"After The Flood" as written by Mark S. Hollis and Timothy Alan Friese-greene....
Sang soulless loud
Herding step on flesh
And nothing else
To well
To drown & drown
Sleight of reason
How they come
Cain in number
The crowd
Spurning step by state
Blame something else
Within without
How they run
Slain in number

Shake my head
Turn my face to the floor
Dead to respect
To respect to be born
Lest we forget who lay

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"After the Flood" as written by Timothy Alan Friese-greene Mark S. Hollis

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    General CommentI know this is a big cliche on this website, but I seriously can't believe no one has commented on this song. I mean, I understand it might be a little difficult to understand what he's singing about, but we could all at least take a crack at it.

    The chorus seems to be about reincarnation and respecting the dead. Maybe in the line "To respect to be born" he's talking about karma and the only way to be born again is to lead a good life in the previous one.

    I dunno. You guys give it a try.
    timothyrealon December 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems its about not having a reason to live, not knowing oneself. Drowning in life and looking down upon the way society works. Its a view from an outsider. "within without"-what a great fucking line.

    this is my favorite song..btw.
    bigdt87on December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think bigdt87 has got something quite right. The french symbolistic poet Arthur Rimbaud also wrote the poem "Après le déluge" that in english was entitled "After The Flood".. Arthur Rimbaud is also very known as an "outsider of society", and he did also write a lot of what bigdt87 also mentions: "not having a reason to live, not knowing oneself".
    LeFleurDuMalon September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this refers mainly to the flood story in the Bible (a very common source for Mr Hollis,) with the first section describing a fallen civilization and their drowning. And the last lines are about us remembering this.
    Psimonon July 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Noah and the great flood.

    Cain in number. Cain (Cain & Able), a man who killed his own brother. Everyone has a piece of Cain within them, and God punishes them. The people are sighted and weeded by God in the flood. The people are slain (intentionally killed) in number.
    ... This is a very brief analysis. Can't be bothered typing anymore.
    Engeladam409on May 01, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is quite literally about rapture itself. He talks about the decadent society being wiped out by the flood (angels and the horsemen). The people are characterized as soulless, and bags of flesh that are idolaters who blame others for their mistakes. At the end the character is in disarray over what happens, and is a testament to what occurred. I believe at the end he is giving thanks to God for life, and to remember to follow his way of life he set for us.

    This entire album deals with the subject, and nature of God, as well as the bible.
    Shiggy2014on October 05, 2014   Link
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    General CommentClearly the song is a prophetic piece. Both foreboding the redundancies at TalkTalk the communications company, along with the later but recent, flooding of some of its offices from torrential rain.

    And also a scathing commentary on the theft and flippant abandon affected on the fineries of human creativity.
    Such a poignant closing lyric, revering the paramount effort exacted by those tasked with the groundwork of much of humanities progress.

    "Lest we forget who lay"

    ynCanumeddwlon October 06, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMy Interpretation

    I see this as being applauded by the act of genocide which no matter who does it is a crime against mankind. The lyrics give me the feeling of a disregard for humanity from god. This rings true for me when he signs 'Shake my head
    Turn my face to the floor
    Dead to respect
    To respect to be born
    Lest we forget who lay'
    A person shakes their head and faces down when disgusted by an act of inhumanity such as the Holocaust. This song is referring to the story of Noah's ark which to me, is Hitler's dream realized by a sociopath.
    linkjoneson December 23, 2014   Link

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