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Afro Celt Sound System — When You're Falling (w/ Peter Gabriel)
Album: Volume 3 - Further In Time
Avg rating:
7.6

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2246









Released: 1996
Length: 5:02
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Every day, you crawl into the night
A fallen angel, with your wings set alight
When you hit the ground
Everything turns to blue
I can't get through the smoke
That's surrounding you

'Cause when you're falling
I can't tell which way is down
And when you're screaming
Somehow I don't hear a sound
And when you're seeing things
Then your feet don't touch the ground
'Cause when you're falling
I can't tell which way is down

I can see through the clouds
I can walk right through the walls
Hang me off the ceiling
But I can't take the fall
Should I cross the river
When I may get swept away
Out there on the water
You can still see me wave

'Cause when you're falling
I can't tell which way is down
When you're falling
I can't tell which way is down

I can see all those things
My feet don't touch the ground..

'Cause when you're falling
I can't tell which way is down
And when you're screaming
Somehow I don't hear a sound
And when you're seeing things
Then your feet don't touch the ground
'Cause when you're falling
Somehow I can't hear a sound

Somehow I don't hear a sound
Falling...
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 stegokitty wrote:
Just another PG song with African sound, that sounds like virtually all the other PG songs with African sound.
Meh. 

Except it's not a PG song. This song was written by Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O'Lionaird, and Martin Russell.
 
I'm curious about the lyrics (and language) of the background vocals...anyone know?
 randyblew wrote:
Great joyous PG - Afro Celt song. The video for this is super fun also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvJYgkBbCbs
 
*bump*
 randyblew wrote:
Great joyous PG - Afro Celt song. The video for this is super fun also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvJYgkBbCbs
 

*bump*

TOTALLY agree on both points!!!
Great joyous PG - Afro Celt song. The video for this is super fun also.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvJYgkBbCbs
 rgio wrote:
Sure miss PG....and my youth (not in that order)
 
me too! Secret World Live! one of the best shows ever - & I've seen a ton
dance break!
Aw, I looked at the lyrics and what I thought was "singing" is "seeing things"...

I liked my misunderstanding better. :(
how do you top this?
8 - Most Excellent  to me
This — well, this is something pretty darned special. THAT INFECTIOUS BEAT! Sinnni niss si deebeedoh...sinnni niss si deebeeddoh
Just another PG song with African sound, that sounds like virtually all the other PG songs with African sound.
Meh. 
Imitation of ethnomusic, imitation of emotions, imitation of feeling. 2.
Superb.  Immediate 9 from the Bristol office.
Ah - the Lion King. 
I find this rollicking madness to be joyful. Solid 10.
 1wolfy wrote:
a bit too similar to Biko..or is that intentional
 
 oldsaxon wrote:

really? this is fast and a bit odd. how?

 
The phrasing, meter, and melody of the verses are very similar.  You could sing the lyrics to "Biko" over much of this song.  I imagine it's intentional - it's not very likely that Mr. Gabriel would've forgotten about one of his best-known songs.
 1wolfy wrote:
a bit too similar to Biko..or is that intentional
 
really? this is fast and a bit odd. how?


"Most Excellent" is still a great rating for this tune.
love this song, it's timeless joy!  Sinny niece da dibby do - sinny niece da dibby do!
Just raised the volume...
A big 10.
Damn you Gabriel.  Stop following me around.
get up and dance!  love that flinty voice..{#Angel}
Sure miss PG....and my youth (not in that order)
Looking forward to seeing Peter Gabriel live in May in my home town!!!
Tops!!!!    {#Drummer}
St. Peter
 ambrebalte wrote:
sure better than a hotel room, I'm in your streets, dancing
 

We be dancing in the pews now...  hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute...  love this song...
 
 (former member) wrote:


Everybody screamed at me to turn up the volume, so I did...  we be dancing in the streets...

 
  sure better than a hotel room, I'm in your streets, dancing




Everybody screamed at me to turn up the volume, so I did...  we be dancing in the streets...

 
Wonderfully upbeat. It seems Peter Gabriel's voice fits any type of music. Pity he makes so little of it.
 unclehud wrote:
PS:  An American equivalent of "dog's bollocks," please?

 
It's the cat's meow!  The bee's knees, baby!  The shiznit!  I guess it's pretty cool!


Everybody kicked off their shoes and started dancing here...  love it...

 


The volume just went wayyyy up, and everybody in my hotel room be dancing right this minute...  love it...

