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Come Talk to Me – (Song Lyric Sunday)

I have been a bit of a fan of Peter Gabriel since his days with Genesis – I was given his solo album ‘So’ by a friend. We were were due to go see him in concert but Graham died in a car accident – he was so young. This would have been 1981/2

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Peter Gabriel met Sinéad O’Connor in October 1990 at the Amnesty International human rights benefit concert held in Santiago, Chile. Gabriel tapped O’Connor to sing on his album, and she came to Real World Studios to perform her vocal parts on “Blood of Eden” and “Come Talk to Me”, the latter written by Gabriel to his younger daughter, Melanie – a teenager.

Source: Wikipedia

Gabriel wrote this 7-minute track about the difficulty he had communicating with his daughter. The song is an invitation, asking her to “unlock this misery” and come talk to him.

The Album ‘Us‘ alluded to the turmoil in Gabriel’s private life at the time, and this song specifically addresses his younger daughter Melanie, with whom relations had become strained after he moved out of the family home into a nearby cottage with Rosanna Arquette.

Mojo magazine asked Gabriel if the album helped communicate and heal or did it add fuel to the fire? “I don’t know,” he replied. “My ex-wife is now a very good therapist, and we joke sometimes that I gave her the fuel and incentive! I’m not conscious that the record was specific therapy”.

Gabriel used this song to open his Secret World Live tour in 1993-1994. A very theatrical performer with a penchant for props, Gabriel would emerge from a phone booth and sing into a telephone, extending the cord as he tried to connect.

Source: Song Facts

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

Oh 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 blow 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 meI 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

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Peter Gabriel

Come Talk to Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Post inspired by Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday Prompt – This week we have the prompts: Chat/Laugh/Rant/Scream/Talk – Click through for the rules if you too would like to join in …

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  1. Laura this is a beautiful song and I love Peter Gabriel’s voice. Thanks for explaining what this song was written about. Who is the other singer in the black dress? She doesn’t look like Sinéad O’Connor because I have only seen her with a bald head.

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