OK sooo... what exactly is he saying here?
A hard rain's a-gonna fall, basically.
The original song only included the first stanza and seemed to convey a sense of hopefulness about the country's apparent shift towards more humanistic policies. The "rising tide" and "landslide" in the refrain originally represented the then overwhelming and palpable desire for significant change. The additions to the song, however, bemoan the apathy and disillusionment that characterize our current political climate and designate the "high tide" as something that now belongs to resentful populists. Hence "a mob is a democracy," etc.
Thanks, wtf japan. I/we need to hear the original song for context.
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