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Peter Gabriel - Us (1992)



Come Talk To Me

The wretched desert takes it's form,
The jackal proud and tight,
In search of you I feel my way,
Through slowest heaving night

Whatever fear invents,
I swear it make no sense
I reach out through the border fence
Come down, come talk to me

In the swirling curling storm of desire
Unuttered words hold fast
With reptile tongue the lightning lashes
Towers built to last

Darkness creeps in like a thief
And offers no relief
Why are you shaking like a leaf?
Come on, come talk to me

Ah please talk to me
Won't you please talk to me
We can unlock this misery

Come on, come talk to me
I did not come to steal
This all is so unreal
Can't you show me how you feel
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me, come talk to me

The earthly power sucks shadowed milk,
From sleepy tears undone
From nippled skin as smooth as silk,
The bugles blow as one
You lie there with your eyes half closed,
Like there's noone there at all
There's a tension pulling on your face

Come on, come talk to me
Won't you please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me
Don't you ever change your mind
Now your future's so defined
And you act so deaf so blind
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me, come talk to me

I can imagine the moment
Breaking out through the silence
All the things that we both might say
And the heart it will not be denied
'Til we're both on the same damn side
All the barriers blown away

I said please talk to me
Won't you please come talk to me
Just like it used to be

Come on, come talk to me
I did not come to steal
This all is so unreal
Can you show me how you feel now
Come on, come talk to me

Come talk to me, come talk to me
I said please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me

Don't you ever change your mind
Now your future's so defined
And you act so deaf so blind
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me, come talk to me


Love To Be Loved

So, you know how people are

When it's all gone much too far

The way their minds are made

Still, there's something you should know

That I could not let show

That fear of letting go

And in this moment, I need to be needed

With this darkness all around me, I like to be liked

In this emptiness and fear, I want to be wanted

'Cause I love to be loved

I love to be loved [x2]

Yes, I love to be loved

I cry the way that babies cry

The way they can't deny

The way they feel

Words, they climb all over you

'Til they uncover you

>From where you hide

And in this moment, I need to be needed

When my self-esteem is sinking, I like to be liked

In this emptiness and fear,

I want to be wanted

'Cause I love to be loved

I love to be loved [x2]

Oh I love to be loved

This old familiar craving

I've been here before, this way of behaving

Don't know who the hell I'm saving anymore

Let it pass let it go let it leave

>From the deepest place I grieve

This time I believe

And I let go [x2]

I can let go of it

Though it takes all the strength in me

And all the world can see

I'm losing such a central part of me

I can let go of it

You know I mean it

You know that I mean it

I recognize how much I've lost

But I cannot face the cost

'Cause I love to be loved

Yes I love to be loved

I love to be loved

[x3]

I love to be loved

I love to be loved

Yes I love to be loved


Blood Of Eden

I caught sight of my reflection

I caught it in the window

I saw the darkness in my heart

I saw the signs of my undoing

They had been there from the start

And the darkness still has work to do

The knotted chord's untying

The heated and the holy

Oh they're sitting there on high

So secure with everything they're buying

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

With the man in the woman and the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

We wanted the the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

My grip is surely slipping

I think I've lost my hold

Yes I think I've lost my hold

I cannot get insurance any more

They don't take credit, only gold

Is that a dagger or a crucifix I see

You hold so tightly in your hand

And all the while the distance grows between you and me

I do not understand

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

With the man in the woman and the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

We wanted the the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

At my request you take me in

In that tenderness I am floating away

No certainty, nothing to rely on

Holding still for a moment

What a moment this is

Oh for a moment of forgetting

A moment of bliss

Oh....

I can hear the distant thunder

Of a million unheard souls

Of a million unheard souls

Watch each one reach for creature comfort

For the filling of their holes

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

I feel the man in the woman and the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man

I feel the man in the woman and the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden we have done everything we can

In the blood of Eden, so we end as we began

With the man in the woman and the woman in the man

It was all for the union, oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man


Steam

Stand back! Stand back!

What are those dogs doing

sniffing at my feet

They're on to something,

picking up, picking up

This heat

This heat

Give me steam, and how you feel can make it real,

Real as any thing you've seen

Get a life with this dreamer's dream

You know your culture from your trash

You know your plastic from your cash

When I lose sight of the track

You know the way back

But I know you

You know your stripper from your paint

You know your sinner from your saint

Whenever heaven's doors are shut

You get them open but

I know you

Give me steam, and how you feel can make it real,

Real as any place you've been

Get a life with the dreamer's dream

Stand back, said stand back!

Can't you see I've lost control

I'm getting indiscreet

You're moving in so close 'til I'm picking up, picking up

This heat, this heat

Give me steam, and how you feel can make it real,

Real as anything you've seen

Get a life with the dreamer's dream

You know your green from your red

You know the quick from the dead

So much better than the rest

You think you've been blessed

But I know you

You know your ladder from your snake

You know the throttle from the brake

You know your straight line from a curve

You've got a lot of nerve

But I know you

Give me steam, and how you feel can make it real

Real as any place you've been

Get a life with the dreamer's dream

 

Everybody nosedive

Hold your breath, count to five

Backslap, boobytrap,

Cover it up in bubblewrap,

Room shake, earthquake,

Find a way to stay awake,

It's going to blow, it's going to break

This is more than I can take

Oh yeah, I need steam

Feel the steam around me

Ah you're turning up the hear

When I start to dream aloud

See you move your hands and feet

Won't you step into this cloud of steam,

This steam

Give me steam, and how you feel can make it real

Real as anything you've seen

Get a life with the dreamer's dream

Help me yeah

Ready to steam out the log jam

Stir crazy from the freezer to the foil

Water's bubbling, bb-b-b-bubbling like it's coming to the boil

Give me steam, lady

Give me steam around me now

Coming alive, coming alive

Said give me some steam


Only Us

It wasn't in the words that kept sticking in their throats

It wasn't with the angels in their quilted coats

These battered wings still kick up dust

Seduced by the noise and the bright things that glisten

I knew all the time I should shut up and listen

And I'm finding my way home from the great escape

{Chorus:}

The further on I go, oh the less I know

I can find only us breathing

Only us sleeping

Only us dreaming

Only us

I hear you calling me

Yes I hear you calling me

Home from the great escape

Yes I can read you loud and clear

The further on I go, oh the less I know

Friend or foe, there's only us

[Chorus]

I'm coming home again, home again

And I hear you calling me home again

I am coming home again

Only us [x8]


Washing Of The Water

River, river, carry me on
Living river, carry me on
River, river, carry me on
To the place where I come from
So deep, so wide,
will you take me on your back for a ride
If I should fall, would you swallow me deep inside
River, show me how to float,
I feel like I'm sinking down
Thought that I could get along
But here in this water, my feet won't touch the ground
I need something to turn myself around
Going away, away toward the sea
River deep, can you lift up and carry me
Oh roll on through the heartland
'Til the sun has left the sky
River, river, carry me high
'Til the washing of the water, make it all alright
Let your waters reach me,
like she reached me tonight
Letting go, it's so hard, the way it's hurting now
To get this love untied
So tough to stay with this thing, 'cos if I follow through
I face what I denied
I'll get those hooks out of me
And I'll take out the hooks that I sunk deep in your side
Kill that fear of emptiness, that loneliness I hide
River, oh river, river running deep
Bring me something that will let me get to sleep
In the washing of the water will you take it all away
Bring me something to take this pain away

