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LyricsThere were a dozen dead bodies
In the Euston Road,
Their outlines softened by the Black Dust.
All was still,
Houses locked and empty,
Shops closed -
But looters had helped themselves
To wine and food,
And outside a jewellers
Some gold chains and a watch
Were scattered on the pavement.
Staring towards the sound.
It seemed as if that mighty desert of houses
Had found a voice
For its fear and solitude.
The desolating cry worked upon my mind.
The wailing took possession of me.
I was intensely weary,
Footsore, hungry and thirsty.
Why was I wandering alone in this city of the dead?
Why was I alive,
When London was lying in state in its black shroud?
I felt intolerably lonely,
Drifting from street to empty street,
Drawn inexorably towards that cry.
I saw, over the trees on Primrose Hill,
The Fighting Machine
From which the howling came.
I crossed Regents Canal.
There stood a second machine,
But as still as the first.
(Martians): Ulla! Ul-!
The sound ceased.
Suddenly, the desolation,
The solitude, became unendurable.
While that voice sounded,
London had still seemed alive.
Now suddenly, there was a change,
The passing of something -
And all that remained was this gaunt quiet.
I looked up and saw a third machine
It was erect and motionless,
Like the others
An insane resolve possessed me
I would give my life to the Martians,
Here and now
I marched recklessly towards the Titan
And saw that a multitude of black birds
Was circling and clustering about the hood.
I began running along the road.
I felt no fear,
Only a wild, trembling exultation,
As I ran up the hill
Towards the motionless monster.
Out of the hood hung red shreds,
At which the hungry birds now pecked and tore.
I scrambled up to the crest of Primrose Hill,
And the Martian's camp was below me.
A mighty space it was,
And scattered about it,
In their overturned machines,
Were the Martians -
Slain, after all man's devices had failed,
By the humblest things upon the Earth,
Directly the Invaders arrived
And drank and fed,
Our microscopic allies attacked them.
From that moment -
They were doomed!