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Here Comes The Flood

 

We’ll Say Goodbye to Flesh and Blood

(VIDEO)

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

A melancholy song by Peter Gabriel, Here Comes the Flood originally appeared on his first solo album in 1977.   

Somewhat unhappy with it and feeling it was ‘over produced,’ Gabriel wrote this sparser and simpler version for Robert Fripp’s Exposure album two years later.

Gabriel contends that the song is about a time where people can read each other’s minds;  the flood is the ensuing rush of thoughts from every other person to another.  It carries the age-old theme of disaster, redemption, and survival– but with an echo of hope resonating above and beyond the somber melody and words.

The flood comes and it cannot be stopped; we survive, we endure.  For those whose spirit is parched and dry from wandering the wasteland, drink up.  Rain is here in Humboldt today, but we are running dry indeed.

 

When the night shows
the signals grow on radios
All the strange things
they come and go, as early warnings

Stranded starfish have no place to hide
still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction
we cannot even choose a side.

I took the old track
the hollow shoulder, across the waters

On the tall cliffs
they were getting older, sons and daughters

The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
and as the nails sunk in the cloud,
the rain was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood

If again the seas are silent
in any still alive

It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls

In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash

Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me

And if we break before the dawn,
they’ll use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
in any still alive

It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

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