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"The Indifference of Heaven" is a song written by Warren Zevon, which appears on the the 1995 studio albums Mutineer and the 1993 live album Learning to Flinch, as well as on the 1996 compilation album I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology).

About the SongEdit

It is described by Warren in the liner notes to I'll Sleep When I'm Dead as:

"The first of many depressing songs about the departure of my flaxen-tressed fiancée. This one owes a considerable debt to the English novelist Martin Amis, who has as yet betrayed no interest in it." After some research, I believe Warren's "flaxen tressed fiancée" to be Julia Mueller.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Time marches on

Time stands still

Time on my hands

Time to kill

Blood on my hands

And my hands in the till

Down at the 7-11

Gentle rain

Falls on me

All life folds back

Into the sea

We contemplate eternity

Beneath the vast indifference of heaven


The past seems realer than the present to me now

I've got memories to last me

When the sky is gray

The way it is today

I remember the times when I was happy

Same old sun

Same old moon

It's the same old story

Same old tune

They all say

Someday soon

My sins will all be forgiven

Gentle rain

Falls on me

All life folds back

Into the sea

We contemplate eternity

Beneath the vast indifference of heaven


They say "Everything's all right"

They say "Better days are near"

They tell us "These are the good times"

But they don't live around here

Billy and Christie don't--

Bruce and Patti don't--

They don't live around here


I had a girl

Now she's gone

She left town

Town burned down

Nothing left

But the sound

Of the front door closing forever


Gentle rain

Falls on me

All life folds back

Into the sea

We contemplate eternity

Beneath the vast indifference of heaven

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