"From A Distance" as written by and Julie Gold....
From a distance the world looks blue and green
And the snow capped mountains white
From a distance the ocean meets the stream
And the eagle takes to flight

From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope
It's the voice of peace
It's the voice of every man

From a distance we all have enough
And no one is in need
And there are no guns, no bombs and no disease
No hungry mouths to feed

From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band
Playing songs of hope
Playing songs of peace
They are the songs of every man

God is watching us
God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance

From a distance you look like my friend
Even though we are at war
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
What all this fightings for
From a distance there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
And it's the hope of hopes
It's the love of loves
It's the heart of every man
It's the hope of hopes
It's the love of loves
This is the song for every man

God is watching us
God is watching us
God is watching us from a distance

God is watching us
God is watching
God is watching us from a distance


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"From a Distance" as written by Julie Gold

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    General CommentI always took the meaning to be a little bit of sarcasm. From a distance, we have utopia. And since God is watching us from a distance, He thinks everything is A-OK on our little world. I was surprised to find that most people think of it as a religious and/or uplifting song.
    Swanieon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song was NOT written by Bette Midler. It was written by Julie Gold and the best version is Nanci Griffith's. If you have not heard that version download it right now. Bette's version was too overproduced and very bombastic. Just too much stuff. It also ends with the God is watching us line repeated over and over which really isn't the point of the song.

    Nanci's just has the God is watching us part at the bridge. Then it ends with "it's the song of everyman" Which musically makes a lot more sense. She also uses better quiet and loud dynamics and it builds much better to the end.

    It is an awesome song but after hearing Nanci Griffith's version I can't listen to Bette's without rolling my eyes. Nanci's version is definitely the definitive one out there.
    robsunon May 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is soooo beutiful!!!!
    Sunnyon August 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, Sunny. I know the war's nearly over, but this song really relates to recent events. From a distance, Earth looks like a blue and green lump of rock, but when you get to know it, it's something quite different.
    Harriet_Potteron April 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI remember growing up to this song, but I don't know the original artist. My mom taped the music video, and I only remember the singer standing by a tree while she sang, and a scene with two little kids playing together. It was a really encouraging song, but sometimes hard to accept, I guess.
    I love this song, even now. "From a distance, there is harmony..." I love it.
    scuzzaon June 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song by Bette Midler, was a huge hit for her. As a humanities major, and a deep emotional person I had to know more about this song. Yes its about the world and getting to know it.
    Yet I don't think many people know its true intent or what the writer intended it to be.
    It is about humanity in general, and also a world of what could be, if we only gave little things to change.
    The song sets up a desperate dream for "there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease. No hungry mouths to feed." it is a dream everyone wants for the better of ourselves and for the world. "its the heart of every man." We all need this hope even though it cannot come to pass, "From a distance, You look like my friend, even though we are at war."
    This song is making us aware, and crying out to have us try harder, and try to make the dream happen. This song has carried with me through the years, and still shows the message it intends, no matter what date. Time has been powerless against this song. And it will remain one of the best songs for us all.
    6827on April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA crappy feel-good song with a really messed up, deist view of God. He watches us (apparently heaven is a real place in the universe, maybe in the next galaxy) from a distance, but He doesn't seem to care much about us and He certainly doesn't intervene. Meanwhile, the songwriter's simple mind ponders "why can't we all get along".

    No doubt, this song will bring tears to the eyes of overweight soccer moms everywhere.
    elcapitanlocoon August 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcannot stand this song. it followed me for the entire winter season.
    RaptureRider08on May 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut yes... this song is the deist view of god... or maybe saying that god just sees his perfect world cause from a distance you look like my friend... where god is watching us
    Solarce1975on September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always took it as her saying, deep down everyone is the same in their hearts regardless of our religion or even what country we live in. Everyone wants to be happy and although there are some differences, our morals and value systems are extremely similar. After all, "It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace, it's the voice of every man." We all want to live in peace and harmony. Yeah, extremely optimistic view of people and sure there are examples of people that actually crave violence and hatred, but the majority really do just want to be happy.

    To me the point of the song is simply why can't we focus on the bigger picture and the things all people share in common as opposed to the more trivial things like what name you give your deity or how you view the creation theory. Also why can't we focus on what is really important in the world, humanity, as opposed to our egocentric view where we only think about our own personal bank accounts and that new DVD we want to pick up next and let others starve on the streets.

    If people would get past their personal desire for wealth and biases and really start really looking at the whole world and not just what they can take from it for themselves, the world would be a much better place. Yeah, she mentions God in the song, but really the song can fit pretty much any religion cause the core morals and doctrine are the same.

    It is kinda like the saying "Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" only on a world wide level where you substitute the word "world" in for "country". To me, this song is a lot like the song "Imagine" by John Lennon. She is merely asking people to imagine a world where people share what they have instead of hoard it so there is no longer anyone starving and no more stupid wars over who has the natural resources or petty violence and fighting over who has more money. Everyone basically being treated equal and as human beings, not just numbers.
    Desiaon October 09, 2009   Link

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