"High Ground" as written by and Timothy/fink Freedman....
Hey, big man, come down from there
You know, with your hands,
What you can do from there
I know that you loved one long time ago
And what happened to you then
Made your heart turn to stone

And there’s a rain coming down
To the valley below
And I know just how they feel
Cause when the water rises
They start to look for high ground
Just like me when you come around

Hey, big man, big wind, don’t blow
Don’t come search for me
I beg of you both


Cause there’s a rain coming down
To the valley below
And I know just how they feel
Cause when the water rises
They start to look for high ground
Just like me when you come around

All you have to do
Is think of me and you
And all these things
Enter my dreams
And warn, yes they warn me


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    General CommentI'm pretty certain that it's "I beg of you beau." It just makes more sense to me that way.
    IceCuban06on April 05, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe contrasting personality traits are remarkable: strength or weakness, physical or emotional, man or woman, blame or forgiveness, young or old, all in opposing supply. The only conclusion I'm comfortable making is that this song is about domestic abuse.

    The lyrics left infinite room for interpretation, but I heard the following:

    A muscular, weak-minded man and a petite, strong-willed girl have a naturally disastrous relationship (hence a natural disaster metaphor like flooding). He was hurt in the past and subconsciously blames (or at least, punishes) her for his emotional pain through physical abuse. She understands his plight, but she knows leaving is her only option to survive. Also, I would assume this relationship is romantic, but it could just as reasonably be a father/child (imaging the loss is the death of the mother), in which case the genders are irrelevant.

    "Hey big man, come down from there
    You know, with your hands,
    What you can do from there."

    I infer "come down" means he has a specific addiction as a crutch, which could be alcohol or others drugs, including steroids, or perhaps the insinuation is merely that he's noticeably enraged again, so his anger is what's elevated here.


    "I know that you loved one time long ago
    And what happened to you then
    Made your heart turn to stone."

    There's the line to permit my idea of his addiction as an attempt to numb pain from his past. My mind immediately conjures up a past romance, but it could be any undeserved pain, such as the death of a loved one or even if a prior flood wiped out his home and business.


    "And there's a rain coming down
    To the valley below,
    And I know just how they feel.
    Cause when the water rises,
    They start to look for high ground.
    Just like me when you come around."

    Enter the metaphor of their relationship as a natural disaster. I love that the lyrics allow for both events happening concurrently, as if an evacuation for the flood presented the opportunity to abandon him (or whatever the situation is, I suppose "water rises" itself could be a figure of speech for anything else).


    "Hey, big man, big wind, don't blow,
    Don't come search for me.
    I beg of you both."

    This second verse is fantastic, because I can feel it going a multitude of ways. It leaves the impression as though he has been left, but still she is scarred and scared now. Inner peace is a far away.


    "All you have to do
    Is think of me and you,
    And all these things
    Enter my dreams
    And warn, yes they warn me."

    This bridge is haunting, both lyrically and musically. Presuming she has now left him, the line could speak to moments of doubt and whether she did the right thing (but all she has to do is remember the worst to know she did). The second person a bit of stumbling block, so it's equally understandable that she hopes her leaving served as a punishment (for how he mistreated her) or that she genuinely wanted him to conclude that they were unhappy together.

    I kept using genders, largely due to Orenda Fink singing it in first person, but I believe all these lyrics were purposefully indistinct. There is literally no limitation to how this song can be internalized. Truly, an amazing composition!
    PinsNeedleson June 02, 2015   Link

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