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Album: A Momentary Lapse Of ReasonReleased: 1987
The lyrics start off with: "The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land, Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky," which has overtones from the John Steinbeck classic Grapes Of Wrath
. In fact, the whole song seems to borrow ideas described in the book - these can be found in every alternate chapter, with one chapter describing the journey of a family and the next describing how the community on the whole is evolving.