Meaning of "after fall"

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I'm having problem with sentece "I survived after the fall":
Phonetically "I survived the after fall" could sound better. But I have feeling the switch of "the" and "after" words would chance the whole meaning of the sentece.

 

The context is that the person in question survived a cataclysm/event that basically wiped out population in the designated area. And the "fall" is the wipe-out event/the disaster, in my understanding.

 

The sentence is actually part of the lyrics from a song known as "September" by "Living Tombstone":
 

"I just remembered,

What happened in September;

I'm the one who killed them all,

I survived after the fall."

After fall edited Dec 15 '12 at 19:12 Pauli Haarnimo New member

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I agree with everything Tolley said ... and would like to add one more thought. To a native speaker, "the after fall" does not "sound" better. Phonetically, it sounds like you've misplaced a word.

link comment answered Dec 16 '12 at 00:05 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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