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By the time the song finishes you don't even really realize it might not have been about the end of the world at all. Maybe its about lost friends and heroes. It doesn't really matter, though. The overwhelming feeling conveyed by the song is the despair of an ending, and it is a wonderfully majestic, powerful and subtle despair. It is a very rare occasion when one looks forward to an end, and even more rare still when one can recognize the end is approaching. This resigned fatalism is all over this track, and its a beautifully poignant sentiment. Band of Horses, a pretty okay band in their own right (and the reason the imeem track reads as Band of Horses), covered this track for one of The O.C.'s soundtracks, but that fatalism is what they missed. They missed the song's sigh at the futility of fighting. I can think of few other songs that were able to impart this kind of fatalistic futility in a more compelling or beautifully understated way.
The Ends Not Near - Band of Horses