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Peter Gabriel — Digging in the Dirt
Album: Us
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Released: 1992
Length: 4:59
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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


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
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

Digging in the dirt, to find the places we got hurt...
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 expatlar wrote:
Not that bad a song really, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing Peter Gabriel or any other old guy for that matter, sing "I feel it in my toes, I feel it in my sex". Just, no thanks, don't make me think about that. 
 

Bring on the "old guys" 
Old Guys Rock
Such a great song. Roland Orzabal made a good cover.
 expatlar wrote:
Not that bad a song really, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing Peter Gabriel or any other old guy for that matter, sing "I feel it in my toes, I feel it in my sex". Just, no thanks, don't make me think about that. 
 
And don't forget: In 1992 PG has been 42. I don't know, how old you are. But you're member since 2005, that's 15 years ago. I can imagine you haven't been a teenager?...
Somehow you have hit on just the perfect music to accompany me while I am making my holiday cards. Hand painted, but simple. The results of the election will determine the message I put inside the cards.
 bobcanna1 wrote:
I like Peter Gabriel too but seriously- everyday is getting to be a bit much.  how about a little more diversity!
 

You can listen to  the entirety of Gabriel's catalogue and find all the diversity you need. I personally have enjoyed him and welcome any and all tunes BillG and Rebecca will play.
This sounds like a REMIX; slightly different than the original. 
IS IT A  REMIX? 
There is a remix of this song I always unearth around Halloween.  It's spoooooooky

Look for it!
 bviner wrote:
I highly recommend the Genesis album"Selling England by the Pound" - lyrically & musically, nothing like it.

 
I was 19 when that album came out in 1973 and I can just about remember hearing it for the first time. 

Peter Gabriel has remained a firm favourite with me over the years and all the albums he created as part of Genesis or in his solo career are in my imaginary top 100.

 

 Egctheow wrote:
I really like this song and I think I get the lyrics, but his Wikipedia pic with the Mephistophelian pubic goaty has given me the giggles, and now I'm reading/listening to the lyrics like they're said by someone on a porn film set. Shouldn't have done that. I'm laughing now!!
Sorry. 
 
And now that I've read your post I'm doing the same.  You should be sorry, but thanks for putting a new spin on this song.
I highly recommend the Genesis album"Selling England by the Pound" - lyrically & musically, nothing like it.
I really like this song and I think I get the lyrics, but his Wikipedia pic with the Mephistophelian pubic goaty has given me the giggles, and now I'm reading/listening to the lyrics like they're said by someone on a porn film set. Shouldn't have done that. I'm laughing now!!
Sorry. 
 expatlar wrote:
Not that bad a song really, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing Peter Gabriel or any other old guy for that matter, sing "I feel it in my toes, I feel it in my sex". Just, no thanks, don't make me think about that. 
 
My feeling is this as long as I don’t hear anything that has been played to death on here I have no problem with peter or anyone else 
 expatlar wrote:
Not that bad a song really, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing Peter Gabriel or any other old guy for that matter, sing "I feel it in my toes, I feel it in my sex". Just, no thanks, don't make me think about that. 
 
Fun fact: your dad is probably boning your mom right now. 

(Sexual feelings don't stop at 30, another fact you'll learn when you...grow up.)
Not that bad a song really, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing Peter Gabriel or any other old guy for that matter, sing "I feel it in my toes, I feel it in my sex". Just, no thanks, don't make me think about that. 
 2020sk wrote:

I admire your goodness and I strive to be like you, but hearing this song again for the gazillionth time ("this time you've come too far" for the 24 gazillionth time) just pumps up the negative energy in some people (me included), and saying something not nice acts as a pressure release valve. If I were talented, I know I would probably be able to channel that time and energy into something constructive - the thing is, hearing this song on an "ordinary" radio station would go unremarked, but next to so much divine, blissful (choose your own superlative) variety - the kind we are blessed with on Radio Paradise almost continuously - this Peter Gabriel drivel (and not all his stuff is drivel, though in my opinion, this definitely is) seems justifiable only for nostalgic reasons, but when nostalgia-land is visited over and over, it loses its appeal.
Still, then comes Cream and Nirvana and all is forgiven - different rides in the nostalgia-land funpark provoke different reactions - thrills or nausea!
 

