Plays Live

Peter Gabriel

© 1983

The Rhythm of the Heat

Looking out the window
I see the red dust clear
High up on the red rock
Stands the shadow with the spear

The land here is strong
Strong beneath my feet
It feeds on the blood
It feeds on the heat

The rhythm is below me
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm is around me
The rhythm has control
The rhythm is inside me
The rhythm has my soul

The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm of the heat

Drawn across the plainland
To the place that is higher
Drawn into the circle
That dances round the fire
We spit into out hands
And breathe across the palms
Raising them up high
Help open to the sun

Self-conscious, uncertain
I'm showered with the dust
The spirit enter into me
And I submit to trust

Smash the radio
No outside voices here
Smash the watch
Cannot tear the day to shreds
Smash the camera
Cannot steal away the spirits
The rhythm is around me
The rhythm has control
The rhythm is inside me
The rhythm has my soul

I Have the Touch

The time I like is the rush hour
'Cause I like the rush
The pushing of the people
I like it all so much
Such a mass of motion
Do not know where it goes
I move with the movement and I have the touch

I'm waiting for ignition
I'm looking for a spark
Any chance collision and I light up in the dark
There you stand before me
All that fur and all that hair
Oh, do I dare
I have the touch

Wanting contact
I'm wanting contact
I'm wanting contact with you
Shake those hands
Shake those hands
Give me the thing I understand
Shake those hands
Shake those hands
Shake those hands
Shake those hands

Any social occasion
It's hello, how do you do?
All those introductions
I never miss my cue
So before a question
So before a doubt
My hand moves out and I have the touch

Wanting contact
I'm wanting contact
I'm wanting contact with you
Shake those hands
Shake those hands
Give me the thing I understand
Shake those hands
Shake those hands

Pull my chin
Stroke my hair
Scratch my nose
Hug my knees
Try drink, food, cigarette
Tension will not ease
I tap my fingers
Fold my arms
Breathe in deep
Cross my legs
Shrug my shoulders
Stretch my back
But nothing seems to please

I need contact
I need contact
Nothing seems to please
I need contact

Not One Of Us

It's only water
In a stranger's tear
Looks are deceptive
But distinctions are clear
A foreign body
And a foreign mind
Never welcome
In the land of the blind
You may look like we do
Talk like we do
But you know how it is

You're not one of us
Not one of us
No, you're not one of us
Not one of us
Not one of us
No, you're not one of us

There's safety in numbers
When you learn to divide
How can we be in
If there is no outside
All shades of opinion
Feed an open mind
But your values are twisted
Let us help you unwind
You may look like we do
Talk like we do
But you know how it is

You're not one of us
Not one of us
No, you're not one of us
You're not one of us
Not one of us
No, you're not one of us

Not one of us
You're not one of us
Not one of us
You're not one of us
Not one of us
You're not one of us

Family Snapshot

The streets are lined with camera crews
Everywhere he goes is news
Today is different
Today is not the same
Today I make the action
Take snapshot into the light
Snapshot into the light
I'm shooting into the light

Four miles down the cavalcade moves on
Driving into the sun
If I worked it out right
They won't see me or the gun

Two miles to go
They're clearing the road
The cheering has really begun
I've got my radio
I can hear what's going on

I've been waiting for this
I have been waiting for this
All you people in TV land
I will wake up your empty shells
Peak-time viewing blown in a flash
As I burn into your memory cells
'Cause I'm alive

They're coming 'round the corner
With the bikers at the front
I'm wiping the sweat from my eyes
It's a matter of time
It's a matter of will
And the governor's car is not far behind
He's not the one I've got in mind
'Cause there he is
The man of the hour
Standing in the limousine
I don't really hate you
I don't care what you do
We were made for each other
Me and you
I want to be somebody
You were like that too
If you don't get given you learn to take
And I will take you

Holding my breath
Release the catch
And I let the bullet fly

All turned quiet
I have been here before
Lonely boy hiding behind the front door
Friends have all gone home
There's my toy gun on the floor
Come back Mum and Dad
You're growing apart
You know that I'm growing up sad
I need some attention
I shoot into the light

D.I.Y.

Don't tell me what I will do
'Cause I won't
Don't tell me to believe in you
'Cause I don't
Be on your guard
Better hostile and ha
Don't risk affection
Like flesh to the bone in the no-go zone
You're still waiting for the resurrection
Come up to me with your "What did you say?"
And I'll tell you straight in the eye

D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
Do it yourself

Everyone wants to be what he's not
What he's not
Nobody's happy with what he's got
What he's got
You function like a dummy with a new ventriloquist
Do you say nothing yourself?
Hanging like a thriller on the final twist
You know you're getting stuck on the shelf
Come up to me with your "What did you say?"
And I'll tell you straight in the eye

D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y.

When things get so big
I don't trust them at all
You want some control
You've got to keep it small

D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
Do it yourself

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

Intruder

I know something about opening windows and doors
I know how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors
I know where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers
Slipping the clippers
Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires
The sense of isolation inspires
Inspires me
I like to feel the suspense when I'm certain you know I am there
I like you lying awake, your baited breath charging the air
I like the touch and the smell of all the pretty dresses you wear
Intruders happy in the dark
Intruder come
Intruder come and leave his mark
Leave his mark

I Go Swimming>

Oh, I go swimming
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the river
Swimming in the sea
I go swimming
I go swimming
Swimming in the water
Swimming in the pool
Swimming is cool
I go swimming

The sun is burning
I am yearning
For the waterflow
Next to my skin
I like to begin a waterflow
Letting off steam
I float in a dream
I can't let go
Follow my wishes
Follow the fishes
Down below
I go swimming

I need water
Water to drink
Water on my brain
Water sustain
Water over me
I want water
Water I need
Water to think
Water to drink
Water over me

