"But I think that saying 'The fire´s almost out' in '39' is not a statement that I´m giving up. I´m just being open a honest about the fact that what´s driven me to express myself in the past is just not there like it used to be. That´s neither a good nor bad thing, it´s just a fact. When I was heading towards 30, I thought 'I have to do it now, because I´m running out of time and energy,' so I put everything I had into making 'Disintegration'. On this album ('Bloodflowers'), I felt a different kind of drive. If I was still as ****ing angry as I was when I made 'Disintegration', I´d be dead"
This is one of the songs I enjoy most on this album. As others have said, great opening bass line. Once everything comes together, it sounds almost anthemic to me.
However, now that I'm solidly in my mid-40's I have to laugh (just a little) at some of the lyrics: "And the fire is almost dead, and there's nothing left to burn. I've finished everything..."
Robert, you know I love you, but you weren't nearly finished then.
I think it's pretty common when we're younger to have thoughts like, "Oh, I won't live to see the ripe age of 21", or something like that in our own tragic, post-adolescent way. As much as I love this song, it feels a little like that to me. I can think, "Oh how cute! An angsty little 30-something talking about feeling burned out."