Peter Gabriel II (Scratch)

Peter Gabriel

© 1978

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 bair hands
Every night I'm back at the shed
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 tramps
For silent communion lit from above by the sodium lamps
Everyone I meet on the street acting 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, no, no
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

On the air
On the air

D.I.Y.

D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. 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 hard
Don't risk affection
Like flesh to the bone in the no-go zone
You're still looking for the resurrection
Come up to me with your 'What did you say?'
And I'll tell you straight in the eye

Hey, D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
Do it yourself
D.I.Y. D.I.Y.

Everyone wants to be what he not
What he not
Nobody happy with what he got
What he got
You function like a dummy with a new ventriloquist
Can you stand up by yourself Hanging like a thriller on the final twist
Does it thrill you 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.
Do it yourself
D.I.Y.
Do it yourself
D.I.Y.
Do it yourself
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

Hey, D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y.

Mother of Violence

Walking the street with her naked feet
So full of rhythm but I can't find the beat
Snapping her heels, clicking her toes
Everybody knows just where she goes

Ah, Fear, fear
She's the mother of violence
Making me tense to watch the way she breed
Fear, she's the mother of violence
You know self-defense is all you need
It's getting hard to breathe
It's getting so hard to believe
To believe in anything at all

Mouth all dry, eyes blood shot
Data stored in microdot
Kicking the cloud with my moccasin shoes
T.V. dinner, T.V. news

Ah, 'cause Fear, fear
She's the mother of violence
Don't make any sense to watch the way she breed
Fear
She's the mother of violence
Making me tense to watch the way she feed
The only way you know she's there
Is the subtle flavour in the air
Getting hard to breathe
Hard to believe in anything at all
But fear

A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World

Saturday is shopping day
I drive my car but there's no place to park it
No respect for superman in supermarket
I guess there must be trouble but I've not been alerted
Looking 'round the store, tt was all deserted
And I'm stranded here with my empty basket
So full of questions, got nowhere to ask it

By the one way out
A strange voice shouts
Don't let that good man out!

Have a wonderful day in our one-way world
One way
One day
Have a wonderful day in our one-way world
One way
One day
One-way man
One-way mind
Get along with mankind

Oh, there's an man on the floor
So I summon my charm
I say, Hey Scumbag, has there been an alarm?
He said, Yeah, been selling off eternal youth
They all got afraid 'cause I'm a living proof
My name is Einstein
Do you know time is a curve?
I said, Stop old man!
You've got a nerve 'cause there's only one rule that I observe
Time is money and money I serve

By the one way out
A strange voice shouts
Don't let that good man out

"Have a wonderful day in our one-way world
One way
One day
Have a wonderful day in our one-way world
One way
One day
One-way man
One-way mind
Get along with mankind
One-way man
One-way mind
Get along with mankind

White Shadow

Ten coaches roll into the dust
Chrome windows turned to rust
Hand on inside they know they must
Hanging on the green backed words, In God we trust

No one knew if the spirit died
All wrapped to go like Kentucky Fried
Trying to read the flight of birds
Low on fuel
Getting low on words

And she comes out like a white shadow
She comes out like a white shadow

Each one drawn to empty spaces
Outsiders, borderline cases
It's hard to tell black from white
When you wake up in the middle of the night

Weighed down by the absence of sound
Broken now by the cry of a hound
Looking for movement within the haze
Light can be deceptive with her rays

And she comes out like a white shadow
And she comes out like a white shadow
She comes out like a white shadow

Indigo

It's too late
This model's out-of-date
Got every spare part
But there ain't much heart inside here
Not like the start
I was good at the art of survival
I've always tried
To keep my troubles deep inside
Where I can hide them
Now I'm open wide

When it ends
Again I'll see my friends
They'll give me a lift
I've been running adrift
So easy
Shifting the gear
I got nothing to fear from the showdown
I'll go down quiet
Kids downstairs making a hell of a din
I'm all alone
Getting a quote for the wages of sin

Beyond the indigo
Indigo
Where the chilly winds
Winds will blow
My time is running low
Going to cross the dark, dark river
Going to see my good life-giver
Better cover my yellow liver

Alright, I'm giving up the fight
I didn't know when
I'd be a stranger again
In my own land
The days are OK
Oh, how I hate those long nights
You understand
Darling please, just hold my hand
You feel so warm
In the eye of the storm
I'm going away
I'm going away
I'm going away
See you again someday
Darling, I'm going away
Feel like I'm going away
This time I'm going away

