Shaking the Tree

Peter Gabriel

© 1990 The David Geffen Company

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
I 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

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

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

Sledgehammer

You could have a steam train
If you'd just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back
All you do is call me
I'll be anything you need

You could have a big dipper
Going up and down, all around the bends
You could have a bumper car, bumping
This amusement never ends

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
Oh, let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony
Show me 'round your fruitcage
'Cause I will be your honey bee
Open up your fruitcage
Where the fruit is as sweet as can be

I want to be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name
You'd better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I'm going to be the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it
Sledge, sledge, sledgehammer

I've kicked the habit
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in
We go dancing in
Oh, won't you show for me
I will show for you
Show for me
I will show for you
yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I do mean you
Only you
You've been coming through
Going to build that power
Build, build up that power
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
Going to feel that power build in you
Come on, come on, help me do
Come on, come on, help me do
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
It's what we're doing, doing
All day and night

Family Snapshot

The streets are lined with camera crews
Everywhere he goes is news
Today is different
Today is not the same
Today I'll 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
And the cheering has really begun
I've got my radio
I can hear what's going on

I've been waiting for this
I've 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
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've been here before
A lonely boy hiding behind the front door
Friends have all gone home
There's my toy gun on the floor
Come back Mom and Dad
You're growing apart
You know that I'm growing up sad
I need some attention
I shoot into the light

Mercy Street

Looking down on empty streets
All she can see
Are the dreams all made solid
Are the dreams made real
All of the buildings
All of those cars
Were once just a dream
In somebody's head
She pictures the broken glass
Pictures the steam
She pictures a soul
With no leak at the seam

Let's take the boat out
Wait until darkness
Let's take the boat out
Wait until darkness comes

Nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey
Nowhere in the suburbs
In the cold light of day
There in the midst of it so alive and alone
Words support like bone

Dreaming of Mercy street
Wear your inside out
Dreaming of mercy
In your daddy's arms again
Dreaming of Mercy Street
Swear they moved that sign
Dreaming of mercy
In your daddy's arms

Pulling out the papers from drawers that slide smooth
Tugging at the darkness
Word upon word
Confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet box
To the priest
He's the doctor
He can handle the shocks
Dreaming of the tenderness
The tremble in the hips
Of kissing Mary's lips

Dreaming of Mercy Street
Wear your inside out
Dreaming of mercy
In your daddy's arms again
Dreaming of Mercy Street
Swear they moved that sign
Looking for mercy
In your daddy's arms

Anne, with her father is out in the boat
Riding the water
Riding the waves on the sea

Shaking The Tree

Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree

Waiting your time
Dreaming of a better life
Waiting your time
You're more than just a wife
Don't have to do what your mother has done
She has done
This is your life
This new life has begun
It's your day
A woman's day
It's your day
A woman's day

Turning the tide
You were on the incoming wave
Turning the tide
No, you are nobody's slave
Find your sisters and brothers
Who can hear all the truth in what you say
They can support you when you're on your way
It's your day
A woman's day
It's your day
A woman's day

Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree

Changing your ways
Changing those surrounding you
Changing your ways
More than any man can do
Open your heart
Show him the anger and pain so you heal
Maybe he's looking for his womanly side
Let him feel
You had to be so strong
And you do nothing wrong
Nothing wrong at all
We're gonna break it down
We have to shake it down
Shake it all around

Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree
Souma Yergon
Sou Nou Yergon
We are shakin' the tree

Don't Give Up

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight
Taught to win
I never thought I could fail
No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face
I've changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn
Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
'Cause somewhere there's a place where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

Got to walk out of here
I can't take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Don't give up
'Cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy
Don't give up
'Cause I believe there's a place
There's a place where we belong

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

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Medicine man lead me up through 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 scouts 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
Hold the line
We will live
Hold the line
Hold the line
Hold the line

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

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 will say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
In 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 that 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 will 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

Red Rain

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

I am standing up at the water's edge in my dream
I cannot make a single sound as you scream
It can't be that cold
The ground is still warm to touch
Hey, we touch
This place is so quiet
Sensing that storm

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Well, I've seen them buried in a sheltered place in this town
They tell you that this rain can sting, and look down
There is no blood around
See no sign of pain
Hey, no pain
Seeing no red at all
See no rain

Red rain is coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

Red rain

Putting the pressure on much harder now
To return again and again
Just let the red rain splash you
Let the rain fall on your skin
I come to you defenses down
With the trust of a child

Red rain coming down
Red rain
Red rain is pouring down
Pouring down all over me

And I can't watch any more
No more denial
It's so hard to lay down in all of this
Red rain coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I see it
Red rain coming down
Red rain is pouring down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm bathing in
Red rain coming down
Red rain is coming down
Red rain is coming down all over me
I'm begging you
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Red rain coming down
Over me in the red, red sea
Over me
Over me
Red rain

Games Without Frontiers

Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres

Hans plays with Lotte
Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willy
Willy is happy again
Suki plays with Leo
Sasha plays with Britt
Adolf builts a bonfire
Enrico plays with it

Whistling tunes we hide in the dunes by the seaside
Whistling tunes we're kissing baboons in the jungle
It's a knockout
If looks could kill
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears
If looks could kill
They probably will
Games without frontiers
War without tears
Games without fontiers
War without tears

Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres

Andre has a red flag
Chiang Ching's is blue
They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu
Dressing up in costumes
Playing silly games
Hiding out in treetops
Shouting out rude names

Whistling tunes we hide in the dunes by the seaside
Whistling tunes we're kissing baboons in the jungle
It's a knockout
If looks could kill they probably will
In games without frontiers
Wars without tears
If looks could kill
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears
Games without frontiers
War without tears

Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres
Jeux sans frontieres

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 when you're going to 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

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

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

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

Only, only
Wanting contact
Only, only
Wanting contact
Only, only
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

Only, only
Wanting contact
Only, only
Wanting contact
Only, only
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

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 Contact
Contact
Contact

Big Time

Hi there
I'm on my way
I'm making it
I've got to make it show, yeah
So much larger than life
I'm going to watch it growing

The place where I come from is a small town
They think so small
They use small words
But not me
I'm smarter than that
I worked it out
I've been stretching my mouth
To let those big words come right out
I've had enough
I'm getting out to the city
The big, big city
I'll be a big noise with all the big boys
So much stuff I will own
And I will pray to a big god
As I kneel in the big church

Big time
I'm on my way
I'm making it
Big time
Oh, yes
Big time
I've got to make it show, yeah
Big time
Big time
So much larger than life
Big time
I'm going to watch it growing
Big time

My parties have all the big names
And I greet them with the widest smile
Tell them how my life is one big adventure
And always they're amazed
When I show them 'round my house
To my bed
I had it made like a mountain range
With a snow white pillow for my big fat head
And my heaven will be a big heaven
And I will walk through the front door

Big time
I'm on my way
I'm making it
Big time
Big time
I've got to make it show, yeah
Big time
Big time
So much larger than life
Big time
I'm going to watch it growing
Big time
Big time
My car's getting bigger
Big time
My house's getting bigger
Big time
My eyes getting bigger
Big time
And my mouth
Big time
My belly's getting bigger
Big time
And my bank account
Big time
Look at my circumstance
Big time
And the bulge in my big, big, big, big, big, big, big

Zaar

(Instrumental)

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
The man is dead

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

And the eyes of the world are watching now
Watching now