By: Marissa Schroder and Kate Freakley


Pompeii - Bastille (Audien Remix) by E.D.M RECORDS

Arranger, Composer, Original Artist

Arranged by: Jacob Narverud

Words and Music by: Dan Smith

Time Signature

Common Time

How many parts?

3 parts (Soprano, Alto, Baritone)

Background Information

* This is the fourth single from Bastille's debut album, Bad Blood which references the Roman city of Pompeii that was destroyed by a volcano in 79AD.

* The song is called Pompeii because Dan Smith told The Daily Telegraph that he was imagining what the dead inhabits might have to say to one another.

Interesting Facts

* Structurally, this song is fairly standard except for the "ayyy ay-yo ayo" vocals that make for a killer hook.

* Dan Smith was not a professional musician when he wrote this song- he was a bartender and a student of English Literature.

* Smith wrote the song in 2010 on a laptop in his bedroom after reading about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Why the Pieces are Contrasting


  • Sung by one person
  • Original song
  • A modern song

Don't Stop Believin':

  • Sung by a group of people
  • Cover song
  • An older song