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Peter Gabriel — Come Talk To Me
Album: Us
Avg rating:
7.6

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Total ratings: 1872









Released: 1992
Length: 6:30
Plays (last 30 days): 2
The wretched desert takes its form
The jackal proud and tight
In search of you I feel my way
Through the slowest heaving night

Whatever fear invents
I swear it make no sense
I reach out 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
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 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
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 me

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
Till 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

I said 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 me
Comments (212)add comment
 KaiT wrote:

Except on the Live Secret World Tour. That was Paula Cole who was also phenomenal on vocals. 
 

Agree. And the stage act of this song is superb there, with Peter tugging the phone cable from the booth, until the returning force put him back. Life's Harmonic Oscillator. 
It takes the genius of Peter Gabriel to NOT make bagpipes sound like squeezing a bag of cats.  Kudos!
 suebee3 wrote:
from 09/16/08 - hmmmm

 
dgavenda wrote:
12:26 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
12:21 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.3
12:18 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
12:12 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live) Mirrorball - The Complete Concert 7.4
11:55 am Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
11:52 am Gary Jules Mad World 7.8

Nice set Bill.

 


 Wow....that was a while ago now.  But if he plays that set every other wk, I'd have no complaints.  

 KaiT wrote:

Except on the Live Secret World Tour. That was Paula Cole who was also phenomenal on vocals. 
 
 


Sinéad was with PG on their WOMAD-USA tour in 1993.  I was at the Milwaukee, WI show - it still may be the single best music day of my life. So much great music.

I saw PG again in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee SO (2010?) and his daughter was the other half of the duet on that night.  More beautiful music.

 jahgirl8 wrote:

thanks for letting us know!
 

LOL
This verson is so superior to the live version with Paula Cole trying to flex beyond her range. Sinead's voice is so beautiful and is a complement - always love to hear her backing others, as well as her own music. Peter Gabriel is generally interesting, if not sharing his latest self-analysis.
 Tomasni wrote:
Decreasing my rating from 8 to 7
 
thanks for letting us know!
 RabbitEars wrote:
very interesting thread on this song...
 
agree! I just doubled your points... 1 to 2 lol
9-10, this is just a phenomenal song on a great album. I love the texture of his music, so much going on but it all fits.
Great artist, dreary song. Lighten up Peter. 5/10
I have the opposite problem, my dear kids are utter chatterboxes. If I wrote this song, It would go Please don’t talk to me. Dad needs a break:)
very interesting thread on this song...
I just can't with Peter Gabriel or U2 right now. They stole so many damn bagpipes from Big Country and The Alarm there should have been a criminal investigation. 
Decreasing my rating from 8 to 7
My rating is 8  but this is not Peter Gabriels better tunes
 JasondotG wrote:
That's Sinéad O'Connor on backing vocals. She also sang on track 3, Blood of Eden. 

 
Except on the Live Secret World Tour. That was Paula Cole who was also phenomenal on vocals. 
 
 westslope wrote:
Talked to a buddy the other day who has gone through a very painful divorce.  With young children involved.  

Tough, very tough. 

 
I agree with the others; worst thing I've ever been through.  Would not wish it on my worst enemies.  And my kids were adults.  They and I have an extra-special relationship, perhaps in part because of it.  Help your friend find a little peace to start his journey back.
 TerryS wrote:

I was at the last performance with my own daughter  in  a PG tour (tix bought for me by my daughter) and it was phenomenal.
The best part was when he introduced the band and said "I promised I wouldn't do this, but F**k it, tonight's the last night of the Tour and here is my daughter Melanie Gabriel" Every inch the proud father with a  happy daughter.

 
Aw, that's so great!!  I've seen Gabriel in concert, and it was absolutely amazing :)

How I wish I could attend with my own daughter...how fitting this song is for the two of us.  We haven't spoke in many years, though I'd sure like to.
jasmine,  'chance' rhymes with 'apache devil dance' to change into strange.
 tiffanyrenee wrote:
I heard a story that PG wrote his song when he was trying to persuade his daughter to talk to him when she was a pre-teen, angry and refusing to come down from a tree. I love the song and when his daughter performed with him it was beautiful. 

 
I was at the last performance with my own daughter  in  a PG tour (tix bought for me by my daughter) and it was phenomenal.
The best part was when he introduced the band and said "I promised I wouldn't do this, but F**k it, tonight's the last night of the Tour and here is my daughter Melanie Gabriel" Every inch the proud father with a  happy daughter.
 westslope wrote:
Talked to a buddy the other day who has gone through a very painful divorce.  With young children involved.  

Tough, very tough. 

 
The worst experience of my life. That includes being shot at, repeatedly.
I heard a story that PG wrote his song when he was trying to persuade his daughter to talk to him when she was a pre-teen, angry and refusing to come down from a tree. I love the song and when his daughter performed with him it was beautiful. 
{#Crown}
That's Sinéad O'Connor on backing vocals. She also sang on track 3, Blood of Eden. 
Talked to a buddy the other day who has gone through a very painful divorce.  With young children involved.  

