a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Motorway To Damascus

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




This song is about nature and progress and our position in front of both.

It’s full of religious references. It is on his way to Damascus that Saint Paul had an apparition and was converted to Christianism.

The first verse is about cities and progress; the second about nature and its right to remain virgin; the last verse is about the fact that all civilisations decline and that ours is on its way to decline as well if we don’t preserve nature. It’s said that when the monkeys leave Gibraltar Rock it’ll be given back to Spain and that when the ravens leave the Tower of London, the English crown will fall.