oh, poop
I've always disliked Gabriel post-Genesis.  Unmelodic crap for themost part.
 9 - Outstanding  to me 

 MORE Peter Gabriel please
I normally rate PG tunes lower than average, yet I find I like (still?) this tune, something cool about how that bass tone comes through my speakers really gets my attention.  I don't mind admitting to rating it a 9.  Long Live RP!!
 baccerelli@googlemail.com wrote:
"If you can't say anything nice, then say nothing"

Why waste so much time and energy being negative?
 
"If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me." — Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Peter Gabriel
Digging in the Dirt

is 9 - Outstanding  to me


 westslope wrote:
Strikes me as cool theatrics. 
 
I think I've seen every tour of his but one since the 4th album, including his shows with Amnesty International which were wonderful little microcosms.

I held him up as he walked into the crowd on armrests (on MY armrest!) singing "lay your hands on me"
Swinging from an overhead bar singing "SHOCK the monkey!" then
Standing rock solid during early performances of Biko, out of respect for the topic.
Saw the lights attack him on stage during No Self Control "lights go down, stars come out, like a swarm of bees..."
The male/female stages, then the vertical stage - where he rode the Solsbury Hill bike in circles attached to the ceiling of the structure so he was upside down the whole time. The giant inflatable hamster ball. The huge video of Barry Williams' show.
and, lastly, the simple normal circling the stage while the rest of the band carried the tired old song.

It was a great time while it lasted.
 CowboyJJ wrote:
Great song!  Album cover not so much, kinda leaves me scratching my head every time I see it {#Stupid} 

 
I think its a spinning dancer (female) but using slower film. Gives her a semi-cocooned look.
Great song!  Album cover not so much, kinda leaves me scratching my head every time I see it {#Stupid} 

 

9 Outstanding  for me :)


 bobcanna1 wrote:
I like Peter Gabriel too but seriously- everyday is getting to be a bit much.  how about a little more diversity!

 
I never got the guy, Genesis, Collins and Gabriel just don't do it for me

(add on edit) now 4 hours later there's another Gabriel thing playing
I like Peter Gabriel too but seriously- everyday is getting to be a bit much.  how about a little more diversity!

 

Thank you Peter Gabriel  for
Digging in the Dirt

9  OUTSTANDING    :-))


 baccerelli@googlemail.com wrote:
"If you can't say anything nice, then say nothing"

Why waste so much time and energy being negative?

 

 
I admire your goodness and I strive to be like you, but hearing this song again for the gazillionth time ("this time you've come too far" for the 24 gazillionth time) just pumps up the negative energy in some people (me included), and saying something not nice acts as a pressure release valve. If I were talented, I know I would probably be able to channel that time and energy into something constructive - the thing is, hearing this song on an "ordinary" radio station would go unremarked, but next to so much divine, blissful (choose your own superlative) variety - the kind we are blessed with on Radio Paradise almost continuously - this Peter Gabriel drivel (and not all his stuff is drivel, though in my opinion, this definitely is) seems justifiable only for nostalgic reasons, but when nostalgia-land is visited over and over, it loses its appeal.
Still, then comes Cream and Nirvana and all is forgiven - different rides in the nostalgia-land funpark provoke different reactions - thrills or nausea!
Good ol' stuff! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Gave this tune a promotion today ... from a 1 to a 2 ... for the following reason only:
My 90-year-old father and my 86-year-old mother spent an hour today digging in the dirt behind their house, planting two blue hydrangea plants.
So "digging in the dirt" is meaningful to me today.
But ordinarily, this is a sub-1 tune. 
~
And yes, I would have been there to help, but I live too far away and they had too much fun.
 
