This is it, the apocalypse, whoa
Based on what the narrator described since the first line, the literal world-ending definition of apocalypse doesn’t seem to fit anymore. It appears that he is more talking about a dramatic change in an individual or government. The “apocalypse” could just be that moment the narrator has been waiting for, when he realizes what is wrong with the world and decides to make a change.
Lead singer Dan Reynolds describes this himself:
“Generally speaking, it’s a song about having an awakening; kind of waking up one day and deciding to do something new, and see life in a fresh way”
But we see later that this song has a lot to do with revolution. So, taking it in that sense, the apocalypse would be some huge event that completely changes the social structure and world we live in. Considering this song came out pretty close to the Occupy Wall Street movement, that certainly would make sense.
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