The sun is burning
I am yearning
For the waterflow
Next to my skin
I like to begin a waterflow
Letting off steam
I float in a dream
I can't let go
Follow my wishes
Follow the fishes
Down below
I go swimming

I go swimming
I go swimming
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Water all over me
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
I go swimming
I go swimming
I go swimming
I go swimming
Swimming
I go swimming
Oh, I go swimming
I go swimming
Water all over me
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Water all over me
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Water all over me
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Swimming in water
Water all over me

San Jacinto

Thick cloud
Steam rising
Hissing stone on sweat lodge fire
Around me
Buffalo robe
Sage in bundle
Run on skin

Outside
Cold air
Stand
Wait for rising sun

Red paint
Eagle feathers
Coyote calling
It has begun

Something moving in
I taste it in my mouth and in my heart
It feels like dying
Slow
Letting go of life

Medicine man lead me up though town
Indian ground
So far down
Cut up land

Each house
A pool
Kids wearing water wings
Drink in cool

Follow dry river bed
Watch Scout and Guides make pow-wow signs
Past Geronimo's disco
Sit 'n' Bull steakhouse
White men dream

A rattle in the old man's sack
Look at mountain top
Keep climbing up
Way above us the desert snow
White wind blow

I hold the line
The line of strength that pulls me through the fear
San Jacinto
I hold the line
San Jacinto
The poison bite and darkness take my sight
I hold the line
And the tears roll down my swollen cheek
Think I'm losing it
Getting weaker
I hold the line
I hold the line
San Jacinto
Yellow eagle flies down from the sun
From the sun

We will walk on the land
We will breathe of the air
We will drink from the stream
We will live
Hold the line

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
I 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 keepin' 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"

When illusion spin her 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"

No Self-Control

Got to get some food
I'm so hungry all the time
I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop

Got to get some sleep
I'm so nervous in the night
I don't know how to stop
No, I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop

Got to pick up the phone
I will call any number
I will talk to anyone
I know I'm gone too far
Much too far I gone this time
And I don't want to think what I've done
I don't know how to stop
No, I don't know how to stop

There are always hidden silences
Waiting behind the chair
They come out when the coast is clear
They eat anything that moves
I go shaky at the knees
Lights go out, stars come down
Like a swarm of bees

No self-control
No self-control
No self-control
No self-control
No self-control
No self-control
No self-control
You know I hate to hurt you
I hate to see your pain
But I don't know how to stop
No, I don't know how to stop

Street after street
Night after night
I walk on through the rain
I walk on through the rain
I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop
No, I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop
I don't know how to stop

I Don't Remember

I got no means to show identification
I got no papers show you what I am
You'll have to take me just the way that you find me
What's gone is gone and I do not give a damn
Empty stomach, empty head
I got empty heart and empty bed
I don't remember
I don't remember

I don't remember, I don't recall
I've got no memory of anything at all
I don't remember, I don't recall
I've got no memory of anything
Anything at all

Strange is your language and I have no decoder
Why don't you make your intentions clear
With eyes to the sun and your mouth to the soda
Saying, "Tell me the truth
You've got nothing to fear
Stop staring at me like a bird of prey
I'm all mixed up
I've got nothing to say
I don't remember
I don't remember

I don't remember, I don't recall
I got no memory of anything at all
I don't remember, I don't recall
I got no memory of anything
Anything at all

I don't remember, I don't recall
I've got no memory of anything at all
I don't remember, I don't recall
I've got no memory of anything
Absolutely anything at all
I don't remember

Shock the Monkey

Shock the monkey to life
Shock the monkey to life

Cover me when I run
Cover me through the fire
Something knocked me out
The trees
Now I'm on my knees
Cover me, darling please
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know when you're going to shock the monkey

Fox the fox
Rat the rat
You can ape the ape
I know about that
There is one thing you must be sure of
I can't take any more
Darling, don't you monkey with the monkey
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey

Wheels keep turning
Something's burning
Don't like it but I guess I'm learning

Shock
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey

Cover me when I sleep
Cover me when I breathe
You throw your pearls before the swine
Make the monkey blind
Cover me, darling please
Monkey, monkey, monkey
Don't you know you're going to shock the monkey

Too much at stake
Ground beneath me shake
And the news is breaking

Shock
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey

Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey to life

Humdrum

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

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

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

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

Seem' to me that television
She come to cut me a deep incision
In the humdrum

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

Out of woman come the man
Spend the rest of his life gettin back where 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
Came the bright scar
Our amoeba
My little liebe schon

On The Air

Built in the belly of junk by the river my cabin stands
Made from the trash I dug out the heap
With my own fair hands
Every night I'm back at the shack
And I'm sure no one is there
I'm putting the aerial up
So I can go out on the air

On the air
On the air
On the air

Every morning I'm out at dawn with the dwarfs and the tramp
For a silent communion lit from above by the sodium lamps
Everyone I meet on the street acts as if I wasn't there
But they're all going to know who I am
'Cause I can go out on the air

On the air
On the air
On the air

Leaving the car down leafy lane
Turning out Tarzan for my Jungle Jane
Anyone at all
From Captain Zero and his brand of superhero
Standing by a call
Oh it's not easy
No it's not easy
Making real friends

Don't give me your steak-reared milkboys
Milkboys
Half alive on empty white noise
White noise
I got power
I'm proud to be loud
My signal goes out clear
I want everybody to know that Mozo is here

On the air
On the air
On the air

Biko

September '77
Port Elizabeth weather fine
It was business as usual
In police room 619
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja
The man is dead

When I try to sleep at night
I can only dream in red
The outside world is black and white
With only one colour dead
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja
The man is dead

You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher
Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko
Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja
The man is dead

And the eyes of the world are watching now
Watching now