End of the World

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?

I’m feeling low today
Is this the latest fashion?
What do the papers say?
Well then I’m bored already
I could die, would anybody really notice?

I can’t relate today
I’ve never felt so lonely
Is this the modern world?
Maybe I’m dead already
That’s the catch, it’s such a beautiful confusion

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Aaaah Ahhhh

I breathe the motorway
Just for the sake of breathing
I turn the TV on
Don’t know what to beleive in
Aaaa ahhh
Oh yeah
Aaah ahhhh

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?

Can hardly see the stars
There’s to much light pollution
Is this reality?
Or just some new illusion
That’s the catch, it’s such a beautiful confusion
That’s the catch
It’s - such - a - beautiful - confusion
I - can’t - stand - it

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
End of the world?
Is this the end of the world? (this beautiful confusion)
Is this the end of the world? (this beautiful confusion)
Is this the end of the world? (this beautiful confusion)
Is this the end of the world? (this beautiful confusion)

Demo Version

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?

I’m feeling low today
Is this the latest fashion?
What do the papers say?
Well then i’m bored already
I could die, would anybody really notice?

I can’t relate today
I’ve never felt so lonely
Is this the modern world
I feel I’m dead already
That’s the catch, it’s such a beautiful confusion

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Aaaah Ahhhh

I breathe the motorway,
Just for the sake of breathing
I turn the TV on,
Don’t know what to beleive in
Aaaa ahhh
Oh yeah
Aaah ahhhh

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Aaaah Ahhhh

Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?
Is this the end of the world?

Song Notes

Tim Wheeler posted an acoustic demo version of this track on mysteryrecordings.com. That version begins with a montage of traffic noises that were later reused when the band recorded the song for Twilight of the Innocents. Mark said of the song during the writing of Twilight of the Innocents:

For those who haven’t already heard it, I’d go to Mystery Recordings and you’ll be able to hear an early home recording of this that Tim posted online some time ago. Since then we’ve completely re-worked the whole song, there’s now a huge Bonham-esque kit sound. We could have stayed with a low-fi vibe and the verses remain acoustic but the choruses are BIG. It’s an anthemic song with apocalyptic lyrics. We think it’s cool to have that contrast, an anthem of disillusionment. There’s quite a mash of styles, instruments and samples going on which gives it a kinda The Flaming Lips or Beck feel but we also wanted those choruses to soar so the amps got cranked. You just gotta love the line, “That’s the catch, It’s such a beautiful confusion…”