 Steely_D wrote:
......

Turning point: watching him perform Solsbury Hill while riding a bike around the circular stage over and over. It sent the message of "I am so bored with this song, but I have to perform it." Then I realized that I was bored with him, too. 

 
Strikes me as cool theatrics.  

Do enjoy PG, but don't buy his CDs though I own a couple of early Genesis albums.   
"If you can't say anything nice, then say nothing"

Why waste so much time and energy being negative?

 
 Steely_D wrote:

You don't have a clue about me, and you still decided to post this, for whatever reason.

This is simply insulting Internet troll nonsense.  

 
I thought your original comment was insightful, there's no need to respond to "putter downers".
 h8rhater wrote:

If stage antics, props, and theater are your are your reasons for turning against PG, you were never a fan.

 
You don't have a clue about me, and you still decided to post this, for whatever reason.

This is simply insulting Internet troll nonsense.  
One of the Greatest Song of PG !
also the surrealistic Video ... 10P
 Lemonhead wrote:
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Lemonhead - you do not like this I assume?!
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Played only 3 times in the last 30 days. I must have heard an echo, because it feels like 30.
Each time he says "This time you've gone too far!" it hits me like a slap in the face.
groove master  - love him!
 Steely_D wrote:
I was such a PG fan for the first albums, up to So. But then he got leaden, dour, and unappealing.
I totally get that this song is supposed to be oppressive, but I don't get why I need to hear it more than a few times. Its point was already made.

He seemed to go through a period of introspection and it changed his music considerably. Now, for the last decade, I don't consider his material nearly so important or groundbreaking.

Turning point: watching him perform Solsbury Hill while riding a bike around the circular stage over and over. It sent the message of "I am so bored with this song, but I have to perform it." Then I realized that I was bored with him, too. 

 
If stage antics, props, and theater are your are your reasons for turning against PG, you were never a fan.
Enough is enough!
I was such a PG fan for the first albums, up to So. But then he got leaden, dour, and unappealing.
I totally get that this song is supposed to be oppressive, but I don't get why I need to hear it more than a few times. Its point was already made.

He seemed to go through a period of introspection and it changed his music considerably. Now, for the last decade, I don't consider his material nearly so important or groundbreaking.

Turning point: watching him perform Solsbury Hill while riding a bike around the circular stage over and over. It sent the message of "I am so bored with this song, but I have to perform it." Then I realized that I was bored with him, too. 
Another musical genius of our time!
It's inside of us all....better to "dig" it out and deal with it then let it fester, and eat its way out.

{#Group-hug}      9
 
 joelbb wrote:
Love PG, but this one has more than a whiff of misogyny.
 
The singer definitely hates someone in this song. But it is not a woman. It's himself.
 k-man wrote:

I also love David Rhodes guitar work on these PG songs—he plays a real part in the song, not just root chords or melodies like a lot of rock guitar parts—his rhythm provides a real texture. You won't even notice it unless you look for it.

 
Thanks for pointing that out — I listened for it, and concur.


 aaronm wrote:
This is a good song, and I definitely like it, but I'll admit that it's making a bit too heavy an appearance in the rotation right now for my tastes.

 
sorry. Not possible.
This is a good song, and I definitely like it, but I'll admit that it's making a bit too heavy an appearance in the rotation right now for my tastes.
 easmann wrote:
Peter Gabriel has a gift for expressing that collision of animal, spiritual, and metaphysical worlds that inhabit us. Whatever our outward appearances may indicate, our interior lives are at times conflicted, dark, messy, and boiling with emotions that threaten to overwhelm. He gets that.

 
Well said. Now that I'm older and have gone through some struggles of my own in life I think I understand this song better.

Very nice!!  

