now... I knew it was only a matter of time before I binged...

  47. dbg567

    This song reminds me of the REM song Catapult

  48. KingOfEden

    Could be worse on the line "crowned the community kick-it-around" i hear "community cake giver-out" it's just like wtf.

  49. Matt Burnside

    @oxfordye Generally referring to the overall sound of the song, how its been pieced together and mixed.

  50. oxfordye

    @mattburnside
    Just out of curiousity, what exactly do people mean when they say that an album has good production? Are they simply stating that the album is well-crafted or are they referring to the overall quality of the music? I've often heard it thrown around but I've never fully understood what they were talking about.

  51. Null Title Exception

    @Mastrars omg i know! I alaways think of the weeping angels and the Silence

  52. Gart

    @natel68 I heard that the first 40 times i listened to it ^^

  53. ZParrow

    Can anyone else see a massive Dr. Who montage to this song?

  54. Marc Incitti

    @1SirMachinery C'mon dude, have pride for your band, but don't trash someone else's Mumford and Sons songs do not all sound alike.

  55. Marc Incitti

    @wtg2989 enzymes?

  56. wtg2989

    God Dammit, stop with the enzyme comments please.

  57. EatMoreChickenOrElse

    @Mrgooberloop thank you :)

  58. Maggie B

    Nothing like Mumford and sons. A) These guys have been around a lot longer and B) All their songs don't sound alike!

  59. Mike Matera

    The Decemberists meet R.E.M. Love this!

  60. stude444

    @AllstarRB38 Tallest Man on Earth, look him up.

  61. bruce1chubb

    @Everclearfan86 Agreed. In fact the first time I heard of them was on the radio where they played this right after REM

  62. Alecks Andrade

    Escuchando lo mejor del 2011

  63. Matt Burnside

    Production is so nice. Cant fault this album at all.

  64. Connor Hilton

    Gardening At Night? Anyone?

  65. kazin420

    Awesome.

  66. wonapalie

    we really need to block any and all comments for this page *sigh* -_-"

  67. skipplet

    @musicalthunderstorm As a heterosexual supporter, I am also offended by your comment. His comments are not homophobic. In fact, I'm certain he isn't afraid of homosexuals at all. After all, what are they going to do to you? Slap you with a limp wrist? Hardly terrifying.

  68. Mercury Saturn

    @musicalthunderstorm Happening to be a member of the Heterosexual Alliance I find this very offending. Please appologize or else.

    You see how easy that is? I'm part black, but you could call me a n*igger a thousand times and I wouldn't care.

  69. Mercury Saturn

    @XxUnhallowedxX And I love how little faggots like you think that something becomes a fact when it's your opinion. Also you were expressing your opinion in way that causes people to think your mad. I'm done with you, good day

  70. Mercury Saturn

    @XxUnhallowedxX Dude, calm the fuck down

  71. Vjeternik

    Dedicated to David Foster Wallace. Nice.

  72. bubskees0607

    @OpiumSapiens You mean to tell me it's not war of the enzymes?

  73. OpiumSapiens

    @MissTopanga lol it's "end times". But I think I like "war of the enzymes" better.

  74. Yancy Alleda

    just discovered another underrated band :D oh now, i can say there are still damn good musics and musicians here on earth :D

  75. Corduroyflare

    Another great song from another great band.

  76. YesYouAreIgnorant

    @Pettyproductions that song hits close to home for you too huh?

  77. wocstudios1

    Michael Stipe called from 1991, he wants his lost track from "Automatic For The People" back.

  78. Christopher Petty

    somebody help me!!! i cant find the song i am looking for, its about the mom who whores herself down at the marina. what is the name of this song?!!

  79. CommanderSwedePlays

    @xXimdead3183Xx indie just means independent and has nothing to do with their sounds...but i agree, they're not exactly "folk rock"

  80. Casey H

    @AllstarRB38 they're aren't so much folk rock, they're more indie folk, like the shins.

  81. thedimestoresaint

    @AllstarRB38

    Look up Andrew Jackson Jihad.

  82. coldengrey12

    @Pollution122 Way, way delayed response: Before the guitar starts, Colin says something. It sounds like he's yelling, "You and me in the war!"

  83. d Hop

    pure REM. Michael Stipe might as well be singin

  84. Dan Lenthe

    It's not country. Alt Country in the Wilco/Sun Volt/ Uncle Tupelo vein I would say yes. Why categorize it as anything other than pretty?

  85. Joe Coughlin

    @sunsun410 its more indie folk than anything but i do obviously see the country influences :)

  86. sunsun410

    @coughfilmsco im sorry and i respect their independence and everything, but this sounds alot like country to me

  87. Joe Coughlin

    @sunsun410 its not country

  88. sunsun410

    4 ppl dislike this because they thought it was gonna be indie rock, not country.

  89. safford07

    Great song!

  90. soma

    4 dislike...
    Who the heck put them there?!?!?!? I belive that this song deserves 0 dislikes. So I am ingnoring those people. so to me. there are 0 dislikes

  91. togue777

    This sounds like it could have come straight off Murmur. REM with Bill Berry in happier times except that you can here what he's saying.



  92. fabs

    Sounds like a mix between R.E.M and Neutral Milk Hotel

  93. knierman

    Sounds like Wendell Gee at 78rpm

  94. livisdaddy2008

    Great song. Heavy influence from REM's "Disturbance at The Heron House", thanks to Mr. Peter Buck. Thanks for posting the entire album. I decided to buy this CD after listening to all the tracks.

  95. Daniel Bradley

    @TheAbiogenic It's 'war of the end times'. lol

  96. PapaZlRO

    2 people don't like happy songs about everyone dying.

  97. Harley

    why would anybody dislike this??

  98. Pollution122

    @coldengrey12 thats, right, "you and me in the war at the end times"

  99. macklilly

    @coldengrey12 that is what it says

  100. Ryan Weinand

    @coldengrey12 it says "had a dream"