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Video: Bette Midler – Here Comes The Flood – Art Or Bust – 1984 – Lyrics – Song Meaning


Here Comes The Flood

Bette Midler – Art Or Bust 1984


Here Comes The Flood
(Peter Brian Gabriel)

When the night glows
The signals grow on radios
And the strange winds
They all come and go
They're early warnings
I take the old track
The hollow shoulder
By the water
On the tall cliffs
They're all getting older
Sons and daughters
Stranded starfish with no place to hide
Waiting for some swollen Easter tide
And I have no direction
I cannot even choose a side

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
And yet I know that we can stem
The rising of the tide
Provide, provide
The time is on your side
Drink up
Drink up to human kind

And when the flood calls
You have no home
You have no walls
In the thunder crash
A thousand minds go in a flash
Jaded underworld be riding high
Waves of steel and metal rip the skies

And as the rain cuts through the cloud
The rain so warm will soak this crowd

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
And yet I know that we can stem
The rising of the tide
Provide, provide
The time is on our side
Drink up
Drink up to human kind

Lord, here comes the flood
Lord, here comes the flood
Lord, here comes the flood
Lord, here comes the flood

And yet I know that we can stem
The rising of the tide
If we will just provide
Provide, provide
The time is on our side
Drink up
Drink up to human kind
Human kind
Human kind
Human kind

Drink up
Drink up to human kind

Peter Gabriel Discusses Song’s Meaning


Mister D: I have read an interview with Peter Gabriel in which he states that Here Comes the Flood is the story of what happens when the entirety of the world’s population becomes telepathic, and we can no longer lie to each other or keep secrets. Some people will be able to handle it and there will be others who drown.

Here is a snippet of that interview:

When I wrote this song [Here Comes The Flood] I had an obsession with short-wave radio and I was always amazed at the way in which the radio signals would become stronger as daylight faded. I felt as if psychic energy levels would also increase in the night. I had had an apocalyptic dream in which the psychic barriers which normally prevent us from seeing into each others’ thoughts had been completely eroded producing a mental flood. Those that had been used to having their innermost thoughts exposed would handle this torrent and those inclined to concealment would drown in it. (‘Peter Gabriel’ by Armando Gallo, Omnibus Press, 1986.)


Bette Midler – Here Comes The Flood – Art Or Bust – 1984

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Bette Midler: Here Comes The Flood

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