Tough, very tough. 
Something from cellist Zoë Keating?   
Beautiful lyrics. 
 
Songs are so personal..for me this song has so much meaning hence it is amazing
His worst album for me..
 FrankRizzo wrote:

You only rate songs a 10? This good, but Godlike?

 
Yes....Godlike
 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps is talking to me about this song...  love it...

 
You only rate songs a 10? This good, but Godlike?
 musikluvr wrote:
In the midst of a painful separation with my wife. 10 doesn't even begin to rate song this for me.
 
Separations/breakups/divorces are a bitch. Wishing you the best, musikluvr.
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps is talking to me about this song...  love it...
It's a 10 for me ... and the live version with Paula Cole would be an 11. {#Dancingbanana}
In the midst of a painful separation with my wife. 10 doesn't even begin to rate song this for me.
 MsJudi wrote:
What's a little astonishing to me, given the innuendo I hear in this song, it was written to his daughter.
 
That's what I've read also, but "come talk to me" applies in many other relationships.  YMMV.  Shiite and Suuni, perhaps?
 lattalo wrote:
Peter Gabriel is one of the best writer/musicians on the planet.  He should be in the Hall of Fame for Biko alone.

 
He now is in the Rocking Roll Hall of Fame, {#Notworthy}



 
There's really nothing to defend the length of this song. Way too much repetition and lack of build-up and construction. Just adding more instruments won't do it for me – if I need it at some point I can always dig up Tubular Bells. {#Roflol}
Peter Gabriel is the absolute best! Love your site, because you play a lot of PG!! 
so sick of peter gabriel. esp since songs so long as to outlast one psd click.
Peter Gabriel is one of the best writer/musicians on the planet.  He should be in the Hall of Fame for Biko alone.
Peter Gabriel is the absolute worst! Love your site, but you play a lot of PG!! 
 
Though the rest of this album has too much bland world music - and I could seriously live without most world music - this track is outstanding.  Love Sinead on the harmonies.
Thia is a good Xmas tune...a feel good tune on this great holiday that celebrates joy and beauty and love and all that is good in this wonderful world...
I have heard him referred to as the other Saint Peter.
 Cynaera wrote:
Peter Gabriel is one of those mercurial artists - when he's good, he's awesome, and when he's bad, he's still not too shabby.  This, to me, is one of his more awesome songs. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
Sounds a great great deal like his song 'Biko' 
Everyone at the Ashram secretly loves this song.

I'm possessed!
What's a little astonishing to me, given the innuendo I hear in this song, it was written to his daughter.
ARRRGH!  Phone call made me miss almost all of this absolutely marvelous tune.  Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to go to work.  Then I come to my senses.
20 years!?  OMG I feel so old.  {#Doh} 

lily34 wrote:

yeah, it's hard to believe it's 20 yrs old. wow. love it as much as i did then.
 


Love this ...even the bloomin pipes...oh the pipes {#Evil}
Good song, but you gotta admit, PG sometimes gets a little bit carried away with the sententiousness.
Gabriel has been very important throughout my life.  I am just thrilled that my kids, without prompting, have downloaded all of his music and listen to the Lamb over and over again.{#Jump} 
 dedawson wrote:
20 years ago? wow.  Fresh as ever.{#Clap}
 
yeah, it's hard to believe it's 20 yrs old. wow. love it as much as i did then.
Since his early Days with Genesis Peter has been at the forefront of music combining many styles - this is NO exception and to boot his is prob one of the best live musical acts around - combining visual and musicality -
 Cynaera wrote:
Peter Gabriel is one of those mercurial artists - when he's good, he's awesome, and when he's bad, he's still not too shabby.  This, to me, is one of his more awesome songs. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Miss you so much, Ann...

rest in peace... 
20 years ago? wow.  Fresh as ever.{#Clap}
The first song I ever (consciously) heard from Peter Gabriel. It was an instant hit. From this album, it's my second favorite after the (even more?) personal anguish of Digging in the Dirt. Turning the volume way up. 


Everybody in my hotel room is talking to me about this song...  love it...

 
 ziakut wrote:
The atmosphere is strong and the rhythm is hypnotic. Me likey!{#Dancingbanana_2}
 
{#Bananajumprope}
The atmosphere is strong and the rhythm is hypnotic. Me likey!{#Dancingbanana_2}
BAGPIPES!!! YAYYYYY, go Peter Gabriel......Thanks Bill!!!
 MiracleDrug wrote:
the live version Peter and company did during the Secret World Live tour was TRANSCENDENT...{#Meditate}


 



Yes! with Paula Cole. Does Bill ever play that version? I prefer that one to this one.
Bagpipes and African drums.....thumpin' HEAVEN!!!!!  Come sing to me Peter G!!!  {#Good-vibes} 
 fingerpin wrote:

Yes, Bill never leaves his fucking studio.

 

Oh I don't know, when he had the camera in there I distinctly recall an occasion when Bill was gone for all of an hour. Probably at the direction of SWMBO.
divorce never sounded so good.
I just associate this music with the Lion King and Tarzan, so Disney, but it's ok.
Once in awhile comes a true artist.
Yeah, akin to the beginning—and end—of Copperhead Road.
I especially like the bagpipe that opens this piece.
 




