Here comes the flood

Peter Gabriel, 1977

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 nail 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.

Tabs:
https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/peter_gabriel/here_comes_the_flood_guitar_pro_972869

Chords:
https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/peter_gabriel/here_comes_the_flood_chords_2143439

On a commencé par une chanson de Peter Gabriel, et on termine par une autre, et en plus, du même album : « Here comes the flood ».

Cette chanson de 1977 n’est pas biblique et ne fait pas référence à l’élément liquide, mais en fait parle de technologie (come souvent chez Peter Gabriel) et du fait que, alors que l’internet n’avait même pas encore fait ses débuts, la quantité d’information échangée entre les gens devenait trop importante (The flood) … Et y’en a qui se demandent pourquoi je considère que Peter Gabriel est un génie?

En plus la mélodie est poignante, sa voix est superbe, et les versions live de cette chanson (comme celle-ci à la télé en 1979 or celle-la lors d’un concert à Milan en 2003) qu’il chante en solo juste au piano me font frissonner de plaisir.