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A Song For The Singularity

Another lyric post, this time my favourite Peter Gabriel track. Written long before Vinge's essay, but it captures the essence of change, of dissolution, of transcendence that lies at the heart of the idea of the Singularity.

Here Comes The Flood

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.


There are at least four different versions of this song. I'd recommend the version that Gabriel and Fripp recorded as "Water Music", on Exposure.

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bibliofile
Aug. 14th, 2003 02:03 am (UTC)
It's still a good song, now. I think I best like the version from PG's third album (hands) in German. It's been years & years since I've heard Exposure, but even your aside brings back memories.
peteyoung
Aug. 14th, 2003 02:41 am (UTC)
Saw Gabriel and Fripp do 'Here Comes The Flood' in 1977 on Gabriel's first tour after leaving Genesis. They even did 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' for an encore.
sbisson
Aug. 14th, 2003 02:45 am (UTC)
[grrrr]
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Aug. 15th, 2003 03:14 am (UTC)
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