"The Flood" as written by Guy Chambers, Katie Melua and Lauren / Christie....
Broken people get recycled
And I hope that I will.
Sometimes we're thrown off our pathways
What I thought was my way home
Wasn't the place I know
I'm certain nothing's certain
What we own becomes our prison
My possessions will be gone
Back to where they came from

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again

See the rock that you hold onto
Is it gonna save you
When the earth begins to crumble?
Why do you feel you have to hold on?
Imagine if you let go

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again

Wash away the weight that pulls you down
Ride the waves that free you from the dusk?

Don't trust your eyes
It's easy to believe them
Know in your heart
That you can leave your prison

Don't trust your mind
It's not always listening
Turn on the lights
And feel the ancient rhythm

Don't trust your eyes
It's easy to believe them
Know in your heart
That you can leave your prison

Blame, no one is to blame
As natural as the rain that falls
Here comes the Flood again


Lyrics submitted by Nossirom, edited by DoubleZedd

"The Flood" as written by Guy Chambers Katie Melua

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    General CommentI think that this is a song about being at peace with the bad things that can happen in a lifetime. To me, it is about letting go of those pains and searching for a better place inside. It is natural to have moments that make you cry, and just as fast as you choose to cry, you can choose to find peace in it and be happy again... Just let go of your ego and listen to your heart.
    Lavana1111on May 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseriously.
    NO ONE HAS COMMENTED ON THIS?!
    SERIOUSLY?!

    This song is a work of art.
    it's brilliant.
    eelyloveon May 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what Katie herself said about the song: The song is full of metaphors and the main message, that I tell myself, is to be free and to let go and to surrender to yourself and your power. It’s not a song about natural disasters like volcanoes!
    Bekkieon June 07, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation

    “Broken people get recycled”…

    When we get hurt, the pieces of our old Self form a new identity; from the old Self we are borne anew; this is true when there’s a sudden turning point in our life as a result of a personal loss which - just like a violent flood destroying anything in its pathway - is unexpected and shatters our inner world. The song emphasizes that just like the rain that falls, the flood is certain to come back; raining is a natural phenomena and so are the “floods” that break us to pieces in a never-ending cycle; hence, no one is to blame. It just is.

    max78on June 26, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI took this in a more biblical sense, simply because it mentions blame and floods. In this light, it sounds like the flood washing away sin and the sinners. Human sin is natural, so no one is to blame for the second flood (and earth crumbling implies apocalypse).
    "Why do you feel you have to hold on" conjures up the thoughts of people desperately trying to survive the end of the world when it's so much easier just to let go, and in that sense, die or be purified.

    The moral sense most people have gets contaminated by what we see and do, and we slowly ignore what is right. The "ancient rhythm" may refer to a more spiritual sense.
    DoubleZeddon February 19, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti think it is about life, death, reincarnation, organ transplant and freedom of the soul.

    - broken people get recycled -
    if you are dead, and it is possible you still can do so much GOOD, letting others have a longer or better life with the organs that you no longer need.
    - and i hope that i will -
    i think that Katie Melua hopes that if the moment should come that when she is dead, that even in death, she would be able to add some good to others lifes.

    - what we own becomes our prison -
    when you are very old or very ill, your body (what we "own" ) does not do what the soul/the mind WANTS it to do. so it becomes our prison that prevents us to be free.

    - my possesions will be gone, back to where they came from -
    this CAN mean real possesions. things. because when you have died, you can not take them with you.
    but it can ALSO mean: your body will go away. burried. or burned. ashes to ashes. dust to dust.

    - see the rock that you hold on to, is it gonna save you ... -
    the rock...your body, when old or sick, is nothing more than a burdon.
    still...even the very sick hold on to it, because they are afraid to die.
    - why do you feel you have to hold on...imagine if you let GO...-
    imagine...the weight of that sick body gone...
    imagine the freedom when the spirit is free to fly. no more pain. no more sickness.
    no more sadness. because sadness is for the ones that are alive.
    they do not see the whole picture.
    a soul CAN see the whole picture. so they know, there is so much more than 'just' life.

    if you listen carefully...there is the sound of a heart beating in this song.
    and if you notice you will find that at the end, the beating slows down...and stops...even before the song is finished fully.
    in my opinion, that is the life that has stopped...
    the soul that has let go of an disfunctioning body...
    a soul that has chosen freedom...is soaring in the sky, full of light and joy...

    free...to be born again in a next life. a young life.
    with new possibilities, new chalenges, new lessons, new chances.

    and in a way...reincarnation is ALSO a way of 'recycling'
    - broken people get recycled -
    a soul...that has been freed from his old or sick body...now free to be NEW again.
    lieveselinaon September 21, 2013   Link

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