Peter GABRIEL


Us

(1992)



1. Come Talk To Me 7'06
(Peter Gabriel)
2. Love To Be Loved 5'17
(Peter Gabriel)
3. Blood Of Eden 6'39
(Peter Gabriel)
4. Steam 6'03
(Peter Gabriel)
5. Only Us 6'32
(Peter Gabriel)
6. Washing Of The Water 3'52
(Peter Gabriel)
7. Digging In The Dirt 5'18
(Peter Gabriel)
8. Fourteen Black Paintings 4'38
(Peter Gabriel)
9. Kiss That Frog 5'20
(Peter Gabriel)
10. Secret World 7'03
(Peter Gabriel)

Total Time: 57:48


  • Peter Gabriel - Programming (1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10), Keyboard Bass (1, 3, 7, 9, 10), Additional Keys (8), Harmonica (9), Mexican Flute (10), Percussion (2, 4, 9), Valiha (2), Triangle (1), Horn Arrangements (4), Vocals
  • David Rhodes - Guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-10), 12-String Guitar (3), Solo Guitar (4)
  • Bill Dillon - Guitar (2, 5)
  • Leo Nocentelli - Guitar (4, 7)
  • Daniel Lanois - Telecaster Guitar (1, 10), Dobro (8, 10), Horn Arrangements (4), Hi-Hat (3), Additional Vocals (1), Vocals (3)
  • Gus Isidore - Bridge Guitar (3)
  • Richard Evans - Mandolin (8)
  • Richard Blair - Additional Verse Keyboards (1), programming (4, 5, 7, 9), Additional Programming (2, 3)
  • Brian Eno - Additional Keys (2)
  • Kudsi Erguner - Ney Flute (5)
  • Reggie Houston - Baritone Saxophone (4, 6)
  • Tim Green - Tenor Saxophone (4, 6)
  • Renard Poche - Trombone (4, 6)
  • Chris Ormston - Bagpipes (1)
  • Malcolm Burn Horn Arrangement (6), Additional Synth Cello (10), Additional Production Ideas (10)
  • Caroline Lavelle - Cello (2, 6, 10), String Arrangement (2)
  • Will Malone String Arrangement (2, 6)
  • Johnny Dollar String Arrangement (2, 6)
  • Tony Levin - Bass (2-7, 10), Bass Chorus (1)
  • John Paul Jones Bass (8), Surdu (8), Keyboards (8)
  • Manu Katche - Drums
  • Hassam Ramzy Tabla (2), Surdu (7)
  • Daryl Johnson - Hand Drum (2)
  • Lakshminarayana Shankar - Violin (2, 3, 5, 8)
  • David Bottrill Programming (5, 9)
  • William Orbit - Programming (2), Additional Programming (5)
  • Assane Thiam Tama (7), Talking Drum (8)
  • Hossam Ramzy - Tabla
  • The BABACAR FAYE DRUMMERS - Sabar Drums (1, 4)
  • ADZIDO PAN AFRICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE Additional Percussion loop (9)
  • Levon Minassian - Doudouk (1, 3, 8)
  • Doudou N'Daiye Rose - Drum Loop (10)
  • Manny Elias Senegalese Shakers (9)
  • Dmitri POKROVSKY ENSEMBLE - Vocals (1)
  • Babacar Faye Djembe (7, 8)
  • Sinead O'Connor - Vocals (1, 3)
  • Marilyn McFarlane - Vocals (9)
  • Ayub Ogada - Vocals (5, 7)
  • Peter Hammill Vocals (7)
  • Richard Macphail Vocals (7)

    Produced by Daniel Lanois and Peter Gabriel
    Recording and Mix Engineer: David Bottrill
    Richard Evans Additional Engineering (2), Mix Engineer (8)
    Richard Chappell Bridge section Mix (3)
    Mark Howard Horns Recording (6)
    Extra Brainstorming: Brian Eno
    Additional Production Ideas: Malcom Burn
    All Photographs by David Scheinmann
    Sleeve Design: Malcom Garrett
    Assorted Images Visual Coordination: Nichola Bruce, Mike Coulson
    Visual Artist Liaison: Tamar Arnon
    Chaos Artist: Gordon Aldred
    Digital Image Remix: Alasdair and Luca at
    ZAPFACTOR
    Mastered by Ian Cooper at
    The TOWNHOUSE
    Digital Editing by David Bottrill
    Management by Stephen Hedges
    Assisted by Paula Bonhomjme and Fizle Sagar,
    PROBONO MANAGEMENT Ltd, 132 Liverpool Road, London N1 1LA
    REAL WORLD MUSIC - Karen Christie, 21 Conduit Place, London, W2 1HS
    A&R - Gary Gersh and Simon Draper
    Assistant to Peter Gabriel - Annie Parsons
    Additional Studio Assistance: Richard Cappell, Ben Findlay
    Technical Support: Sue Coulson, Brian Gray, Pete Holmes, Paul Mahon.

