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Peter Gabriel — Love To Be Loved
Album: Us
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Total ratings: 1974









Released: 1992
Length: 5:07
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(Ahhhhhh, ahhh)

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 in 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
'Cos I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes I love to be loved

I cry the way the 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 wanna be wanted
'Cos I love to be loved,
I love to be loved
I love to be loved,
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 any more
Let it pass let it go let it leave
From the deepest place I grieve
This time I believe

And I let go,
And I let go
I can't 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't 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

'Cos I love to be loved
Yes I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes I love to be loved
I love to be loved
Yes I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved
I love to be loved

Yes I love to be loved
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 xkolibuul wrote:

I do believe RP is the world's greatest argument for benevolent dictatorship.  But for the record, the democracy of thumbs up/down is not supporting your position either...



Peter Gabriel on a bad day is better than most at their best.
A Prog master...
A rock master...
A pop master...
A modern music master.
 fatcatjb wrote:

I agree with comments below...less Peter Gabriel would be welcome. I loved Genesis in the day and really admire PG but it is beginning to all sound the same...I especially like Tiggers comment about "monotonic"...great phrase...and I want PG to be nothing less that brilliant to me. And k-man! Love the black and white rainbow idea



I would like less U2, but I don't want anyone to take any notice of my opinion.
 tiggers wrote:
Dragonfly_Launch wrote: That's because if music is recorded properly you don't need a 'subwoofer' - dreadful things


You do if you have small speakers!
 rob17 wrote:

There can never be too much Peter Gabriel

I quite agree with that statement 

There can never be too much Peter Gabriel
 SmackDaddy wrote:

I wish there was a way to create individual "do not play lists" that would automatically activate the PSD. PG would be the first added to mine.


I heartily agree with the auto-skip idea (though I happen to like PG).  This would have two nice effects - listeners wouldn´t be bothered by music that they dislike enough to rate low, and there would be so much less whining/whinging about songs, since (only) the affected listeners wouldn´t hear them.  How about it Bill?  Should be an easy task...
Just want to say... If RP was down to me, it would be the poorer because of it!! There is such a VAST mix of music here and I'm not sure I'm 'open' enough to let all of it happen!!!

Just let Bill and Rebecca spin the discs (or file-stream the Flacs) and enjoy!

I've got so much new (to me) music off RP that it is AWESOME!!! Much of the material comes from the listeners anyway - so it's kind-of democratic...
I think we all could use more therapy in this world…
not my favorite Gabriel album...too much like reading someone's therapy notes...
 ziakut wrote:

If there was a Pixar film about various adult toys with personas and dialog with each other when not in use in someone's bedside table drawer...this could be the song when a dildo reminisces about late night weekends. The movie could be called..."Buzzzzz". I'm a sordid, sick individual...I apologize in advance! Sorry.

We're all Bozos on this bus...
c.

ps - that would be a pretty funny movie!


 ziakut wrote:

If there was a Pixar film about various adult toys with personas and dialog with each other when not in use in someone's bedside table drawer...this could be the song when a dildo reminisces about late night weekends. The movie could be called..."Buzzzzz". I'm a sordid, sick individual...I apologize in advance! Sorry.


This is a great comment. something I probably would have come up with(of the sort) had I not been in the process of an unwanted divorce when this came out...
Thanks for the visual humor and laughs...

 xkolibuul wrote:

I do believe RP is the world's greatest argument for benevolent dictatorship.  But for the record, the democracy of thumbs up/down is not supporting your position either...


RP is the epitome of One Man, One Vote. 
Bill is the one man. He casts the one vote. 

(I actually do not know how much Bill and Rebecca share the programming duties, but I assume they have worked out an equitable division of responsibilities, and it is overall none of my business). 
If there was a Pixar film about various adult toys with personas and dialog with each other when not in use in someone's bedside table drawer...this could be the song when a dildo reminisces about late night weekends. The movie could be called..."Buzzzzz". I'm a sordid, sick individual...I apologize in advance! Sorry.
This song feels like a warm, musical bear hug.  So good.
 SmackDaddy wrote:

I wish there was a way to create individual "do not play lists" that would automatically activate the PSD. PG would be the first added to mine.
 


Mine would include U2, Tracey Chapman, Norah Jones, Death Cab For Cutie, Dire Straits and Depeche Mode.  Oh, and Patti Smith.

Once those lyrics get in your head, they stay. 