 

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


 
 Dave_Mack wrote:

I like it, but I'm tired of it.
 


I still love it...  I could listen to this great song 43,829 more times before I got tired of it...  everybody in my hotel room is dancing...


a bit too similar to Biko..or is that intentional

NICE!
 fredriley wrote:
<...> direct inverse proportion <...>
 
Interesting trick that.

 romeotuma wrote:


Love this song...  we be dancing...

 
 
I like it, but I'm tired of it.



Love this song...  we be dancing...

 
 boober wrote:

I feel like I'm getting a free lesson in the "King's English" when Fred responds.

 
Oh, I very much doubt the aristocracy would speak like that. What you're getting is a bit of working-class dialect and slang.

I hate that band... but I like THIS singer.
Please, anybody could tell me how must I do to have the same voice? {#Smile}
Always loved Peter Gabriel...{#Notworthy}
Can somebody help me? I'm trying to upload my pic onto my info page and it keeps on saying "not a valid jpeg or gif."
I have always like this song in spite of the lead singer.
When it opened I thought he was about to launch into an alternate version of "Biko".
 
"Everday...we hear this song everyday."
 boober wrote:
I feel like I'm getting a free lesson in the "King's English" when Fred responds.
 
"Queen's English."  England/UK ain't got no king at the moment

"I'll just get me coat ..."  <——— fredriley      PS:  An American equivalent of "dog's bollocks," please?

Kiss them for me, Pete


 fredriley wrote:

The volume of Genesis' hits is in direct inverse proportion to the quality of their music. Popular success does not always equal quality. Genesis were, and IMO still are, execrable producers of naff pomprock, and Collins is a grade one tit, albeit a very rich tit. Gabriel has improved by an order of magnitude since leaving Genesis, and the stuff of his that's been played on here is the dog's bollocks. Genesis are the dog's breakfast.

I also have a very soft spot for him for being the midwife in the birth of the highly innovative Afro Celt Sound System, which are some of the most prized CDs in my collection. Saying that, I don't think this particular number plays to either's strengths and is a bit dull compared to other Gabriel and ACSS work, Still worth a 6 from the Nottingham jury, though.

 
I feel like I'm getting a free lesson in the "King's English" when Fred responds.

This song reminds me of something ABBA would do. Not that thats a bad thing...
Love PG and specially his work with African musicians!!!
I loved this song when it first came out.  This version sounds like it's been remixed - the version on my CD is different, and you can hear the other singers much better.
l like this but Peter G. dominates a bit.  I would love to hear the other vocals a bit more.  They are beautifully harmonized.
 fredriley wrote:

The volume of Genesis' hits is in direct inverse proportion to the quality of their music. Popular success does not always equal quality. Genesis were, and IMO still are, execrable producers of naff pomprock, and Collins is a grade one tit, albeit a very rich tit. Gabriel has improved by an order of magnitude since leaving Genesis, and the stuff of his that's been played on here is the dog's bollocks. Genesis are the dog's breakfast.

I also have a very soft spot for him for being the midwife in the birth of the highly innovative Afro Celt Sound System, which are some of the most prized CDs in my collection. Saying that, I don't think this particular number plays to either's strengths and is a bit dull compared to other Gabriel and ACSS work, Still worth a 6 from the Nottingham jury, though.

 
Hey Fred, I'm right with you also.  Both for Peter Gabriel and Afro Celt Sound System.

 That_SOB wrote:

 Thank you for leaving Genesis Mr. P. Gabriel. No doubt had you stayed, Genesis would have sputtered into obscurity. This works, as this way you get a hit about every 8 - 10 years, while Phil and crew went on without you to be quite prolific.... and made a dozen + gold albums. Don't get me wrong Peter,  I like your tunes but absence makes the heart grow fonder...



 

You're right SOB...I never thought of it like that. Come to think of it, he never worked with Britney Spears or Mylie Cyrus either, and look how many hits they made. How incredibly perceptive of you.
 fredriley wrote:

The volume of Genesis' hits is in direct inverse proportion to the quality of their music. Popular success does not always equal quality. Genesis were, and IMO still are, execrable producers of naff pomprock, and Collins is a grade one tit, albeit a very rich tit. Gabriel has improved by an order of magnitude since leaving Genesis, and the stuff of his that's been played on here is the dog's bollocks. Genesis are the dog's breakfast.

