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Chords (capo 2)
C D Em D (throughout)

Acoustic chord shapes (relative to capo):
C = x35500
D = x57700
Em = x79900

Lyrics
The city is still and the walls have come down
The streets are all empty, there’s no one around
We’re tired and cold, and ready to fold
But nobody’s playing to win

We wrap up in sheets and an old dressing gown
The dark feels too empty, we don’t make a sound
But you feel so safe, familiar and warm
Ready to wait out the storm

[chorus]
After the end, when the world’s gone to hell
We can both cuddle quietly deep in our shells
And if you get bored I can sing you a love song
And you can forget all the places we went wrong

Is this it? Is this all we have left?
The unwanted gains of the world’s greatest theft
The toys that were dropped down the side of the bed
An overused phrase that was better unsaid
And we’re calling out
And falling out
Afraid we’re the very last ones

[chorus]
After the end, when the world’s gone to hell
We can both huddle quietly deep in our shells
And if you get bored I can sing you a love song
But you can’t forget all the places we went wrong

[chorus]
After the end, when the world’s gone to hell
We can both huddle quietly, safe from the shells
And if you get bored I can sing you a love song
But you won’t forget all the places we went wrong
We stopped for a reason that I can’t remember
I can’t recall much before this past December
And it’s just as vague when I look to what’s coming
I just want to hide but you wanna start running
So I grow my hair out and you take up drinking
And you look so peaceful while I’m overthinking
Like, if we got married, would you come to think of me
More as a person and less as an envious child
I’m a photograph, you are a movie
We’re frozen in time but at least you’re still moving
Without you, I’m lost and I’m scared and I’m lonely
But I think you know that you’re better without me

Footnotes
When making the EP, I definitely felt that this was the riskiest song on the EP. It’s definitely the gloomiest song on the album and it’s also the longest and the most repetitive. I basically put all of my faith in my lyrical abilities which – judging by the feedback I received when the EP first released – worked pretty well! This song was originally titled “After The End” but, with three tracks still to go, that sounded a little too final, so I changed it to “The Film And The Photograph” to reinforce the imagery in the long, final chorus.

Throughout the EP, I am very careful to leave the end-of-the-world event as vague as possible, without ever explicitly contradicting myself. How The World Ends suggests that some form of human conflict is to blame, which is further hinted at by hiding from shells in this song, but I also wanted to hint at the December 2012 “prophecies” somewhere in this song (it was launched to effectively coincide with it, although I’ve been planning an end-of-the-world concept for several years).