In the shower, where many of my songs are born, I started thinking about the storm devastation on the East Coast. I lived through a flood a few years ago and everytime I see flood reports on the news I have great empathy.
I have been wanting to write about flooding and devastation for awhile but don't want to talke about one specific flood eg: Noah, Katrina, Spring rains, the recent Hurricane etc. I want it to be more general.
I'm thinking the sound should be in the style of a sea shanty, think Stan Rogers.
Working title and end line?
"When Land Gets Taken By The Sea"
1st verse: About God, Noah, rainbow story
God looked down and saw the wickedness of man. He choose Noah as the most righteous of his time. Noah built the Ark over the course of 120 years and collected the animals and things that would be saved from the deluge. The rainbow is a covenant that God vows to never send another flood to destroy the earth.
Chorus: The jealousy of the Sea
The sea remembers covering the earth, possessing and caressing the world with water. It is angry that the land was taken from it.
2nd verse: Storms, weather, randomness of fate
Rising tides, dark clouds, torrents, mudslides, tsunami's, erosion
3rd verse: Dams, dikes, sandbags and levees.
This verse describes some of the defenses that man has tried to hold back the water.
4th verse: A flood w destruction
The water washes away the works of man. The water is victorious in it's battle with the land/man.
5th verse Cleanup, survivors, eulogize the lost
Retreat of the water. Assessing the damage and destruction. Cleanup of dirt and debris. Mourning losses and rebuilding. The promise of the rainbow.