Us

Peter Gabriel

© 1992 The David Geffen Company

Come Talk To Me

The wretched desert takes its form
The jackal proud and tight
In search of you
I feel my way
Though the slowest heaving night
Whatever fear invents
I swear it make no sense
I reach out through the border fence
Come down
Come talk to me

In the swirling, curling storm of desire
Unuttered words hold fast
With reptile tongue
The lightning lashes towers built to last
Darkness creeps in like a thief and offers no relief
Why are you shaking like a leaf?
Come on
Come talk to me

Ah, please talk to me
Won't you please talk to me
We can unlock this misery
Come on
Come talk to me
I did not come to steal
This all is so unreal
Can't you show me how you feel now
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me
Come talk to me

The earthly power sucks shadowed milk from sleepy tears undone
From nippled skin as smooth as silk the bugles blown as one
You lie there with your eyes half closed like there's no-one there at all
There's a tension pulling on your face
Come on
Come talk to me

Won't you please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me
Don't you ever change your mind
Now your future's so defined
And you act so deaf, so blind
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me
Come talk to me

I can imagine the moment
Breaking out through the silence
All the things that we both might say
And the heart it will not be denied
'Till we're both on the same damn side
All the barriers blown away

I said please talk to me
Won't you please come talk to me
Just like it used to be
Come on
Come talk to me
I did not come to steal
This all is so unreal
Can you show me how you feel now
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me
Come talk to me

I said please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me
Don't you ever change your mind
Now your future's so defined
And you act so deaf, so blind
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me
Come talk to me

Love To Be Loved

So, you know how people are
When it's all gone much too far
The way their minds are made
Still, there's something you should know
That I could not let show
That fear of letting go

And in this moment
I need to be needed
With this darkness all around me
I like to be liked
In this emptiness and fear
I want to be wanted
'Cause I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes, I love to be loved

I cry the way that babies cry
The way they can't deny
The way they feel
Words, they climb all over you
'Till they uncover you
From where you hide

And in this moment
I need to be needed
When my self-esteem is sinking
I like to be liked
In this emptiness and fear
I want to be wanted
'Cause I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Oh, I love to be loved

This old familiar craving
I've been here before
This way of behaving
Don't know who the hell I'm saving anymore
Let it pass, let it go, let it leave
From the deepest place I grieve
This time I believe
And I let go
And I let go
I can let go of it
Though it takes all the strength in me
And all the world can see
I'm losing such a central part of me
I can let go of it
You know I mean it
You know that I mean it
I recognize how much I've lost
But I cannot face the cost
'Cause I love to be loved
Yes, I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes, I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes, I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes, I love to be loved

Blood Of Eden

I caught sight of my reflection
I caught it in the window
I saw the darkness in my heart
I saw the signs of my undoing
They had been there from the start
And the darkness still has work to do
The knotted chord's untying
The heated and the holy
Oh, they're sitting there on high
So secure in everything they're buying

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union
Oh, the union of the woman
The woman and the man

My grip is surely slipping
I think I've lost my hold
Yes, I think I've lost my hold
I cannot get insurance anymore
They don't take credit
Only gold
Is that a dagger or a crucifix I see
You hold so tightly in your hand
And all the while the distance grows between you and me
I do not understand

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union
Oh, the union of the woman
The woman and the man

At my request, you take me in
In that tenderness, I am floating away
No certainty
Nothing to rely on
Holding still for a moment
What a moment this is
Oh, for a moment of forgetting
A moment of bliss
Hey

I can hear the distant thunder
Of a million unheard souls
Of a million unheard souls
Watch each one reach for creature comfort
For the filling of their homes

In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
We wanted the union
Of the woman and the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
Lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden
We've done everything we can
In the blood of Eden
Saw the end as we began
With the man in the woman
And the woman in the man
It was all for the union
Oh, the union of the woman
The woman and the man

Steam

Stand Back
Said stand Back

What are those dogs doing sniffing at my feet
They're on to something
Picking up
Picking up this heat
This heat

Give me steam
And how you feel can make it real
Real as anything you've seen
Get a life with the dreamer's dream

You know your culture from your trash
You know your plastic from your cash
When I lose sight of the track
You know the way back
But I know you

You know your stripper from your paint
You know your sinner from your saint
Whenever heaven's doors are shut
You get them opened up
I know you

Give me steam
And how you feel can make it real
Real as any place you've been
Get a life with the dreamer's dream

Stand back
Said stand back
Can't you see I've lost control
I'm getting indiscreet
You're moving in so close 'till I'm picking up
Picking up this heat
This heat

Give me steam
And how you feel can make it real
Real as anything you've seen
Get a life with the dreamer's dream

You know your green from your red
You know the quick from the dead
So much better than the rest
You think you've been blessed
But I know you

You know your ladder from your snake
You know the throttle from the brake
You know your straight line from a curve
You've got a lot of nerve
But I know you

Give me steam
And how you feel can make it real
Real as any place you've been
Get a life with the dreamer's dream

Everybody nosedive
Hold your breath
Count to five
Backslap
Boobytrap
Cover it up in bubblewrap
Room shake
Earthquake
Find a way to stay awake
It's going to blow
It's going to break
This is more than I can take

Oh yeah
I need steam
Feel the steam around me
Ah, you're turning up the heat
When I start to dream aloud
See you move your hands and feet
Won't you step into this cloud of steam
This steam