Animal Magic

Animal magic
What did you mean when you opened your mouth
Let all our secrets out
You told him what I was about
My cover was completely blown
I tell you darlin'
I've been watching the war film
I got a few ideas of my own
'Cause after the film had ended
The call for recruits was shown

And I'm joining the professionals
I want to be a man
With all that animal magic
I'll do anything you can
I'm joining the professionals
'Cause I want to be a man
Look, I wave my wand
Watch the rabbit disappear
Join
Join the professionals and learn to fight

I bet the two of you still laugh at me
For being timid as a lamb
That may be still the way I look
It's no longer what I am
Been across to Northern Ireland
I came home with a new kind of charge
I learned to hunt in the night
I learned about camouflage

Been joining the professionals
And now that I'm a man
With all that animal magic
I'll match anything you can
I'm joining the professionals
This time I'll understand
There's no way you'll get by me
With the slightest sleight of hand
Been joining the professionals
I want to be a man
Look, I wave my wand
Watch the rabbit disappear
Join
Join the professionals and learn to fight

Animal magic
Animal magic
Oh, animal magic
Animal magic
Animal magic
Fight, fight, fight, fight
Animal magic
Animal magic
Animal magic

Exposure

Exposure
Exposure
Exposure
Exposure

Exposure
Exposure
Exposure

Space is what I need
It's what I feed on
Exposure
Exposure
Exposure
Exposure
Exposure

Out in the open
Exposure

Flotsam and Jetsam

Doing nothing
Stuck in the mud
Just pumping the blood
The water level's getting low
Something ugly's going to show

If only I could touch you
I guess you'd be alarmed
If only I could touch you
I don't mean you no harm
If only I could touch you
Like the wind can touch the sail
If only I could touch you, darling
Now that words have failed
Oh, flotsam still afloat
Oh, jetsam thrown out of the boat
Oh love, my love
Nothing here is what it seems
We both know it
Christ, you show it
Oh, oh my love

Perspective

I need perspective
'Cause I'm facing the wall
I need perspective
'Cause I'm not that tall
I need perspective
I heard the trumpet call
Don't trust my eyes
I want to know where things fall

I need perspective
Party time for the newly wed
I need perspective
Colours ran, images bled
I need perspective
Like confetti on the flower bed
Don't trust my eyes
Priest crying, he's got fire in his head

Oh Gaia, if that's your name
Treat you like dirt but I don't want the blame
Oh Gaia, the wind heats the fire and blows the ash away

I need perspective
Sitting in a long, long hall
I need perspective
Staring at the white, white wall
I need perspective
Waiting for the phone to call
Don't trust my eyes
There's one thing I've got to tell you all

I need perspective
To see through red, red skies
I need perspective
To carry merchandise
I need perspective
I don't trust my eyes
Don't trust my eyes
And I don't like surprise
Oh Gaia, if that's your name
Treat you like dirt, but I don't want the blame
Oh Gaia, the wind heats the fire and blows the ash away

I used to be industrial giant
Sitting in a garden full of chemical plant
Trying very hard to get you off my mind

Acting like any man
Taking you for everything I can
Just the same
The same as all my kind
So blind

I need perspective
I need perspective
I need perspective
I need perspective

Home Sweet Home

Met this girl called JosephineI need perspective
I took her up on my machine
We had a little funI need perspective
And now we got a little one
Had to get married
Being chased out of town
Found ourselves a place to live
We put all our money down
Call it Home Sweet Home
Home sweet home
Eleven floors up in a tower block
Happy just to have a home
I've gone and changed the locks on our home

Nothing really worked out right
Things got broke
They stayed that way
None of our friends came 'round at night
Little Sam got no place to play
We've got to get out of here, Bill, she said
I've been saying it all the while
When I came home from work that night
She'd jumped out the window with our child
My Home Sweet Home
Home sweet home
Just a place to take a rest
Just a place to make our nest
We call it our home

When the insurance money came through
Seemed dirty
Didn't know what to do
Took that cash down to the casino
Down on the wheel on the double
And I won
Oh yes, I won
Like I've never won before
Bought myself a country house with an antique carved oak door
It was Home Sweet Home
Home sweet home
Just a place to lay our head
Think of all those things we said
Oh, Home Sweet Home
Home sweet home