I truly feel sorry for all those people that really can’t enjoy music and spend time bashing and hating instead of enjoying… 


The girl in the car on the video used to be in 'Allo 'Allo.
https://goo.gl/yiyJuzhttps://st-url.eu/franhttps://goo.gl/mGaW5L


Francesca Gonshaw    yes please.
nice!
 richlister wrote:
Here it is! Your hourly Gabriel.

/searches for PSD button, finds button, plays Adele, ahhhhh better less annoying.

 
Shut your mouth!!  You know who you are!!!
 richlister wrote:
Here it is! Your hourly Gabriel.

/searches for PSD button, finds button, plays Adele, ahhhhh better less annoying.

 

 richlister  ...  This time you've gone too far!!
Here it is! Your hourly Gabriel.

/searches for PSD button, finds button, plays Adele, ahhhhh better less annoying.
 jnrburgers wrote:
I wouldn't call this song 'scary', It is intense as you say but, in soul searching way.
 
Good analysis. I find it scary because his psycho-analysis unearths sentiments that are quite bleak and scary. An extremely well-done song. I was lucky enough to see it included in his concert last October. The live version is grittier and less held-back. It rolled over the audience like a wall of fear.
Congrats to his induction into the Hall of Fame. Well deserved.
Rock n Roll HOF!
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Nice segue: Sun Dirt Water -> Diggin in the Dirt

stevendejong You should watch the music video
So many of his songs--Like this very fine song--seem to hint at an "unpleasant youth".
St. Peter...
 stevendejong wrote:

Definitely one of the most intensely scared songs I know. And scary, too.

 
I wouldn't call this song 'scary', It is intense as you say but, in soul searching way. Digging out the dirt from inside himself ('Find the places we got hurt').  Counselling sessions. 

When he sings:
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. 

I believe his mind is reflecting on his own soul searching journey. He is headed down a road of inner discovery and must not turn back.

This is my take on it anyway.
 ScottN wrote:
Peter Gabriel had, imo, some very dark places within himself and he frequently visited them in his songs.
 
Definitely one of the most intensely scared songs I know. And scary, too.
 ziakut wrote:
The bass hook with the drums make this song groove.

 
I also love David Rhodes guitar work on these PG songs--he plays a real part in the song, not just root chords or melodies like a lot of rock guitar parts--his rhythm provides a real texture. You won't even notice it unless you look for it.
Loving the comments about this song.

Much of Peter Gabriel's music is on a totally different mental level to most pop/rock. You either get him or you don't,.

I remember listening to his third solo album when I was 15. I was forced to listen to it by my mate's older brother. The first few times I listened I thought it was just OK, I didn't see what the fuss was about and then one listen it clicked.... 33 years later I am still listening to that album and enjoying it as much as I ever have.

The songs on it are dark and unsettling and beautifully crafted. Intruder especially is one of the best things Gabriel has ever done!

I have been lucky enugh to see the man 11 times since then and will be making it 12 in October in Manchester, England!
 TerryS wrote:
Saw him perform this while inside  a large vinyl ball rolling it around the stage. His daughter,, not Tony, was on bass that time. Superb.

 
TONY was in Oz, I bet!
DIG THAT NSA-DIRT, Peter!
Saw him perform this while inside  a large vinyl ball rolling it around the stage. His daughter,, not Tony, was on bass that time. Superb.
 unclehud wrote:
"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."

Still chilling, even after so many years.
 
On the other hand, I'm pretty sure that's what I told both my sons as I taught them to drive.
The bass hook with the drums make this song groove. I like the edginess of the lyrics. I appreciate this song far more these days than I used to.
 unclehud wrote:
"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."

Still chilling, even after so many years.

 
chilling is right...you sure said it
"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."

Still chilling, even after so many years.
Like it!{#Dancingbanana}
Just echoing former member (aka Laz', aka Romeo) and keeping her at the top, where she belongs. 