"And in this in 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
'Cos I love to be loved"
 SmackDaddy wrote:

I wish there was a way to create individual "do not play lists" that would automatically activate the PSD. PG would be the first added to mine.
 
I happen to really like PG (although IMO this isn't one of his strongest songs), but I would love to see that feature as well. So tired of U2 and Tori. But <shrug> RP is what it is. PSD FTW.
I feel it Pete... call Oz, find me now!!!!
 dstehle wrote:
I understand that RP is not a democracy and that is all for the better. But if I could vote I would cast my ballot for less Peter Gabriel.
 
I wish there was a way to create individual "do not play lists" that would automatically activate the PSD. PG would be the first added to mine.
 dstehle wrote:
I understand that RP is not a democracy and that is all for the better. But if I could vote I would cast my ballot for less Peter Gabriel.
 
I do believe RP is the world's greatest argument for benevolent dictatorship.  But for the record, the democracy of thumbs up/down is not supporting your position either...
While PG's "SO" album seems to be most widely embraced, this "US" album is my all time favorite. If you can find the time, listen to the WHOLE album end to end. It's quite a story diving deep into psychology, emotion, growing and evolving. It's Gabriel's most profound and personal album. 
Peter Gabriel is one of those computer nerds that for some reason he finds himself sexy and irresistible. :)
Please more PG. Genesis was nothing after him. Its a 9 :)
This whole album should be uploaded.
I agree with comments below...less Peter Gabriel would be welcome. I loved Genesis in the day and really admire PG but it is beginning to all sound the same...I especially like Tiggers comment about "monotonic"...great phrase...and I want PG to be nothing less that brilliant to me. And k-man! Love the black and white rainbow idea
This song and album made such a significant impression on me back in the early 1990s.  And I still love it. 
I understand that RP is not a democracy and that is all for the better. But if I could vote I would cast my ballot for less Peter Gabriel.
 andycollingridge wrote:
Personally, this resonates with me so deeply and always has. Remains a fantastic track from a fabulous album. 

 
Agree totally
11 Punkte für de Peda
Personally, this resonates with me so deeply and always has. Remains a fantastic track from a fabulous album. 
Tapped in deep for this one.  Excellent song.
Anyone who finds Peter Gabriel monotonic is deaf and a bit dim to boot!

 

Would be nice to hear an acoustic version of this song.

 

80's-90's arrangement interferes with appreciation of who song...


 Sasha2001 wrote:
Zealously monotone. 


Honestly, I think you need to look up monotone in the dictionary. I hear many different tones, and octaves too.

But what can ya say, if you don't like it ya don't like it. But try not to call a rainbow black and white.
 S-curvy wrote:
This album came shortly after he and Rosanna Arquette parted ways and apparently played something of a cathartic role for him.  Turns out the album really helped me thru my own rather unpleasant breakup at that time.  All better now!

 
It is funny, interesting, amazing, to hear all these stories about how we go through difficult times with some music... I guess that is one of the magic things about music. I do have also music that, at some stage, help me through difficult times, and it is different for different ocassions. ... there is some kind of music for everybody that really connects with the soul and, somehow, makes you feel better (or at least not so bad),.. is it the same for everybody?


PG is in the top 5 of greatest artists in my book. Outstanding person too, with WOMAD and such
Outstanding song - so well crafted.
 ziakut wrote:
Can someone tell me if this is Tony Levin on bass? Genius bass part.
 
Yep, without a doubt! 
Can someone tell me if this is Tony Levin on bass? Genius bass part.
more please...can't get enough of Pete! Don't listen to them Bill{#Bananapiano}
 gregler wrote:
Way way too much Peter Gabriel on RP lately. He's one of the very few artists of whom my opinion actually worsened after i've started listenning to RP.
 
{#Yes}

Beautifully plodding.

Passionately droning.

Zealously monotone.
I understand Pete, but I think you need to set this one free. Please make it end.
Too much Peter Gabriel. I mean seriously.
My wife turned me on to this gem. It helped her through her parents divorce when she was 15. What an album!
 horstman wrote:
The last great PG album.

Oh well, he sure influenced and entertained us for decades!

Thank you Peter. Your music will always be in my heart.
 
Didn't "Passion" come after this one?  It is rather outstanding and hugely influential.

This album came shortly after he and Rosanna Arquette parted ways and apparently played something of a cathartic role for him.  Turns out the album really helped me thru my own rather unpleasant breakup at that time.  All better now!
 slippery wrote:
This bassline is a (-)bomb!
 