I also have a very soft spot for him for being the midwife in the birth of the highly innovative Afro Celt Sound System, which are some of the most prized CDs in my collection. Saying that, I don't think this particular number plays to either's strengths and is a bit dull compared to other Gabriel and ACSS work, Still worth a 6 from the Nottingham jury, though.

 
Well said Fred. I'm 100% with you.

 That_SOB wrote:
 Thank you for leaving Genesis Mr. P. Gabriel. No doubt had you stayed, Genesis would have sputtered into obscurity. This works, as this way you get a hit about every 8 - 10 years, while Phil and crew went on without you to be quite prolific.... and made a dozen + gold albums. Don't get me wrong Peter,  I like your tunes but absence makes the heart grow fonder...
 
The volume of Genesis' hits is in direct inverse proportion to the quality of their music. Popular success does not always equal quality. Genesis were, and IMO still are, execrable producers of naff pomprock, and Collins is a grade one tit, albeit a very rich tit. Gabriel has improved by an order of magnitude since leaving Genesis, and the stuff of his that's been played on here is the dog's bollocks. Genesis are the dog's breakfast.

I also have a very soft spot for him for being the midwife in the birth of the highly innovative Afro Celt Sound System, which are some of the most prized CDs in my collection. Saying that, I don't think this particular number plays to either's strengths and is a bit dull compared to other Gabriel and ACSS work, Still worth a 6 from the Nottingham jury, though.

 teapot wrote:

This song always puts me in a good mood, and I need it now...

 
ME TOO!!!

This song always puts me in a good mood, and I need it now...


Two of my favorites collaborating on a pretty good tune.

Sounds like a sped up Biko in places.



ya do?

 
cochlear wrote:

Romey has a limited repertoire.  But ya gotta love the guy.  {#Rolleyes}
 


this song makes my heart soar......
Sort of Abba-ish in the chorus


Love the wall of sound with the cute little ukulele(?) just peeking through. Symphonic.

Nice segue from Nitin Sawhney
Nice tune!

 Thank you for leaving Genesis Mr. P. Gabriel. No doubt had you stayed, Genesis would have sputtered into obscurity. This works, as this way you get a hit about every 8 - 10 years, while Phil and crew went on without you to be quite prolific.... and made a dozen + gold albums. Don't get me wrong Peter,  I like your tunes but absence makes the heart grow fonder...



Cheery little ditty
 crockydile wrote:

Romeotuma called, he says this is good for his ears. I say it's good for my soul. PG is my hero! {#Dancingbanana_2}
 

You be correct...  this song is soooo good for the ears, and the soul...


 michaelgmitchell wrote:
'romeotuma' ... what-cha think of this one?
 
Romeotuma called, he says this is good for his ears. I say it's good for my soul. PG is my hero! {#Dancingbanana_2}
'romeotuma' ... what-cha think of this one?
 countyman wrote:
ONE per song please.

 
romeotuma wrote:


This great song is soooo good for the ears...
 
 
Romey has a limited repertoire.  But ya gotta love the guy.  {#Rolleyes}

 bizon wrote:

Hear, hear!

Peter Gabriel is known to most as the guy who did Sledgehammer (which is a great tune), but has such a vast, amazing and unfortunately to most, little known catalogue of musical genius. He truly is one of the modern masters and I believe that he will be remembered, respected and studied along with the likes of Mozart.

 
I would have to disagree with that; I think that all of the early Genesis work as well as all of his subsequent solo releases have gotten plenty of airlplay much to mine and others who do not like him's chagrin!{#Headache}

ONE per song please.

 
romeotuma wrote:


This great song is soooo good for the ears...
 


Not a Gabriel fan, but I have always like this song.


Like I said....

 
gjeeg wrote:
This song SOARS. I first heard it in the soundtrack of the IMAX film about extreme human sports.
A bunch of X Heads were dancing in the sky on airboards in free fall - skydancing at 150 mph with cameras up close and rolling. Gabriel singing away. A moment!
 


What a moment it was to hear this blasting in an IMAX theater as soundtrack to a film about human flight.
Very tripped out.
One (only?) of the better ACSS tracks.
don't know why I had this at 7.......most excellent
 Alafia wrote:
I hold very, very few musicians in the same regard as I do Peter Gabriel.
In fact, maybe nobody else...   He is unique in the world.

 
So true!  He is the only live act I care to see before we're both too old....never managed to see him in concert, thus far. 



This great song is soooo good for the ears...