 
Cynaera wrote:

Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.

 


My wife won't read this, she's too busy making me a sandwich.

 
boober wrote:
That's how I talk to my wife...."shut your mouth,keep your hands on the wheel"
(God I hope she doesn't read this){#Stop} 
 


 Cynaera wrote:

Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
One of my favorite PG songs. awesome and edgy.
I'm sure in an interview one time that PG suggested that this song was about counselling sessions whilst his marriage was breaking up. This whole album was about his feelings about his relationship and therefore, his first 'love song' album.
kindred spirits...
Melodic, yet threatening? Threatening, yet melodic? Peter can send your eyebrows towards your hairline...
That's how I talk to my wife...."shut your mouth,keep your hands on the wheel"
(God I hope she doesn't read this){#Stop} 
A great song from a fabulous album and the video was totally amazing and unlike any others at the time.
Love PG, but this one has more than a whiff of misogyny.
 sirdroseph wrote:
I have never heard this one before.{#Rolleyes}
 
Really?  That's odd.  It gets played about a million times a week here. 

Of course I think you and I learned math at the same school, so I have trouble with arithmetic.  I have this issue with adding extra digits to numbers, so like the number 3 becomes 300.   50 becomes 50,000,000.  It's a problem for us I guess. 
yeah indeed.. shut your mouth please 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Put your hands where we can see them, and back away from the keyboard . . . slowly . . .
 

{#Lol}
 theralph wrote:
Waifs Sundirt to Gabriel digging in the dirt. I submit a better segue you will not find.
I agree. But notice that Peter is singing about a different kind of "dirt" than the Waifs. {#Music}


 stunix wrote:
the video included the sexy petit woman from "allo allo" with the spech impediment.

.... Francesca Gonshaw 
 
what kind of speech impediment?
Waifs Sundirt to Gabriel digging in the dirt. I submit a better segue you will not find.
 t00lur wrote:
yet another PG song to rate it a solid 1

 
If this is a "solid 1", then what do you have left for the Rihannas of this world, and what for and all those other countless overusers of Antares Autotune? Just sayin', although I get why people give songs low marks here on RP, it seems a bit of an over-reaction to rate a song a "solid 1".
the video included the sexy petit woman from "allo allo" with the spech impediment.

.... Francesca Gonshaw 
 t00lur wrote:
yet another PG song to rate it a solid 1

 
PG Considered as a master of music and I simply can't stand it, either
Peter Gabriel had, imo, some very dark places within himself and he frequently visited them in his songs.
You all have been watching too much Dexter.

The song is much more likely about a bad break up describing that horrible moment trapped in the car having to get one's hands dirty "digging in the dirt to find the places where we got hurt"...or something like that.  It's about a 'we', not some solipsistic killer.  Psychopaths don't care how others feel.

Maybe not as dramatic as some crazy killer guy, but much more relevant and much more in line with the lyrics.

Cheers. 
Wasn't this in a Miami Vice episode?  I always thought it was a carjacking, sure, but I figured it was just your everyday, run-of-the-mill Miami drug culture kidnapping.  "This is for real ..." to assure the driver that his visions of immortality will soon stop. 

Don't remember the music video, but I do remember a magazine article where he said this tune was written to reconnect with his daughter.  Wikipedia says this, but what do they know? 

The video is largely an exploration of the issues in his personal life at the time - the end of his relationship with Rosanna Arquette, his desire to reconnect with his daughter and even the self healing he was looking for in therapy.

I have never heard this one before.{#Rolleyes}
Peter Gabriel is like a miracle drug for angry young men like me. :P
another great transition Bill!
 Cynaera wrote:
Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.
 