I always crank this one to 11

Musically he really does write some good stuff, he really ought to go ahead and hire someone to sing his songs for him though, it is not like he can't afford it now.


This bassline is a (-)bomb!
Peter Gabriel is one of my all time favorites, but this song (and the album) is way below his normal standards - 7

Slut.
 bluedot wrote:
Totally disagree.

gregler wrote:
Way way too much Peter Gabriel on RP lately. He's one of the very few artists of whom my opinion actually worsened after i've started listenning to RP.
 

 
Totally agree!


I hope he means that he sends love out into the world so love will come back to him and not that he enjoys being loved.
 gregler wrote:
Way way too much Peter Gabriel on RP lately. He's one of the very few artists of whom my opinion actually worsened after i've started listening to RP.
 
Totally disagree.

 gregler wrote:
Way way too much Peter Gabriel on RP lately. He's one of the very few artists of whom my opinion actually worsened after i've started listenning to RP.
 
Totally agree

Way way too much Peter Gabriel on RP lately. He's one of the very few artists of whom my opinion actually worsened after i've started listenning to RP.
Insipid.
 vit wrote:
Back during the times of Rhythm of the Heat, San Jacinto, PG would write cool songs in the first person, yeah, but they were really about other people. This? It's a rehash of a therapy session.
 
I like his earlier work too, but sometimes we need a little therapy. 
this is awful
The last great PG album.

Oh well, he sure influenced and entertained us for decades!

Thank you Peter. Your music will always be in my heart.
 mandolin wrote:
...every once in a while, radio paradise plays just the right song at just the right time - thanks, bill and rebecca, for all the times you've made life worth living...
 

{#Eek}  whoa...
PURE-PURE CLASS!!!!!
 Excelsior wrote:
So, I'm a little unclear.  Does he love to be loved?
 

Has anybody else missed this individual's pearls of wisdom recently? {#Ask}
the , "and I let go" chorus gives me huge chills and goosebumps...
...every once in a while, radio paradise plays just the right song at just the right time - thanks, bill and rebecca, for all the times you've made life worth living...
I love to be loved.

Awesome PG!
Back during the times of Rhythm of the Heat, San Jacinto, PG would write cool songs in the first person, yeah, but they were really about other people. This? It's a rehash of a therapy session.
{#Kiss}The loves to love the loves to love the loves to love...{#Heartkiss}

 orpheus wrote:


"Us" (the CD from which this song is on) came out in 2000 yo.
{#Eh}


black321 wrote:


No '92 seems right. And no, its not a particularly good song.

 
Nope, black321 has it right.  "Us" was released in 1992.  "OVO" came out in 2000.

That said, this isn't the '92 version.  Allmusic.com says the track appeared twice more: in '94 as a B-side to Lovetown and in '97 on a Huckleberry House 30th Anniversary disc.  I don't know which one wins the prize, but I'd bet this version is one of those.

 . . . chase this with Deep Forest - sounds similar




"Us" (the CD from which this song is on) came out in 2000 yo.
{#Eh}


black321 wrote:


No '92 seems right. And no, its not a particularly good song.



This is NOT the album version of this song.  Anyone know where it's from?  I think I like the original better, but it may just be what I'm used to after hearing it hundreds of times.  This album, along with the "Telephone" live double disc, was road trip music for years.
 orpheus wrote:
this isn't from '92, it's from 2000!{#Yell}
 

No '92 seems right.  And no, its not a particularly good song. 
{#No}
The only reason this insipid song is getting airplay is because Peter Gabriel's name is attached to it.  If anyone else had written/performed this song, it would never get a second glance.
this isn't from '92, it's from 2000!{#Yell}
 Excelsior wrote:
So, I'm a little unclear.  Does he love to be loved?

 
LOL, good one! :-D
 siandbeth wrote:

"It's nice to be nice to the nice" - Frank Burns, M*A*S*H

 
"It's NICE to be NICE to the NICE?!" Margaret Houlihan's incredulous response to above Frank Burns comment.

