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Peter Gabriel > First Album (Car)






















25 février 1977
UK: Charisma CDS 4006 (LP)

1987
UK: Virgin PGCD1 (CD)


2002 (remastered edition)
EU: Virgin PGCDR1 (CD)





01 Moribund The Burgermeister
02 Solsbury Hill
03 Modern Love
04 Excuse Me
05 Humdrum
06 Slowburn
07 Waiting For The Big One
08 Down The Dolce Vita
09 Here Comes The Flood


Enregistrement et mixage : The Soundstage, Toronto (CA)

Peter Gabriel : chant, claviers, flûte
Allan Schwartzberg : batterie
Tony Levin : basse, tuba
Jim Maelem : percussions
Steve Hunter : guitares
Robert Fripp : guitares, banjo
Josef Chirowski : claviers
Larry Fast : synthétiseurs
Dick Wagner : choeurs, guitares
The London Symphony Orchestra dirigé par Michael Gibbs

Produit par Bob Ezrin


Moribund The Burgermeister

Caught the chaos in the market square
I don't know what, I don't know why, but something's wrong down there
Their bodies twistin' and turnin' in a thousand ways
The eyes all rollin' round and round into a distant gaze
Ah, look at that crowd!

Some are jumping up in the air - say, "We're drowning in a torrent of blood"
Others going down on their knees, seen a saviour coming out of the mud
Oh, Mother it's eating out my soul
Destroying law and order, I'm gonna lose control
What can I do to stop this plague spread by sight alone
Just a glimpse and then a quiver, then they shiver to the bone
Ah, look at them go!

Bunderschaft, you going daft? Better seal off the castle grounds
"This is Moribund, the Burgermeister, I'm going to keep this monster down,
Somebody sent the subversive element; going to chase it out of town"
No-one will tell what all this is about

But I will find out
I will find out
I will find out

This thing's outrageous, I tell you on the level
It's really so contagious, must be the work of the devil
You better go now, pick up the pipers, and tell them to play
Seems the music keeps them quiet, there is no other way
Ah, close the doors!

"We've tried potions and waxen dolls, but none of us could find any cures,"
Mother please, is it just a disease that has them breaking all my laws
Check if you can disconnect the effect and I'll go after the cause
No-one will tell what all this is about
But I will find out
I will find out
I will find out
Mother you know your son
When I say I will, I will
They'll be sorry
I'll make sure they're sorry


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
Tho' 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."


Modern Love

Hey, I'm feeling so dirty, you're looking so clean
And all you can give is a spin in your washing machine
I fly off to Rome to my prima bella
She leave me in the rain with a telescopic umbrella
Aah the pain
Modern love can be a strain

I trusted my Venus was untouched in her shell
But the pearls, the pearls in her oyster were as tacky
as hell
For Lady Godiva I came incognito
Her driver had stolen her red hot magneto
Aah the pain
Modern love can be a strain

I don't know why they leave me in the lurch
To carry on the search
It's driving me up the wall
Pity when I have so much passion
Romance is out of fashion
Can't handle modern love at all

Hey I worship Diana by the light of the moon
When I pull out my pipe she scream out of tune
In Paris my heart sink when I see my Mona Lisa
She gives me the wink, then she show me the freezer
Aah the pain
Modern love can be a strain


Excuse Me

Excuse me
You're wearing out my joie de vie
Grabbing those good years again
I want to be alone

Excuse me
I'm not the man I used to be
Someone else crept in again
I want to be alone

Excuse me please
I'm looking for Lost Angeles
Soaking up the sin again
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone

You got the money back, that's okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine, make you see the light
Call me in Alaska if it all turns out right

Excuse me please
You're standing on my memories
Stealing souvenirs again
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone
I want to be alone

You got the money back that's okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine, make you see the light
Call me in Alaska if it all turns out right


Humdrum

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

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

Hey Valentina, do you want me to beg?
You got me cooking I'm a hard boiled egg
In the humdrum
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 televison
She come to cut me a deep incision
In the humdrum
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 getting back when 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 come the bright car
Our amoeba, my little liebe schon


Slowburn

We're character actors from the tower of Babel
Bewildered, burnt out hardly able
To sit astride the high wire cable
It's hard to balance, a little unstable

Through broken eyes and contact lenses
I watched you draw your future tenses
See kisses of flame blow out of your lips
You're back telling me your Apocalypse

But don't get me wrong, I'll be strong
When the slow burn sunset come along
You've gotta stay the night
I gotta think that you might

We've tried a handful of bills and a headful of pills
We've tried making movies from a volume of stills
Words fell like hailstones, bouncing at our feet,
Covering our feelings with a frozen sheet

A chance to move I take a shot
I get cold - you get hot
We look outside, lyin' awake
See birds breakin' surface on a silent lake
But don't get me wrong, I'll be strong
When I'm back on the Isle of Avalon

Don't get me wrong, I'll be strong
When the slow burn sunset come along
You've gotta stay the night
I gotta think that you might

Don't try to make it easy, it'll cut you down to size
Darlin' we've got to trust in something
We're shooting down our skies
Shooting down, shooting down our skies
Shooting down our.......


Waiting For The Big One

The wine's all drunk and so am I
Here with the hoi-poloi, don't ask me why
We're celebratin', anticipatin'; the end of the year
Everybody come, everybody here
- well more or less
Some already in a mess
I guess they're waiting for the big one

Wonder why I'm cold. How did I get this far?
Had no money, had no car
I pray the snow goes, be bad if it settles
'Cos I follow my nose and the dried up rose petals
- Like the man says,
Sure hope Moses knows his roses
Or we'll all be waiting for the big one

Once I was a credit to my credit card
Spent what I hadn't got, it wasn't hard
No trust in judgement, no trust in money
Someday I'll find myself, like a bee finding honey
But in the meantime
I'm gonna have me some fun
Waiting for the big one

One too many - when ego I go too
Looking for the real thing
It don't come from what I do
No real communication moves out of my face
I'm beginning to think, yeah, I'm just out of place
Won't get in too deep, I want to get some sleep
To be ready for the big
To be ready for the big


Down The Dolce Vita

"Hey Mac, see you down the Dolce Vita"
"Get back, we don't have time
''Cos I hear we're sending off the heroes
When the year goes, they're out the bay,
Tryin' to find a way to make it alive"

"So long," said four men to their families
"Be strong, till we get back home
And if not, take care of all the children
Until then just hope and pray
We're gonna find a way to make it alive"

"You guys are crazy!"

They shout and then we leave the harbour
In doubt, they're acting weird
And the sea is whipping up a welcome
If hell come we're all easy prey,
Trying to find a way to make it alive

"You guys are crazy"

The captain's hand shook for the guys to get in place
He said, "Let's look behind your face."
With each corner covered, they were all around
Waiting for the midnight bell to sound.

"Out of sight", cried Aeron through his glasses
"Don't fight" said Gorham's smile
All the while, his hand was on my shoulder
I was scared of being easy prey, trying to find a way
to make it alive
I wont be easy prey, gonna find a way
to make it alive


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

I 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 nails sunk in the cloud, the rain was warm
And soaked the crowd

Lord, here comes the flood
We'll 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 the thunder crash
You're a thousand minds, within a flash
Don't be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors 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'll 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
Lord here comes the flood
We'll 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
Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry