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28 septembre 1992

EU : Real World PG 7 (2 LP)
EU : Real World PGCD 7 (CD)

2002 (remastered edition)
EU : Virgin PGCDR7 (CD)






01 Come Talk To Me
02 Love To Be Loved
03 Blood Of Eden
04 Steam
05 Only Us
06 Washing Of The Water
07 Digging In The Dirt
08 Fourteen Black Paintings
09 Kiss That Frog
10 Secret World


Enregistrement : studios Real World (GB), studios Kingsway, Nouvelle-Orléans (US), studio 2000, Dakar (Sénégal)

Peter Gabriel : chant, claviers, harmonica
Manu Katché : batterie
Tony Levin : basse
David Rhodes : guitares
Daniel Lanois : guitares, hi-hat
Richard Blair : claviers
Chris Ormston : bagpipes
Levon Minassian : doudouk
Hossam Ramzy : tabla
Bill Dillon : guitares
Shankar : violon
Gus Isodore : bridge guitar
Léo Nocentelli : guitares
John Paul Jones : basse, claviers, surdu
Richard Evans : mandoline
Caroline Lavelle : violoncelle
Sinead O'Connor, Daniel Lanois, Peter Hammill, Richard McPhail, Marilyn McFarlane : chant

Produit par Daniel Lanois et Peter Gabriel



Come Talk To Me

The wretched desert takes it's form,
The jackal proud and tight,
In search of you I feel my way,
Through 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
'Til 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
'Til 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 recognise 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 with 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 any more
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
Oh....

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 holes

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 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 have done everything we can
In the blood of Eden, so we 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 open 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

Stand back, said stand back!
Can't you see I've lost control
I'm getting indiscreet
You're moving in so close 'til 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 nose-dive
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 foil
Water's bubbling, bb-b-b-bubbling-bubbling-bubbling-bubbling-bubbling like it's coming to the boil
Give me steam, lady
Give me the steam around me now
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 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 [x8]


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 toward the sea
River deep, can you lift up and carry me
Oh roll on through the heartland
'Til the sun has left the sky
River, river, carry me high
'Til 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
'Cos if I follow through I face what I denied
I'll get those hooks out of me
And I'll take out the hooks that I sunk deep in your side
Kill that fear with 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....


Fourteen Black Paintings

From the pain come the dream
From the dream come the vision
From the vision come the people
And from the people come the power
From this power come the change


Kiss That Frog

Aah yeah
Yeah, 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 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?
Aah, he's wanting it so much
I swear that this is royal blood running through my skin
Oh, can't you see the state I'm in
Kiss it better, kiss it better

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
Aah, 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 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
Aah 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, get wet, get wet

Kiss that frog, lady kiss that frog
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, get wet, get wet
get wet, get wet, get wet, 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 didnt 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 crubling 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 [x3]
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

Shh, listen...