Lavado del Agua

Río, río, llévame
Río viviente, llévame
Rio, río, llévame
Al lugar de donde provengo
Tan profundo, tan ancho,
me llevarás de paseo de paseo en tu espalda
Si cayera, me tragarías en tu profundidad
Río, muéstrame cómo flotar,
siento que me estoy hundiendo
Pensé que podría seguir
Pero aquí en esta agua, mis pies no tocaran la tierra
Necesito algo que me
Yéndome, hacia el mar
Río profundo, puedes levantarme y llevarme?
Oh surca la tierra
hasta que el sol haya dejado el cielo
Rio, rio, llévame alto
Hasta que el lavado del agua, haga que todo este bien
Deja que tus aguas me alcancen
Como ella me alcanzó esta noche
Dejarse ir, es tan difícil, la manera en que duele ahora
desatar este amor
Tan difícil quedarse con esto, pues si sigo
encaro lo que he negado
sacare estos garfios de mi
y sacaré los garfios que hundí profundamente en tu costado
Mata ese miedo al vacío, esa soledad que oculto
Rio, oh río, rio que corre profundo
Tráeme algo que me deje conciliar el sueño
En el lavado del agua, te lo llevaras todo
Tráeme algo que se lleve este dolor

Digging In The Dirt

Something in me, dark and sticky

All the time it's getting strong

No way of dealing with this feeling

Can't go on like this too long

This time you've gone too far

This time you've gone too far

This time you've gone too far,

I told you, I told you, I told you, I told you

 

Don't talk back, just drive the car

Shut your mouth, I know what you are

Don't say nothing, keep your hands on the wheel

Don't turn around, this is for real

Digging in the dirt

Stay with me I need support

I'm digging in the dirt

Find the places I got hurt

Open up the places I got hurt

The more I look, the more I find

As I close on in, I get so blind

I feel it in my head, I feel it in my toes

I feel it in my sex, that's the place it goes

Digging in the dirt, to find the places we got hurt...


Fourteen Black Paintings

From the pain come the dream

From the dream come the vision

From the vision come the people

From the people come the power

From this power come the change


Kiss That Frog

Jump in the water....

Sweet little princess, let me introduce his frogness

You alone can get him singing,

He's all puffed up, wanna be your king

Oh you can do it, c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon

Lady kiss that frog

Splash, dash, heard your call,

Bring you back your golden ball

He's gonna dive down in the deep end

He's gonna be just like your best friend

So what's one little kiss, one tiny little touch?

Aah, he's wanting it so much

I swear that this is royal blood, running through my skin

Oh, can you see the state I'm in

Kiss it better, kiss it better

Get it into your head

He's living with you he sleeps in your bed

Can't you hear beyond the croaking

Don't you know that I'm not joking

Aah, you think you won't, I think you will

Don't you know that this tongue can kill

C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon

Lady kiss that frog

Let him sit beside you, eat right off your plate

You don't have to be afraid, there's nothing here to hate

Princess, you might like it, if you lowered your defence

Kiss that frog, and you will get your prince...

Jump in the water, c'mon baby jump in with me

Jump in the water, c'mon baby get wet, get wet, get wet

Kiss that frog, lady kiss that frog

Get wet, get wet


Secret World

I stood in this sunsheltered place

'Til I could see the face behind the face

All that had gone before had left no trace

Down by the railway siding

In our secret world, we were colliding

All the places we were hiding love

What was it we were thinking of?

So I watch you wash your hair

Underwater, unaware

And the plane flies through the air

Did you think you didn't have to choose it

That I alone could win or lose it

In all the places we were hiding love

What was it we were thinking of?

In this house of make believe

Divided in two, like Adam and Eve

You put out and I recieve

{Chorus:}

Down by the railway siding

In our secret world, we were colliding

In all the places we were hiding love

What was it we were thinking of?

Oh the wheel is turning spinning round and round

And the house is crubling but the stairways stand

With no guilt and no shame, no sorrow or blame

Whatever it is, we are all the same

Making it up in our secret world [x3]

Shaking it up

Breaking it up

Making it up in our secret world

Seeing things that were not there

On a wing on a prayer

In this state of disrepair

[Chorus]

Shh, listen...