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I used to think the world was flat
Rarely threw my hat into the crowd
I felt I had used up my quota of yearning
Used to look in on the children at night
In the glow of their Donald Duck light
And frighten myself with the thought of my little ones burning
But, oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
The tide is turning

Satellite buzzing through the endless night
Exclusive to moonshots and world title fights
Jesus Christ, imagine what it must be earning
Who is the strongest
Who is the best
Who holds the aces
The East
Or the West
This is the crap our children are learning
But oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
The tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning

Now the satellite's confused
'Cause on Saturday night
The airwaves were full of compassion and light
And his silicon heart
Warmed to the sight of a billion candles burning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
The tide is turning Billy

I'm not saying that the battle is won
But on Saturday night all those kids in the sun
Wrested technology's sword from the hand of the war lords
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
The tide is turning Sylvester
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
Oh, oh, oh, the tide is turning
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    UnregisteredApr 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    The song was written by roger after live aid in 1985. It demonstrates how our minds were slowly changing from the depressed times of the cold war to showing our massed human compassion. Sylvester is sylvester stallone, roger doesn't like his brand of movie. Billy (one assumes) is the protagonists of the album's story. Water's brilliance without the trademark bleakness.
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    UnregisteredJan 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    Nobody seems to want to even post a meaning to these lyrics so i will. In short its the thematic climax of water's album "radio kaos". The basic message is that all in all, in the end, family and compassion win out over mass media, over the cold war, over the potential nuclear holocaust that could have happened at any time, remembering this song was written in the 1980s.

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