 Alafia wrote:
I hold very, very few musicians in the same regard as I do Peter Gabriel.
In fact, maybe nobody else...   He is unique in the world.

 
Hear, hear!

Peter Gabriel is known to most as the guy who did Sledgehammer (which is a great tune), but has such a vast, amazing and unfortunately to most, little known catalogue of musical genius. He truly is one of the modern masters and I believe that he will be remembered, respected and studied along with the likes of Mozart.

I'm dancing in my cube too!!!!
 
rolland69 wrote:
Can't sit still in my cube when this comes on!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE IT!
 


Can't sit still in my cube when this comes on!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE IT!


This is a great song that is good for the ears...


Peter Gabriel - on of my all-time-favourites.
This years winner of the  Polar Music Prize: https://www.polarmusicprize.org/ Finally! {#Clap}

I hold very, very few musicians in the same regard as I do Peter Gabriel.
In fact, maybe nobody else...   He is unique in the world.

Not PG's or ACSS's best by a long chalk, but still pretty good.
Limpopoking wrote:

yes yes yes... it's one 'o clock and time for lunch {#Lol}



dum di dum di deee

Chill Factor  (to the Bone) Chrissy Hines( the pretenders) 100!!!!{#Bananajam}
 jesspra wrote:
Radio Paradise has made me appreciate Peter Gabriel.  For the longest time he was just "So" to me, now he's so much more.{#Yes}
 
I'd agree with that. Until RP Peter Gabriel was always associated in my mind with the accursed, execrable, putrid, baroque and overblown crime against popular music that was Genesis. Unlike the pillock Phil Collins, Gabriel has actually improved by orders of magnitude since escaping from that 'group'. Unfortunately, this number shows none of the strengths of Gabriel and the ACSS (which I'm a big, big fan of), and IMO is the weakest record on the CD. Still, he did act as midwife to ACSS so big cred to him for that.

this song just gives me a happy feeling
{#Yes}
 More_Cowbell wrote:


Yes! How about somthing from Selling England By the Pound!
 
yes yes yes... it's one 'o clock and time for lunch {#Lol}

 jagdriver wrote: 

Yes! How about somthing from Selling England By the Pound!
 ThePoose wrote:


If Pete and David Byrne ever do a duet LP, Bill will have an org*sm and RP will feature it (the music) wall-to-wall.
 

{#Roflol}{#Mrgreen}{#Yes}{#Stop}
{#Sunny}
 jesspra wrote:
Radio Paradise has made me appreciate Peter Gabriel.  For the longest time he was just "So" to me, now he's so much more.{#Yes}
 

So-So ?

{#Roflol}
Yes!
Radio Paradise has made me appreciate Peter Gabriel.  For the longest time he was just "So" to me, now he's so much more.{#Yes}
Man, I got so tired of this song when I heard it every day on the way to work back in 2001, but now, years later and without the overplay, I can appreciate that it's a pretty decent song.

 Is it me or is "Everything as it should be" with Gabrial ? Dancing in the dark .{#Clap}
slickskater52 wrote:
Is it just me or does everything that Peter Gabriel sings turn into earth-spinning emotion?
I'm with you on that. :sunny:
Is it just me or does everything that Peter Gabriel sings turn into earth-spinning emotion?
We're just aiming for remedial English, sport. :propeller: Ah, nothing like tilting at windmills in the morning... boober wrote:
I'll be more careful next time,I didn't know I was in English Literature 3.
So gratifying!
:bounce: T O P :high-five:
I think this is one of the first songs I ever heard on RP. It's definitely a chair-boppin' tune if ever there were one, and it makes typing vocabulary lists so much easier. Also, I love the underlying beat - it makes for great music on your gym/exercise playlist.
PG has introduced me to so much artistic talent, Thanks for playing this Bill
Love the combination :hug:
Land_Shark wrote:
Good or bad (which is certainly debatable), Peter Gabriel is everywhere.
If Pete and David Byrne ever do a duet LP, Bill will have an org*sm and RP will feature it (the music) wall-to-wall.
philbertr wrote:
Well, yes, in fact, I DO like Abba! Wanna make something of it?
sorry, lobotomies irreversible.
djcoolhandluke wrote:
Not a big fan of ACSS - seen them live and heard their recordings - but I find this entirely appealing.
PG is what makes this song.
meloman wrote:
Yeah, if you like Abba.
Well, yes, in fact, I DO like Abba! Wanna make something of it?
Yup, first 60 second fade-over I've ever heard on radio.