"The Rising Tide (Live Demo)" as written by Brandon Flowers, Dave Brent Keuning, Mark August Stoermer and Ronnie Jr. Vannucci....
The streets of persuasion
Are plated with gold
Your heart's in the right place,
But you travel down the wrong road
Like so many before you
The gates open wide
Here come the rising tide (rising tide)

Let's go out tonight
There's a mystery underneath the neon light
Before life and dreams collide
'Cause the truth's gonna come and cut me open wide
And you can't escape the rising of the tide

Keep up your appearance; you're joining the choir
With everybody singing out "Glory, Hallelujah" (Hallelujah)
The time came for your solo
But there was nowhere to hide
Here come the rising tide (rising tide)

And the company you keep,
Well they plan your crucifixion as we speak
So, baby 'til life and the dream collide
There's gonna be a mystery underneath those neon lights
If you can't decipher just who's on your side
You will not escape the rising of the tide

Can you tell me brother? Was I deceived, or in denial?
I was there, in the back of the room, when you testified

With your pitchfork tongue, you licked your lips and lied
We're never gonna know how hard you cried
When you petitioned and your access was denied
'Til the venom in your veins is satisfied
'Til you suffocate and swallow down the pride

Well you can't escape
(You can't escape)
Yeah, you can't escape
(You can't escape)
No, you can't escape the rising of the tide


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"The Rising Tide" as written by Dave Brent Keuning Brandon Flowers

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    My InterpretationChezzz you're right but I think is no only about revelation, and armageddon. I think is more about choosing the wrong religion.I want to make clear that I'm atheist and I'm not trying to make you believe in anything, just my interpretation of the song:

    1. The streets of persuasion Are plated with gold ("fake" hurches will sell an idea, and they persuade you with promises of eternal life and abundance)

    2. Your heart's in the right place, But you travel down the wrong road (you believe in god but you're in the wrong religion)

    3. Like so many before you The gates open wide (Matthew 7:13 New American Standard Bible (© 1995)
    "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.) I think they mean: don't choose the easy way, the easy religion.

    4. Here comes the rising tide (here comes the judgment day).

    5. Let's go out tonight, There's a mystery underneath those neon lights,Until life and dream collide, 'Cause the truth's gonna come and cut you open wide, And you can't escape the rising of the tide (Let me tell you the truth about your religion, that truth's gonna come and cut you open wide)

    6. Keep up your appearance; you're joining the choir, With everybody singing out Glory Hallelujah, The songs get you nowhere, There's nowhere to hide (many hypocrite people go to church, sing and pray there, and believe that it will save them, but singing will get you nowhere)

    7.And the company you keep, Well they plan your crucifixion as we speak. (I think "company" refers to the
    leader, priest, minister or reverend of your religion)

    8. You'll petition, but your access was denied And you can't escape the rising of the tide (you've got no hope, you were in the wrong way all your life)

    9. Can you tell me brother was I deceived, or in denial? (deceived by the religion)

    But the whole song may refer to someone who chose the path of crime by false promises and chasing a dream an illusion, and then was betrayed by his partners.Jajajaja that's what i like about The Killers songs!!!!
    hendavidon November 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYES!! im the first to comment on this!
    I am so stoked about a new album by the Killers!
    I have a feeling this song is about revelation, and armageddon,
    "you can't escape the rising of the tide"<-- The end is going to come
    "You'll be running but there ain't nowhere to hide" <-- you can't hide from God
    "Well you took the stand, you licked your lips, and you lied" <-- you sinned
    "Well they plan your crucifixion as we speak" <-- you're going to go to hell
    "There's gonna be a mystery underneath those neon lights" <-- God is going to judge you (in an interviewy sorta way)
    "With everybody singing out
    Glory Hallelujah" <-- You're praising God to save yourself

    Well, thats all I got, thoughts people?
    Also, does anyone know when the release date of the album "The rising tide" is coming out?





    Chezzzon August 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI can't find this song, in which album is it?
    killersmad1200on November 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBrandon Flowers' religious, but that doesn't mean this song's religious. He wouldn't either write a song against any other religions. He said in an interview that he respects all religions and beliefs, that everyone's entitled to believe what they like. He said he didn't believe in putting any beliefs down, so I don't think he'd write a song against religion..........
    nomorepainon August 30, 2012   Link

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