Give me steam
And how you feel can make it real
Real as anything you've seen
Get a life with the dreamer's dream

Help me yeah
Ready to steam out the log jam
Stir crazy from the freezer to the boil
Water's bubbling
It's bubbling
Bubbling
Bubbling
Bubbling
Bubbling
Like it's coming to a boil
Give me steam, lady
Give me the steam around me now
Ah, coming alive
Coming alive
Said give me some steam

Only Us

Only Us
Only Us
Only Us

It wasn't in the words that kept sticking in their throats
It wasn't with the angels in their quilted coats
These battered wings still kick up dust
Seduced by the noise and the bright things that glisten
I knew all the time I should shut up and listen
And I'm finding my way home from the great escape

The further on I go
Oh, the less I know
I can find only us breathing
Only us sleeping
Only us dreaming
Only us
I hear you calling me
Yes, I hear you calling me
Home from the great escape
Yes, I can read you loud and clear

The further on I go
Oh, the less I know
Friend or foe
There's only us

The further on I go
Oh, the less I know
I can find only us breathing
Only us sleeping
Only us dreaming
Only us
Only us

I'm coming home again
Home again
And I hear you calling me home again
I am coming home again

Only us
Only us
Only us
Only us
Only us
Only us
Only us
Only us

Washing Of The Water

River, river carry me on
Living river carry me on
River, river carry me on
To the place where I come from

So deep
So wide
Will you take me on your back for a ride
If I should fall
Would you swallow me deep inside

River, show me how to float
I feel like I'm sinking down
Thought that I could get along
But here in this water
My feet won't touch the ground
I need something to turn myself around

Going away
Away towards the sea
River deep, can you lift up and carry me
Oh, roll on though the heartland
'Till the sun has left the sky
River, river carry me high
'Till the washing of the water make it all alright
Let your waters reach me like she reached me tonight

Letting go
It's so hard
The way it's hurting now
To get this love untied
So tough to stay with this thing
'Cause if I follow through
I face what I denied
I get those hooks out of me
And I take out the hooks that I sunk deep in your side
Kill that fear of emptiness
Loneliness I hide

River, oh river
River running deep
Bring me something that will let me get to sleep
In the washing of the water will you take it all away
Bring me something to take this pain away

Digging In The Dirt

Something in me, dark and sticky
All the time it's getting strong
No way of dealing with this feeling
Can't go on like this too long

This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you
I told you
I told you
I told you
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you
I told you
I told you
I told you

Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are
Don't say nothing
Keep your hands on the wheel
Don't turn around
This is for real
Digging in the dirt
Stay with me
I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt

The more I look
The more I find
As I close on in
I get so blind
I feel it in my head
I feel it in my toes
I feel it in my sex
That's the place it goes

This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you
I told you
I told you
I told you
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you
I told you
I told you
I told you

Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are
Don't say nothing
Keep your hands on the wheel
Don't turn around
This is for real
Digging in the dirt
Stay with me, I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt

I'm digging in the dirt
Stay with me I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
To open up the places I got hurt

Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt

Fourteen Black Paintings

From the pain -- come the dream
From the dream -- come the vision
From the vision -- come the people
From the people -- come the power
From this power -- come the change

Kiss That Frog

Jump in the water

Sweet little princess
Let me introduce his frogness
You alone can get him singing
He's all puffed up
Wanna be your king
Oh, you can do it
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Lady kiss that frog

Splash, dash, heard your call
Bring you back your golden ball
He's gonna dive down in the deep end
He's gonna be just like your best friend
So what's one little kiss
One tiny little touch
Ah, he's wanting it so much
I swear that this is royal blood
Running through my skin
Oh, can you see the state I'm in
Kiss it better
Kiss it better
Kiss that frog

Get it into your head
He's living with you
He sleeps in your bed
Can't you hear beyond the croaking
Don't you know that I'm not joking
Ah, you think you won't
I think you will
Don't you know that this tongue can kill
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon
Lady kiss that frog

Let him sit beside you
Eat right off your plate
You don't have to be afraid
There's nothing here to hate
Ah, princess you might like it
If you lower your defense
Kiss that frog
And you will
Get your prince
Get your prince

Jump in the water
C'mon baby, jump in with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby get wet with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby get wet with me

Kiss that frog
Lady kiss that frog
Lady kiss that frog
Lady kiss that frog
Lady kiss that frog

Jump in the water
C'mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water
C'mon baby get wet

Secret World

I stood in this sunsheltered place
'Til I could see the face behind the face
All that had gone before had left no trace

Down by the railway siding
In our secret world, we were colliding
All the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

So I watch you wash your hair
Underwater
Unaware
And the plane flies through the air
Did you think you didn't have to choose it?
That I alone could win or lose it?
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

In this house of make believe
Divided in two, like Adam and Eve
You put out and I recieve
Down by the railway siding
In our secret world, we were colliding
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

Oh, the wheel is turning, spinning 'round and 'round
And the house is crumbling but the stairways stand
With no guilt and no shame
No sorrow or blame
Whatever it is, we are all the same

Making it up in our secret world
Making it up in our secret world
Making it up in our secret world
Shaking it up
Breaking it up
Making it up in our secret world

Seeing things that were not there
On a wing, on a prayer
In this state of disrepair
Down by the railway siding
In our secret world, we were colliding
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?
Shh, listen...