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Doomsday Clock

Smashing Pumpkins
Language: English


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Album: Zeitgeist (2010)

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Il Doomsday Clock (Orologio dell'apocalisse) è una iniziativa ideata nel 1947 dagli scienziati della rivista Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists dell'Università di Chicago che consiste in un orologio metaforico che misura il pericolo di una ipotetica fine del mondo a cui l'umanità è sottoposta.

Il pericolo viene quantificato tramite la metafora di un orologio simbolico la cui mezzanotte simboleggia la fine del mondo mentre i minuti precedenti rappresentano la distanza ipotetica da tale evento. Originariamente la mezzanotte rappresentava unicamente la guerra atomica, mentre dal 2007 considera qualsiasi evento che può infliggere danni irrevocabili all'umanità (come ad esempio i cambiamenti climatici).

Al momento della sua creazione, durante la guerra fredda, l'orologio fu impostato a sette minuti dalla mezzanotte; da allora, le lancette sono state spostate 21 volte. La massima vicinanza alla mezzanotte (due minuti) è stata raggiunta nel 1953, dopo i test di armi termonucleari da parte di USA e URSS, e mantenuta fino al 1960; la massima lontananza è stata di 17 minuti, tra il 1991 (trattati START) e il 1995.

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Is everyone afraid?
Is everyone ashamed?
They're running towards their holes to find out
Apocalyptic means are lost among our dead
A message to our friends to get out
There's wages on this fear
Oh so clear
Depends on what you'll pay to hear

They're bound to kill us all in whitewashed halls
Their jackals lick their paws

Please don't stop it's lonely at the top
These lonely days when will they ever stop?
This doomsday clock ticking in my heart
Not broken

I love life every day
In each and every way
Kafka would be proud, to find out
I'm certain of the end
It's the means that has me spooked
It takes an unknown truth to get out
I'm guessing I'm born free, silly me
I was meant to beg from my knees

Please don't stop it's lonely at the top
These lonely days when will they ever stop?
This doomsday clock ticking in my heart
These lonely days when will they ever stop?

We gotta dig in
Gas masks on
Wait in the sunshine, all bug-eyed
If this is living?
Sakes alive!
Well then they can't win
No one survives

Is everyone afraid?
You should be ashamed
Apocalyptic screams mean nothing to the dead
Kissing that 'ol sun to know all there is
Come on, last call
You should want it all

Ah, it's lonely at the top
These lonely days when will they ever stop
This doomsday clock ticking in my heart
These lonely days when will they ever stop
This ticking in my heart
Is everyone afraid?

2017/6/2 - 22:07



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