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Old 10-28-2000, 01:00 PM   #1
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'Last Night On Earth' video meaning?

Of those of us who have seen this video, many are puzzled on the meaning of it. A few questions to interpret.
1)Who is the girl? Literal meaning? Metaphorical Meaning?

2)Who is the old man? Who does he represent?

3)Does the light control the man?, or vice versa?

4)What year/model is that car? (J/K)


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Old 10-30-2000, 10:38 AM   #2
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Hmm... good question...
I've only seen it once but here goes!
They guys in the band are following the girl (that's the impression I got anyway), and they end up at the light... which probably has some sort of religious symbolism, or spiritual... maybe she knows something that they don't (eg; The world is ending? )... and they need to follow her to reach the light and save themselves from whatever (damnation, obliteration, etc...) Maybe the girl is Jesus? But then if she's the girl they sing about in the song, that wouldn't make sense... *shrug*
Ah, who ever said U2 had to make sense??
I'll watch it some more and get back to you...


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Old 10-15-2003, 10:38 PM   #3
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Looking over some of the "ancient" threads, I was intrigued by this topic because it's something I've always wondered about. I think "Last Night on Earth" is one of U2's most bizzare yet intriguing videos. I like what Alisaura has to say, but thought I'd bring this to the top to get some fresh insights, as Interference.com has obviously picked up lots of new members since 2000.

So, what do you all think the "story" behind this video is?
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Old 10-16-2003, 10:33 AM   #4
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well, I have no idea
I do know that IMO it's the worst video they ever released (by a landslide)


perhaps that could change if someone could find a meaning for this mess of lemons
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:11 PM   #5
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The old man is William Burroughs, famous author and subverter of society

His appearance at the end of the clip seems to be a nod to his celebrity and also seems to be a bit of irony. I believe Burroughs is supposed to be the one who's been shining the light and zapping all the people who keep dying/turning to jelly.


I've always interpreted the clip as the band's search for the meaning of everything (their own celebrity, their faith, their music, etc.). Along the way they pick up a girl who seems to be confident and know the answers (she is, after all, living like it's the last night on earth ). They follow her around, doing all kinds of stuff. Eventually, she deserts them. They, being men, follow her. She fearlessly walks into the light (which, I assume, has been the cause of havoc). When the band sees what she's done, they follow her and find the old man, William Burroughs, who is supposedly the meaning of everything.

Of course, I could go on for pages talking about symbolism and such... but I'll stop now. lol
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Old 10-25-2003, 09:57 PM   #6
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No. I believe LNOE video is about the illusion in which we live... the world is fake and the lights represent a collapse of that illusion, like if the barrier was broken... the old man represents those who control us: probably politicians... because they make this illusion...

the girl knows that everything is fake: even people are made of plastic (you can see people melting on the video) so she just lives like it was "the last night on earth", she lives on high, because is all she can do.

This song/clip could also be about Platos Cave, just like Staring At the Sun.

in the end of the clip we can read: THE TRUTH IS REALLY OUT OF HERE
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Old 10-27-2003, 12:30 AM   #7
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Hello,
Thanks everyone for your comments.

Felipevox, I like your interpretation. It's quite interesting however it never looked to me as though the people were melting, but more like they had been "slimed". I don't know, as it's been a while since I saw the video.

Salome, you could be right. It may just be absolute crap. I can't decide if there is some intricately planned out story behind all the cryptic images or if it's just a thrown-together, hey-this-would-look-cool sort of thing. Who comes up with the ideas for the videos, anyway?
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Old 11-01-2003, 07:51 PM   #8
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i suppose the Directors come up with the ideas
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:57 PM   #9
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some thoughts i had on the video

a few moons later...some thoughts i had on the video, first posted 2007:
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whatever happened to Johnny Swallow?

Did Arkansas eat him? Swallow him whole?

Maybe he just floated away into oblivion...
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Man what an old thread The Twin Towers were still standing.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:35 PM   #12
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Clinton was still POTUS

now that's an old thread!
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:54 PM   #13
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How do you even find stuff this old?
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:56 PM   #14
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The video had William S. Burroughs at the end of it. The author of "The Naked Lunch"...that's good enough for me. (He passed away, shortly after making that video. It was last public appearance)
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How do you even find stuff this old?
Jeevey, darling, 2000 was 14 years ago. That qualifies as old on an internet message board.
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