If every band\artist has to have s stalker song, I think this fits the bill well.  Even if it isn't quite the extreme as has been suggested (which sounds logical considering the lyrical content), it's still something that would get someone arrested and locked up for many years.

yet another PG song to rate it a solid 1

 Art_Carnage wrote:
What it's about is obvious. He's abducted a woman, She's in the front seat, he's in the back, most likely with a gun or knife, and most likely it's her car. It's the first time he's done this, but he's fantasized about it many times. When he say's "This is for real", he's talking to himself, not her. When he says "I know what you are", instead of "I know who your are", he's objectifying her. He's directing her into a secluded area where he's going to rape her, kill her, and then bury her body. That's why he's "Digging in the Dirt". Duh. Class over.
 
Put your hands where we can see them, and back away from the keyboard . . . slowly . . .
I never heard this one before.
why so much Peter Gabriel...?  that's like why SO MUCH OXYGEN?  {#Beat}

Who wants to hear the words of the typical douchebag immortalized by Peter Gabriel?


why so much Peter Gabriel ??
 Cynaera wrote:

Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.

 
It just sounds to me like my wife talking about my driving...   :)

 Cynaera wrote:

Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.
 
I believe it was written during a painful divorce.
 GT66 wrote:

You're way out but thanks for playing.

 
Actually, I agree with Art_Carnage, after having listened very carefully to the words.  Not sure about the killing/buryingthebody part, but I think the rest of it is pretty darned accurate.  I think "digging in the dirt" is metaphorical, not literal - perhaps carrying out a grisly, violent act in order to come to grips with abuse as a child, or something.

Whatever it's about, it's a scary and unsettling song, but I love it anyway.

Please, no more of this one or "shaking the tree". They seem to be played every 6 hours.

Other Gabriel? No problem.

'Selling England By The Pound'  His most bestest. 
can't go on like this too long....
Gabriel always puts me in mind of visual artsts such as Bill Viola, Giuseppe Penone, Tapies... . Rich stuff.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
What it's about is obvious. He's abducted a woman, She's in the front seat, he's in the back, most likely with a gun or knife, and most likely it's her car. It's the first time he's done this, but he's fantasized about it many times. When he say's "This is for real", he's talking to himself, not her. When he says "I know what you are", instead of "I know who your are", he's objectifying her. He's directing her into a secluded area where he's going to rape her, kill her, and then bury her body. That's why he's "Digging in the Dirt". Duh. Class over.
 
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What it's about is obvious. He's abducted a woman, She's in the front seat, he's in the back, most likely with a gun or knife, and most likely it's her car. It's the first time he's done this, but he's fantasized about it many times. When he say's "This is for real", he's talking to himself, not her. When he says "I know what you are", instead of "I know who your are", he's objectifying her. He's directing her into a secluded area where he's going to rape her, kill her, and then bury her body. That's why he's "Digging in the Dirt". Duh. Class over.
I like Peter Gabriel, I like this song....but C'mon!!!! Way too much PG played here. I'd be glad to vote him off for a few months! Where's the gong!!!! Grrrrr!
 gdignard wrote:

I'm not so sure. The car and its driver are almost certainly metaphors since they are used to convey some sort of abduction.

"Don't talk back. Just drive the car"

The person talking is not driving the car but is in a position of unquestioned authority and can give direct orders.

"Shut your mouth. I know what you are"

Strange. "What" you are; not "who".

"Don't say nothing. Keep your hands on the wheel"

Again, more of the same kind of thing as the first line.

"Don't turn around. This is for real"

So not only is the speaker not driving, they're not even in the front seat. Plus, an admonition about the fact that the speaker is serious about his/her intent.

So to me it sounds like an abduction, but the 2nd line makes me think it's a special kind of abduction. If it weren't for the "This is for real", my temptation would be to think that it's a child's imagined (though not voiced) commands to his/her parent, delivered in the same kind of unquestioned authority they're used to receiving. The "what you are" (note not "who you are") are what leads me there. The "what" is "my father" or "my mother", which can be a "what" not a "who".

So colour me uncertain, which is possibly the ultimate intent.

/DimeStorePsychoanalysis mode off
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