On the other hand, I hate to be hated. 
So, I'm a little unclear.  Does he love to be loved?
Words, they climb all over you



Every single day. Yeah, baby. Go Peter.
Everything that I've heard off of this disc sounds the same to me. Now, before rolling your eyes and chastising me for failing to recognize genius, be aware that I have a long history listening to Peter. From Foxtrot through the Lamb to So, I've loved listening to Peter (and the rest of Genesis, yes). Everything that I've heard from him in the last, wow, twenty years just sounds to me like more Birdy.
8=>9
rocco1207 wrote:
wow, Peter loves to be loved. So revealing. I guess he's really just like the rest of us after all.
Just much more richer--in terms of currency--which doesn't really make one happier, but it helps one sleep at night.
E_A_D_G wrote:
Enough with the Peter Gabriel already. One trick pony. Time for the pasture or glue factory.
you couldn't be more wrong
what a talent he is
GPLDAN wrote:
This song's lyrics meant a lot to me today.
I felt your pain about a year and a half ago, I feel for you man... I hope it all feels better soon. Unfortunately time is the only thing that heals.
tiggers wrote:
That's because if music is recorded properly you don't need a 'subwoofer' - dreadful things
Well, I disagree. The problem is most people don't actually HAVE subwoofers. They have woofers masquerading as subwoofers. Subwoofers act below the range of a traditional woofer... below, say, 50hz or so. They provide the frequencies that are otherwise not heard. Here's an example of a true subwoofer: (click here) What people call 'subwoofers" in satellite/subwoofer speakers are just plain woofers. PLUS... people say they want "boom" when it comes to audio, and "boom" sounds like crap. Those silly car speakers you hear with the license plate rattling all over the place are "bandpass" woofers, which produce ONE NOTE bass... they are loud, but they are tuned to a specific frequency. Listen close, you'll hear lots of bass but only at a single narrow range of frequencies. If the bass always has the same "note" it's bandpass. It sounds like crap to anyone with good ears. The same thing with the little Bose "subwoofers." So anyway, subwoofers aren't evil. People who misuse subwoofers are! :)
ploba wrote:
awesome song....
The sound quality is poor on this song. We need a remastered edition.
I loathe to be loved. It's a burdensome burden that brings hurtin'
Wonderful!
PG
Thank you Peter for pulling us out of the ditch.
Dragonfly_Launch wrote:
Damn, had to turn the subwoofer down.
That's because if music is recorded properly you don't need a 'subwoofer' - dreadful things
siandbeth wrote:
"It's nice to be nice to the nice" - Frank Burns, M*A*S*H
"It's nice when nice things happen to nice people" - Zero Mostel, The Front.
siandbeth wrote:
"It's nice to be nice to the nice" - Frank Burns, M*A*S*H
Perfect quote. And coming from my hometown too, nice....
Damn, had to turn the subwoofer down. And to the naysayers on this song I say, "your mama." Seems to suffice for now.
diazo wrote:
The man's done a lot of brilliant work, but this is Peter Gabriel on autopilot. At least it's not another "Sledgehammer" rehash.
I concur, and it has that shooka shooka shooka drum beat thing that really sounds canned
The man's done a lot of brilliant work, but this is Peter Gabriel on autopilot. At least it's not another "Sledgehammer" rehash.
wow, Peter loves to be loved. So revealing. I guess he's really just like the rest of us after all.
more more more. what a great album.
We love you, Peter!
Amazing...
canadianbug wrote:
i *love* 'love to be loved'. and i love to be loved. sooooothing.....
"It's nice to be nice to the nice" - Frank Burns, M*A*S*H
What's the Imogen Heap line? It isn't music unless it can make a total stranger break down and cry? ~palms flat against the monitor~
oh gosh I can *so* identify with this song today!
meower215 wrote:
So, ...
gabriel has always been a writer who doesn't fear exposing himself, but in this song he's more vulnerable that i've ever heard..
awesome song....
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 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 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 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
Wow, a PG song I kind of like. That's very rare for me. But I'm getting better.
PG is in my personal top 5. Easy. Probably top 2 if I were to think about it a little more. One of the great successes in my musical life is to introduce my wife to PG and have her love the music as much as I do.
E_A_D_G wrote:
Enough with the Peter Gabriel already. One trick pony.
Well, it's a pretty damn good trick if you ask me.
E_A_D_G wrote:
Enough with the Peter Gabriel already. One trick pony. Time for the pasture or glue factory.
One trick pony?? You need to get out more.
Enough with the Peter Gabriel already. One trick pony. Time for the pasture or glue factory.
im50something wrote:
If he did unite with Genesis, Phil Collins would have to do most of the vocals.
C'mon guys, enough already with the references to the Genesis break up. That was more than 30 years ago!! Both Genesis and Gabriel have had phenomenal success since then. Genesis with Gabriel was great, but a few things have happened in the mean time. Like this song, which is beautiful.