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L’autre disque qui a tout changé pour Peter, mais sur le plan financier cette fois… Le succès est enfin là… Et il n’a failli jamais venir. Peter était en faillite en 1982 et recevait des menaces de mort. Comme si ca ne suffisait pas, quand il a enregistré So, une fois l’enregistrement terminé, il a subitement décidé que ca n’allait pas a tout jeté et a tout recommencé. La maison de disque se serait ouvert les veines… Mais il a eu raison de recommencer. Puisque le succès était là, enfin. Enfin Peter a trouvé un son qui lui convient et il l’exploite. Il l’a trouvé sur PG4. Etrange de voir qu’il s’est cherché pendant ses 4 premiers albums, et ne leur donnant pas de nom. Une fois qu’il a eu fini de se chercher, enfin, un vrai premier nom est apparu… tout comme son visage sur la pochette, pour la première fois au grand jour, sans se déchirer ou autre déformation… Sledgehammer a été le titre du grand succès, raflant des prix, notamment pour son clip. Peter a failli ne jamais l’enregistrer, à cause des cuivres. Il avait trop peur qu’on lui reproche de vouloir copier Philou qui à l’époque avait beaucoup plus de succès que lui. La légende veut que Phil lui ait dit qu’il n’en avait rien à faire pour que Peter se décide à l’enregistrer. Peter respire financièrement maintenant et va se lancer dans sa carrière chanson du monde, avec la création des studios Realworld… Musicalement, ca a beau être un succès commercial, ce n’est pas pour autant de la soupe : les chansons sont excellentes, en particulier Red Rain, mais bon, tout vaut le coup. Sur ce disque, il y a ce qui est peut être la plus belle chanson de Peter : In your eyes

Tracklist

(Gabriel)

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
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
hay ay ay 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 defences down
with the trust of a child

red rain is 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 is coming down
red rain is pouring down
red rain is coming down all over me
I see it
red rain is coming down
red rain is pouring down
red rain is coming down all over me
I’m bathing in it
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

(Gabriel)

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
‘cos 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
and I will show for you
show for me, I will show for you
yea, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I do mean you
only you
you’ve been coming through
going to build that powerr
build, build up that power, hey
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
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

(Gabriel)

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
‘cos 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 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 the a place
there’s a place where we belong

(Gabriel/Rhodes)

I want to be with you
I want to be clear
but each time I try
it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again

I’m listening to the conversation
judge and jury in my head
it’s colouring everything
all we did and said
and still I head that sharp tongue talking
talking tangled words
I can sense the danger
just listen to the wind

I want you close I want you near
I can’t help but listen
but I don’t want to hear
hear that voice again

I want to be with you
I want to be clear
but each time I try
it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again

I’m hearing right and wrong so clearly
there must be more than this
it’s only in uncertainty
that we’re naked and alive
I hear it through the rattle of a streetcar
hear it through the things you said
I can get so scared
listen to the wind

I want you close I want you near
I can’t help but listen
but I don’t want to hear
hear that voice again

what I carry in my heart
brings us so close or so far apart
only love can make love

I want you close I want you near
I can’t help but listen
but I don’t want to hear
I hear that voice again

I want to be with you
I want to be clear
but each time I try
it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again

(Gabriel)

for anne sexton

looking down on empty streets, all she can see
are the dreams all made solid
are the dreams all made real

all of the buildings, all of those cars
were once just a dream
in somebody’s head

she pictures the broken glass, she pictures the steam
she pictures a soul
with no leak at the seam

lets 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 st.
wear your inside out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy(‘s arms again
dreaming of mercy st.
‘swear they moved that sign
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy’s arms

pulling out the papers from the 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 st.
wear your insides out
dreaming of mercy
in your daddy’s arms again
dreaming of mercy st.
‘swear they moved that sign
looking for mercy
in your daddy’s arms

mercy, mercy, looking for mercy
mercy, mercy, looking for mercy

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

(Gabriel)

suc cess

I’m on my way, I’m making it
I’ve giot 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
there’s 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 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 all have 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
I’m going to watch it growing
big time big time
my car is getting bigger
big time
my house is getting bigger
big time
my eyes are getting bigger
big time
and my mouth
big time
my belly is 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

(Gabriel)

milgram’s 37

we do what we’re told
we do what we’re told
we do what we’re told
told to do

we do what we’re told
we do what we’re told
we do what we’re told
told to do

one doubt
one voice
one war
one truth
one dream

(Gabriel/Anderson)

excellent birds

flying birds
excellent birds
watch them fly, there they go
falling snow
excellent snow
here it comes. watch it fall

long words
excellent words
I can hear them now

this is the picture, this is the picture
this is the picture, this is the picture

I’m sitting by the window
watching the snow fall
I’m looking out
and I’m moving, turning in time
catching up. moving in
jump up! I can land on my feet. look out!

this is the picture, this is the picture
this is the picture, this is the picture

looking out. watching out
when I see the future I close my eyes
I can see it now

I see pictures of people, rising up
pictures of people, falling down
I see pictures of people
they’re standing on their heads, they’re ready
they’re looking out, look out!
they’re watching out, watch out!
they’re looking out, look out!
they’re watching out, watch out!

I see pictures of people
I see pictures of people

(Gabriel)

love I get so lost, sometimes
days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
when I want to run away
I drive off in my car
but whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
the heat I see in your eyes

love, I don’t like to see so much pain
so much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

and all my instincts, they return
and the grand facade, so soon will burn
without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

in your eyes
the light the heat
in your eyes
I am complete
in your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
in your eyes
the resolution of all the fruitless searches
in your eyes
I see the light and the heat
in your eyes
oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
the heat I see in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes
in your eyes in your eyes

Produit par Peter Gabriel et Daniel Lanois.
Ingénieurs du son : Lanois et Kevin Killen.
Additional engineering by David Bottill and David Stallbaumer, assisted by Jam Crisp.
Originally mastered at the Town House, London by Ian Cooper.
Enregistré et mixé à Real World Studios, Angleterre

Sorti en Mai 1986

Singles :

Avril 86 – Sledgehammer/Don’t Break This Rhythm
Octobre 86 – Don’t Give Up/Curtains
Mars 87 – Big Time/Curtains/We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37)
Juin 87 – Red Rain/Ga Ga