Peter Gabriel I Think It’s Going To Rain Today

Broken windows and empty hallways

A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray

Human kindness is overflowing

And I think it’s going to rain today

Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles

With frozen smiles to chase love away

Human kindness is overflowing

And I think it’s going to rain today

Lonely, lonely

Tin can at my feet

Think I’ll kick it down the street

That’s the way to treat a friend

Bright before me the signs implore me

Help the needy and show them the way

Human kindness is overflowing

And I think it’s going to rain today

Peter Gabriel The Drop

moving down the fuselage

toward the open door

catch you looking down outside

to see what lies ahead

one by one

you watch them fall

fall through cloud

one by one

you watch them fall

no idea where they’re going

but down

where they’ve gone

where they’ve gone

watching as the sun goes down

i sit inside this plane

notice how the city lights

are like the nerves inside the brain

one by one

they’re going out

you watch them dim

one by one

you watch them fall

and wonder where they’re falling to

Peter Gabriel Flume

I am my mother’s only one

It’s enough

I wear my garment so it shows

Now you know

Only love is all maroon

Gluey feathers on a flume

Sky is womb and she’s the moon

I am my mother on the wall

With us all

I move in water, shore to shore

Nothing’s more

Only love is all maroon

Lapping lakes like leery loons

Leaving rope burns, reddish ruse

Only love is all maroon

Gluey feathers on a flume

Sky is womb and she’s the moon

Peter Gabriel The Family And The Fishing Net

Suffocated by mirrors, stained by dreams

Her honey belly pulls the seams

Curves are still upon the hinge

Pale zeros tinge the tiger skin

Moist as grass, ripe and heavy as the night

The sponge is full, well out of sight

All around the conversations

Icing on the warm flesh cake

Light creeps through her secret tunnels

Sucked into the open spaces

Burning out in sudden flashes

Draining blood from well-fed faces

Desires form in subtle whispers

Flex the muscles in denial

Up and down its pristine cage

So the music, so the trial

Vows of sacrifice, headless chickens

Dance in circles, they the blessed

Man and wife, undressed by all

Their grafted trunks in heat possessed

Even as the soft skins tingle

They mingle with the homeless mother

Who loves the day but lives another

That once was hers

The worried father, long lost lover

Brushes ashes with his broom

Rehearses jokes to fly and hover

Bursting over the bride and groom

And the talk goes on

Memories crash on tireless waves

The lifeguards whom the winter saves

Silence falls the guillotine

All the doors are shut

Nervous hands grip tight the knife

In the darkness, till the cake is cut

Passed around, in little pieces

The body and the flesh

The family and the fishing-net

And another in the mesh

The body and the flesh

Peter Gabriel Father, Son

Father, son

Locked as one

In this empty room

Spine against spine

Yours against mine

Till the warmth comes through

Remember the breakwaters down by the waves

I first found my courage

Knowing daddy could save

I could hold back the tide

With my dad by my side

Dogs, plows and bows

We move through each pose

Struggling in our separate ways

Mantras and hymns

Unfolding limbs

Looking for release through the pain

And the yogi’s eyes are open

Looking up above

He too is dreaming of his daddy’s love

With his dad by his side

Got his dad by his side

Can you recall

How you took me to school

We couldn’t talk much at all

It’s been so many years

And now these tears

Guess I’m still your child

Out on the moors

We take a pause

See how far we have come

You’re moving quite slow

How far can we go

Father and son

With my dad by my side

With my dad by my side

Got my dad by my side

With me

Peter Gabriel Wallflower

6×6 – from wall to wall

Shutters on the windows, no light at all

Damp on the floor you got damp in the bed

They’re trying to get you crazy – get you out of your head

They feed you scraps and they feed you lies

To lower your defences, no compromise

Nothing you can do, the day can be long

Your mind is working overtime, your body’s not too strong

Hold on, hold on

They put you in a box so you can’t get heard

Let your spirit stay unbroken, may you not be deterred

Hold on, you have gambled with your own life

And you face the night alone

While the builders of the cages

They sleep with bullets, bars and stone

They do not see your road to freedom

That you build with flesh and bone

They take you out – the light burns your eyes

To the talking room – it’s no surprise

Loaded questions from clean white coats

Their eyes are all as hidden as their Hippocratic Oath

They tell you – how to behave, behave as their guest

You want to resist them, you do your best

They take you to your limits, they take you beyond

For all that they are doing there’s no way to respond

Hold on, hold on

They put you in a box so you can’t get heard

Let your spirit stay unbroken, may you not be deterred

Hold on, you have gambled with your own life

And you face the night alone

While the builders of the cages

They sleep with bullets, bars and stone

They do not see your road to freedom

That you build with flesh and bone

Though you may disappear, you’re not forgotten here

And I will say to you, I will do what I can do

You may disappear, you’re not forgotten here

And I will say to you, I will do what I can do

And I will do what I can do

And I will do what I can do

Peter Gabriel Down The Dolce Vita

“Hey Mac, see you down the Dolce Vita!

“Get back, we don’t have time

‘Cos I hear we’re sending off the heroes

When the yera goes, (they’re) out of the bay,

Trying to find a way

to make it alive”

“So long,” said four men to their families

“Be strong till we get back home

And if not, take care of all the children

Until then just hope and pray

We’re gonna find a way

to make it alive”

“You guys are crazy!”

They shout and then we leave the harbour.

In doubt, they’re acting weird

And the sea is whipping up a welcome

If hell come we’re all easy prey,

Trying to find a way

to make it alive”

“You guys are crazy!”

The captain’s hand shook for

the guys to get in place

He said, “Let’s look behind your face”.

With each corner covered, they were all around

Waiting for the midnight bell to sound.

“Out of sight,” cried Aeron through his glasses

“Don’t fight” said Gorham’s smile

All the while, his hand was on my shoulder

I was scared of being an easy prey,

Trying to find a way

to make it alive”

(I won’t be easy prey trying to find a way to make it alive.)

Peter Gabriel Kiss That Frog

(Aah, yeah)

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 [x6]

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

Aaah, 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

(Kiss that frog)

Get it into your royal 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

Aaah, you think you won’t

I think you will

Don’t you know that this tongue can kill

C’mon [x6]

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

Ah, princess you might like it

If you lower your defence

Kiss that frog, and you will

Get your prince [x2]

(Huh!)

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

Jump in the water, c’mon baby get wet with me

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 [x4]

Jump in the water, c’mon baby jump in with me [x3]

Jump in the water, c’mon baby get wet

(get wet, get wet) [x6]

Peter Gabriel Kiss Of Life

See me a big woman, big woman look how you dance

See me a big woman, big woman caught in a trance

Dancing on the tabletop, covered up with the Easter feast

You’re dancing for the fishermen, from the very large right

to the least

Dancing for the slow release, first the boy and then the beast

Then the beast

Burning, buring with the kiss of life

Burning, buring with the kiss of life

See me, a big woman, big woman so full of life

See me, a big woman, big woman going to be my wife

Watching for the different eyes – they change your face –

they come inside

Watch the spirits laugh and cry, watch them find a place

to hide

Watch the spirits talk in tongues, watch them take you for

a ride

Down at the ocean lies a body in the sand

Big woman sits beside, head in hand

With heat from her skin, and fire from her breath

She blows hard, she slows deep in the mouth of death

Burning, burning with the kiss of life

Burning, burning with the kiss of life

Burning, burning with the kiss of life