    All Tracks Wirtten by Peter Gabriel
    Published by
    REAL WORLD MUSIC Ltd. / HIDDEN PON MUSIC Inc. (BMI)

    Special Thanks To: Mike Large, Maria Pedro, David Taraskevics

    Everybody at REAL WORLD, Box and REAL WORLD, London

    All Tracks Recorded and Mixed October 1989 - June 1992 at REAL WORLD STUDIOS, Box, Wiltshire, England
    Except for one weeks Recording at
    KINGSWAY STUDIO, New Orleans and one Percussion session at STUDIO 2000, Dakar, Senegal

    Some Additional source Percussion Recorded in Senegal in 1980

    This Album was Mastered using the LINN NUMERIK SYSTEM

    Music of this record is about relatioship. I am dedicating it to all those who have taught me about loving and being loved. Especially to my parents, Ralph and Irene. To Jill for giving so much in all the time were growing up together. To Rosanna for all your love and support that I didn't properly acknowledge.
    And to my daughters Anne and Melanie, my proude and joy And to the group: To Meg, our fairy godmather, Jane, John, Marika, Barry, Colin, Barbara, David, Mary, Mariam and Tim.
    And to Robin and Prue for all their help in the early days.

    The Copyright in this Recording owned by PETER GABRIEL Ltd.
    Licensed exclusively to
    VIRGIN RECORDS Ltd.
    1992 PETER GABRIEL Ltd.





    1. 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 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
    chorus 1:

    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

    [x2]
      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
    chorus 2:

    Don't you ever change your mind
    Now your future's so defined
    And you act so deaf and blind
    [And you act so deaf so blind]
    Come on, come talk to me
    Come talk to me

    [x2]
      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 [x2]

      I said please talk to me
      If you'd just talk to me
      Unblock this misery
      If you'd only talk to me
    chorus 2

    2. Love To Be Loved

      [Aaaaahi, byeeee]

      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 [x2]
      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 [x2]
      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 [x2]
      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

      [x3]

      I love to be loved
      I love to be loved
      Yes I love to be loved

    3. 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
      They're heated and they're holy
      Oh they're sitting there on high
      So secure with everything they're buying
    chorus:

    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
    chorus
      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
      Heeeeeeeeeeyyyy

      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
    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.

    4. Steam

      Stand Back!
      Stand Back!

      What are those dogs doing sniffing at my feet
      They're on to something, picking up
      Picking up this heat, this heat
    chorus 1:

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as anything you've seen
    Get a life with this 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 kick them open but
      I know you
    chorus 2:

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as any place you've been
    Get a life with the dreamer's dream
      Stand back!
      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
    chorus 1
      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
    chorus 2
      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 all 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
    chorus 1
      Help me yeah
      Ready to steam out the log jam
      Stir crazy from the freezer to the boil
      Water's bubbling, it's b..b..b..bubbling
      bubbling [x4]
      like it's coming to a boil
      Give me steam, lady
      Give me steam around me now
      Aah coming alive [x2]
      Said give me some steam

    5. Only Us

      Only Us [x3]

      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
    chorus:

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

      Only us

      [x8]

    6. 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
      '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 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

    7. 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
    chorus:

    This time you've gone too far [x3]
    I told you [x4]
    This time you've gone too far [x3]
    I told you

    [x4]
      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
    chorus
      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

      [x7]

    8. 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

    9. Kiss That Frog

      [Aah, 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 [x6]
      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
      Aaah, 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 royal 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
      Aaah, you think you won't
      I think you will
      Don't you know that this tongue can kill
      C'mon [x6]
      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 defence
      Kiss that frog, and you will
      Get your prince [x2]
      [Huh!]

      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 [x4]

      Jump in the water, c'mon baby jump in with me

      [x3]

      Jump in the water, c'mon baby get wet
      [get wet, get wet]

      [x6]

    10. 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
    chorus:

    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
    chorus
      Shh, listen ...