Peter Gabriel I (Car)

Peter Gabriel

© 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation

Moribund, the Burgermeister

Caught the chaos in the market square
I don't know what
I don't know why
But something's wrong down there
Their bodies twistin' and turnin' in a thousand ways
The eyes all rollin' 'round and 'round
Into a distant gaze

Ah, look at that crowd!
Some are jumping up in the air
Say, We're drowning in a torrent of blood!
Others going down on their knees
Seen a saviour coming out of the mud
Oh Mother!
It's eating out my soul
Destroying law and order
I'm gonna lose control

What can I do to stop this plague
Spread by sight alone
Just a glimpse and then a quiver
Then they shiver to the bone
Ah, look at them go!

Bunderschaft, you going daft?
Better seal off the castle grounds
This is Moribund, the Burgermeister
I'm going to keep this monster down
Somebody sent the subversive element
Going to chase it out of town

No one will tell what all this is about
But I will find out
I will find out
I will find out

This thing's outrageous
I tell you on the level
It's really so contagious
Must be the work of the devil
You better go now
Pick up the pipers
And tell them to play
Seems the music keeps them quiet
There is no other way
Ah, close the doors

We've tried potions and waxen dolls
But none of us could find any cures
Mother please
Is it just a disease
That has them breaking all my laws?
Check if you can disconnect the effect
And I'll go after the cause
No one will tell what all this is about
But I will find out
I will find out
I will find out
I will
You konw you're scared when I say I will
I will

Solsbury Hill

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing
Time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close
I heard a voice

Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
Just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Son, he said
Grab your things
I've come to take you home

To keeping silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Though my life was in a rut
'Till I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Hey, he said
Grab your things
I've come to take you home
Eh, back home

When illusion's been a net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes
But still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me
Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom, boom, boom
Hey, I said
You can keep my things
They've come to take me home

Modern Love

Hey, I'm feeling so dirty
You're looking so clean
And all you can give is a spin in your washing machine
I fly off to Rome to my prima bella
She leaves me in the rain with telescopic umbrella
Ahh the pain
Modern love can be a strain
Ahh the pain Modern love can be a strain

I trusted my Venus was untouched in her shell
But the pearls in her oyster were as tacky as hell
For Lady Godiva I came incognito
But her driver had stolen her red hot magneto
Ahh the pain
Modern love can be a strain
Ahh the pain
Modern love can be a strain

I don't know why they leave me in the lurch
To carry on the search
It's driving me up the wall
Pity when I have so much passion
Romance is out of fashion
Can't handle modern love at all

I worship Diana by the light of the moon
When I pull out my pipe she screams out of tune
In Paris my heart sinks when I see Mona Lisa
She gives me the wink
Then she shows me the freezer
Ahh the pain
Modern love can be a strain
Ahh the pain
Modern lvoe can be a strain
Ahh the pain
Oh, the pain
Ahh, the pain
Oh, the pain

Excuse Me

Excuse Me
You're wearing out my joie de vie
Grabbing those good years again
I want to be alone

Excuse Me
I'm not the man I used to be
Someone else crept in again
I want to be alone

Excuse me, please
I'm looking for Los Angeles
Soaking up the sin again
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone

You got the money back
That's okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine
Make you see the light
Call me in Alaska if it all turns out right

Excuse me please
You're standing on my memories
Stealing souvenirs again
I want to be alone

Leave me alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone

You got the money back
That's okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine
Make you see the light
Call me in Alaska if it all turns out right
All right

Humdrum

I saw the man at J.F.K.
He took your ticket yesterday
In the humdrum
In the humdrum

I ride tandem with a random
Things don't run the way I planned them
In the humdrum
In the humdrum

Hey Valentina, do you want me to beg?
You got me cooking
I'm a hard boiled egg
In the humdrum
In the humdrum

Empty my mind
I find it hard to cope
Listen my heart
Don't need no stethoscope

It seem to me that television
She come to cut me a deep incision
In the humdrum
In the humdrum

Empty my mind
I find it hard to cope
Listen my heart
Don't need no stethoscope

Out of woman comes the man
Spend the rest of his life gettin back when he can
As a bow, so a dove
As below, so above
From the black hole
Come the tadpole
With the dark soul
In coal she burn, she burn
As I drove into the sun
Didn't dare look where I had begun
Lost among echoes of things not there
Watching the sound forming shapes in the air
From the white star
Come the bright car
Our amoeba
My little liebe schon

Slowburn

We're character actors from the Tower of Babel
Bewildered, burnt out, hardly able
To sit astride the high wire cable
It's hard to balance, a little unstable

Through broken eyes and contact lenses
I watched you draw your future tenses
See kisses of flame blow out of your lips
You're back telling me you're Apocalypse

But don't get me wrong
I'll be strong
When the slowburn sunset comes along
You've gotta stay the night
I've got to think that you might

We've tried a handful of bills
And a handful of pills
We've tried making movies from a volume of stills
Words fell like hailstones
Bouncing at our feet
Covering our feelings with a frozen sheet

A chance to move
I take a shot
I get cold
You get hot
We look outside, lying awake
See birds breaking surface on a silent lake

But don't get me wrong
I'll be strong
When I'm back on the Isle of Avalon
Don't get me wrong
I'll be strong
When the slow burn sunset comes along
You've got to stay the night
I've got to think you might

Don't try to make it easy
It'll cut you down to size
Darling, we've got to trust in something
We're shooting down our skies
Shooting down
Shooting down our skies
Shooting down our

Waiting for the Big One

The wine is all drunk and so am I
Here with the hoi-poloi
Don't ask me why
We're celebrating
Anticipating end of the year
Everybody come, everybody here
Well more or less
Some already in a mess
I guess they're waiting for the big one

Wonder why I'm cold
How did I get this far?
Have no money
Have no car
I pray the snow goes
Be bad if it settles
'Cause I follow my nose
And the dried up rose petals
Like the man says
Sure hope Moses knows his roses
Or we'll all be waiting for the big one

Once I was a credit to my credit card
I spent what I hadn't got
It wasn't hard
No trust in judgements
No trust in money
Someday I'll find myself like a bee finding honey
But in the meantime I'm gonna have me some fun
Waiting for the big one

One too many
Where ego I go too
Looking for the real thing
It don't come from what I do
No real communication moves out of my face
I'm beginning to think I'm just out of place
Won't get in too deep
I want to get some sleep
To be ready for the big one
To be ready for the big one

Waiting for the big one

Down the Dolce Vita

Hey Mac
See you down the Dolce Vita
Get back
We don't have time
'Cause I hear we're sending off the heroes
When the year goes
Out the bay
Trying to find a way
To make it alive

So long said poor 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 wierd
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 easy prey
Trying to find a way
To make it alive
I won't be easy prey
Gonna find a way
To make it alive

Here Comes the Flood

When the night shows
The signals grow on radios
All the strange things
They come and go as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
Still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There's no point in direction
We cannot even choose a side

I took the old track
The hollow shoulder
Across the waters
On the tall cliffs
They were getting older
Sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
And as the nail sunk in the cloud
The rain was warm and soaked the crowd

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
And any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry

When the flood calls
You have no home
You have no walls
In the thunder crash
You're a thousand minds within a flash
Don't be afraid to cry at what you see
The actor's gone
There's only you and me
And if we break before the dawn
They'll use up what we used to be

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again, the seas are silent
And any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again, the seas are silent
And any still alive
It'll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry
Dring up, dreamers, you're running dry