"All You Zombies" as written by Rob Hyman and Eric M Bazilian....
Holy Moses met the Pharaoh
Yeah, he tried to set him straight
Looked him in the eye,
"Let my people go!"

Holy Moses on the mountain
High above the golden calf
Went to get the Ten Commandments
Yeah, he's just gonna break 'em in half!

All you zombies hide your faces,
All you people in the street,
All you sittin' in high places,
The pieces gonna fall on you

No one ever spoke to Noah,
They all laughed at him instead
Workin' on his ark,
Workin' all by himself

Only Noah saw it comin',
Forty days and forty nights,
Took his sons and daughters with him,
Yeah, they were the Israelites!

All you zombies hide your faces,
All you people in the street,
All you sittin' in high places,
The rain's gonna fall on you

Holy Father, what's the matter?
Where have all your children gone?
Sittin' in the dark,
Livin' all by themselves,
You don't have to hide anymore!

All you zombies show your faces,
All you people in the street,
All you sittin' in high places,
The pieces gonna fall on you!

All you zombies show your faces,
(I see you out there!)
All you people in the street,
(Let's see you!)
All you sittin in high places,
It's all gonna fall on you!


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"All You Zombies" as written by Eric M. Bazilian Eric Bazilian

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  • +4
    General Commentlol its old testiment refferances so it applies to christain and jew alike. I find it quite offencesive that im supposedly a zombie becuase i wont base my beleifs on a series of heavily manipluated acieant literature and the way in which my society has chosen to interpret it. beliving in somthing with blind "faith" and with out an open mind seems a whole lot closer to the mindless undead if you ask me =P weather it be religion, patriotism or anything else of the nature. :)
    motzoon December 15, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe reason churchy radio stations wont play this song-
    People in high places are the Churches leadership
    This is a cheeky shot at the lack of leadership that existence in the church, not willing to face actual persecution to make a change or take large action to generate it
    None are prophet like, and none stand taking a radical positive movement towards humanity (unlike noah and Moses)
    Holy Father, what's the matter?
    Where have all your children gone?
    Sittin' in the dark,
    Livin' all by themselves,
    You don't have to hide anymore!

    This is a request for church leadership to see people are leaving and to achieve something make a change to the world with the power they have

    All you zombies show your faces,
    (I see you out there!)
    All you people in the street,
    (Let's see you!)
    All you sittin in high places,
    It's all gonna fall on you!

    And this reference is the pieces of the tablet once fell on the non church now falls on church leadership- a reversal
    CAFAon July 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthow come no one has commented on this song? It's an absolute classic.
    Im not sure of the meaning, but I'm guessing it's about mindless people following others= Zombies...I think it's telling us to STAND UP for what we beleieve. Something along those lines...
    mcrsgerard_03on January 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a great song, but the last verse always makes me laugh... Noah and his family were supposed to be around centuries before the Israelites even came into being. Splitting hairs perhaps, but the singer makes such a big point about it lol.
    david_lpfanon March 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChristians, quit being Zombies and take a stand for your faith and what is right.
    simfaithguitaron June 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSorry to tell you guys who commented before, but the two guys who wrote this song are both Jewish so I don't think it was intended to have any "Christian- specific" meaning behind it. Of course you can take it to mean whatever you want personally but I don't believe that was what it meant to them.
    mikey9090on September 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome times lyrics are put in just to sound good...
    Just look at the beastie boys songs..
    muletrainhoeon January 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI don't think this has much of a true interpretation besides the obvious Bible references and the lines "All you people hide your faces. All you people in the street."

    However, this is my interpretation of the lyrics:

    Moses stood up to Pharaoh, even though there was going to be consequences.
    "Holy Moses met the Pharaoh
    Yeah, he tried to set him straight
    Looked him in the eye,
    'Let my people go!'"

    He went to the mountain and got the Ten Commandments, but broke it in anger, after seeing the idol that the people had made while he was gone.
    "Holy Moses on the mountain
    High above the golden calf
    Went to get the Ten Commandments
    Yeah, he's just gonna break 'em in half!"

    A metaphor for the people being punished afterward.
    "The pieces gonna fall on you"

    They mocked Noah for building the ark, but it didn't dissuade him from continuing his work.
    "No one ever spoke to Noah,
    They all laughed at him instead
    Workin' on his ark,
    Workin' all by himself"

    He took his family with him on the ark to be safe from the flood.
    Some of his family's descendants eventually became the Israelites.
    "Only Noah saw it comin',
    Forty days and forty nights,
    Took his sons and daughters with him,
    Yeah, they were the Israelites!"

    The people who weren't on the ark were wiped out by the flood.
    "The rain's gonna fall on you"

    A lot of the people are embarrassed and afraid to let others know that they are followers of God(e.g. Peter denying Jesus), and a lot of the denominations keep to themselves and don't try to reach out to the others everywhere and be a community of Christians, undivided.
    "Holy Father, what's the matter?
    Where have all your children gone?
    Sittin' in the dark,
    Livin' all by themselves,
    You don't have to hide anymore!"

    Most 'followers' of God don't have the courage and vigor that those such as Moses and Noah had, thus the "zombies" part.
    Eventually, it's all going to fall on them for doing nothing.
    "All you zombies show your faces,
    (I see you out there!)
    All you people in the street,
    (Let's see you!)
    All you sittin in high places,
    It's all gonna fall on you!"
    AkaiEdgeon September 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it's just nonsensical. It's only played on commercial radio because it's radio-friendly and it was part of the early 80s era.
    MartyHon November 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZombies.. Lets start by whom isn't a zombie? Moses, the Israelites, Noah and sons and daughters. Hmm sounds like Patriarchs of the bible, those whom served God.
    Who is the rain going to fall on? Who is the pieces going to fall on? Pieces I'd say refer to the commandments. Rain fell on the sinners or those who would not listen to Noah's warning (Noah was also a preacher of righteousness). By this I'd say, zombies refer to non-believers "those that laughed at him" even those that sit in high places (the video refers to a warring general). The Rain didn't "fall"on Noah.
    The Pieces didn't "fall" on Moses. Thus why I say those as listed above are not zombies.
    Pieces fall or the Law falls on the zombies. They are under the Law.
    Rain was the punishment that falls on the zombies , they were "judged"
    zombies hide from the Law or from Judgment.
    Zombies show your faces, could mean come out and repent. or the Pieces aka the Law or the Rain aka judgment will fall on you.
    "Holy Father..... where have all your children gone ", well, we are all God's children.
    I think this is a song about telling people (zombies) to repent....title is "ALL you zombies" and even includes "children (God's)".
    the song does define who the zombies are and defines what Rain and Pieces are too.
    Any objections? This is after all, my interpretation on this. Heck I could be wrong.
    highpalmson June 18, 2015   Link

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