Peter Gabriel IV (Security)

Peter Gabriel

© 1982 The David Geffen Company

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, the heat
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm, the heat
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm, the heat
The rhythm of the heat
The rhythm, 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
Held open to the sun
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
Held open to the sun

Self-conscious, uncertain
I'm showered with the dust
The spirit enters 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

San Jacinto

Thick cloud
Steam rising
Hissing stone on sweat lodge fire
Around me
Buffalo robe
Sage in bundle
Rub 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
Siting 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
Hold the line
Hold the line
We will live
Hold the line
Hold the line
Hold the line

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
I 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 hands
Shake 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
Shake those hands
Shake those hands
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
Oh, I need contact
Yes, I need contact
Contact
Contact
Contact

The Family and the Fishing Net

Suffocated by mirrors
Stained by dreams
Her honey belly pulls the seams
Curves are stiff 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 the well fed faces

???
You're my ????
???
You're my ????

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 their 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
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
Another in the mesh

The body and the flesh

Shock the Monkey

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 you're going to shock the monkey
Shock the monkey

Fox the fox
Rat on 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
Shock the monkey

Wheels keep turning
Something's burning
Don't like it but I guess I'm learning
Shock
Shock
Shock
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey
Shock
Shock
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
Shock the monkey

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

Shock
Shock
Shock
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey
Shock
Shock
Shock
Watch the monkey get hurt
Monkey

Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey
Shock the monkey to life
Shock the monkey to life
Shock the monkey to life
Shock the monkey to life
Shock the monkey to life

Lay Your Hands on Me

Sat in the corner of the Garden Grill
With the plastic flowers on the window sill
No more miracles
Loaves and fishes
Been so busy with the washing of the dishes
Reaction level's much too high
I can do without the stimuli

I'm living way beyond my ways and means
Living in the zone of the in-betweens
I can see the flashes on the frozen ocean
Static charge of the cold emotion
Watched on by the distant eyes
Watched on by the silent, hidden spies

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
No luck
No golden chances
No mitigating circumstances now
It's only common sense
There are no accidents around here

I am willing
Lay your hands on me
I am ready
Lay your hands on me
I believe
Lay your hands on me
Over me

Working in gardens
Thornless roses
Fat men play with their garden hoses
Poolside laugh has a cynical bite
Sausage speared by the cocktail satellite
I walk away from from light and sound
Down stairways leading underground

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
It's only common sense
There are no accidents 'round here

I am willing
Lay your hands on me
I am ready
Lay your hands on me
I believe
Lay your hands on me
Over me
Over me

Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me
Over me
Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me
Over me

Wallflower

Six by six
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 defenses
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
Hold on
Hold on
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
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 Hipppcratic 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
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 you you
I will do what I can do
And I will do what I can do
And I will do what I can do

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
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, burning with the kiss of life
Burning, burning 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
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