"The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)", known better by its shortened commercial title, "The Tide Is Turning" is the closing track from Roger Waters' second studio album, Radio K.A.O.S. It was released as the album's third single, in November 1987. A live version of the song was released as the second single from Waters' debut live album, The Wall – Live in Berlin in November 1990.
Though Waters had offered his services for the Live Aid concert in 1985 and been turned down by organizer Bob Geldof, the event still inspired Waters to write this song. After he had recorded the Radio KAOS album, which ends with a simulated nuclear attack in the song "Four Minutes," his record company informed him that the album was too bleak and needed a more upbeat ending. Waters then recorded and added "The Tide Is Turning" to give the album a more optimistic finish.
It was released as a CD single that included a live version of the Pink Floyd song "Money", written by Waters for their highly successful 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. It was recorded during Waters' Radio K.A.O.S. Tour, in which he toured the United States and Canada for four months in late 1987. It also included an unreleased track that was recorded during the sessions for Radio KAOS but not used. "Get Back to Radio" (listed as a demo recording, i.e., not a finished track), was originally written to be an album opener, but later scrapped after the story for Radio KAOS was fully developed. The demo itself does not follow nor reference Billy or the story of Radio KAOS