Everybody in my hotel room be dancing...  love it...

 
 cohifi wrote:
I like the other song off this album.  6
 
If I recall correctly, this album has ten tracks, not just two.
I like the other song off this album.  6


This song is soooo good for the heart...  love it...


 Sp3o wrote:
The Master at work
 


Yes...  what a great song...  love it...




the live version Peter and company did during the Secret World Live tour was TRANSCENDENT...{#Meditate}


The Master at work
 apd wrote:


well played, sir!
 


Thank you!  We be dancing...  love this song...

 
 ckcotton wrote:

Oh Bill..... isn't that what just played in the same order today? Didn't realize you were ever on a loop.....

3:53 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
3:48 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.2
3:45 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
3:39 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live)
3:22 pm Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
3:19 pm Gary Jules Mad World Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

 
Yes, Bill never leaves his fucking studio.

 romeotuma wrote:

Thanks for bringing that up...  this song is soooo good for the ears!  (Hope you are having a great new y-ear!)

 
 

well played, sir!
Excellent lyrics, excellent song, excellent album, excellent artist, EXCELLENCE!
 apd wrote:

wow - three comments from romeotuma and no mention of ears!
 


Thanks for bringing that up...  this song is soooo good for the ears!  (Hope you are having a great new y-ear!)

 

What are  you talking about?
 ckcotton wrote:

Oh Bill..... isn't that what just played in the same order today? Didn't realize you were ever on a loop.....

3:53 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
3:48 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.2
3:45 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
3:39 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live)
3:22 pm Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
3:19 pm Gary Jules Mad World Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

 
You will find this a lot- same set today. They craft sets with an "ear" toward themes or connections, and well in advance. One or more songs in a row may have night in common, or a producer, or any other thing you might imagine. The main thing is they think they work well together,and I really cannot fault them on any part of the set you reference.

The point is, you will not hear this same set for a while, and I do not think there is even a one or two week loop. Carefully cultivated variety- I love it. And, it gives them a chance to do other things like find more music, make more great sets, sleep, etc.

Bad news if you were hoping for a request line, though. Just not that kind of station.
LOVE Peter G. thanks Bill... this song gives me chills every time.
 mandolin wrote:
...i miss xplora 1 and realworld media...
 

I still have my copy of the Eve video game! But I don't play it anymore, since I solved it a long time ago.
 romeotuma wrote:

This song is euphoric...  awesome...
 
wow - three comments from romeotuma and no mention of ears!


Just turned the volume wayyyy up...

 
Sweet.
i really love mr. Gabriel's work. i don't know if i'd necessarily like this song if it weren't for That Voice
...i miss xplora 1 and realworld media...
 nalle wrote:


RT! Nice to see you!
 


Nice to see you, too!  This is a fine song...  love it...

 
Nice segue.
Wonderful song. Saw it live with Sinead O'Conner in London and it was a breathtaking performance.
Nice!
I especially like the bagpipe that opens this piece.
Amazing song. Fantastic live version on Secret World. One of the best opening to a concert I have ever seen. And that concert just got better all night.
There's really not much to this song, but that Babacar drum sound is like a great sauce - put it on anything and it'll be really good. 
...thank you...
There is a huge wall of sound in this tune and it amazes me how he is able to produce this in teh live shows as well.
Peter Gabriel is one of those mercurial artists - when he's good, he's awesome, and when he's bad, he's still not too shabby.  This, to me, is one of his more awesome songs. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 romeotuma wrote:


What a great song!  Love it...

 
 

RT! Nice to see you!
Good lyrics, but intolerable sound.
 romeotuma wrote:

This song is euphoric...  awesome...


 

I don´t know the word "euphoric" but it doesn`t matter. I like this one, it´s great.



What a great song!  Love it...

 

This song is euphoric...  awesome...




fantastic...  love it...


 Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:
I love this song, but not this version that is poorly engineered IMHO.
 
It's weird, it makes the song strangely anemic compared to the powerhouse that is the live version. (Paula Cole's voice didn't hurt either.)
I know that this song can sound good on a great system, but here's my system:

(click here)

And I'm telling ya, even compared to other songs on the same album, the mix of the instruments is just a little off. Love 14 Black Painting's mix though.
Oh yeah, the lyrics are OUTSTANDING.



This really is a fantastic song...  love it...


 suebee3 wrote:
from 09/16/08 - hmmmm

 
dgavenda wrote:
12:26 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
12:21 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.3
12:18 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
12:12 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live) Mirrorball - The Complete Concert 7.4
11:55 am Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
11:52 am Gary Jules Mad World 7.8

Nice set Bill.

 
 
Oh Bill..... isn't that what just played in the same order today? Didn't realize you were ever on a loop.....

3:53 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
3:48 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.2
3:45 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
3:39 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live)
3:22 pm Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
3:19 pm Gary Jules Mad World Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets (2001)

I love this song, but not this version that is poorly engineered IMHO.
An excellent tune from an excellent album.  He has a unique sounding voice and his lyrics are special.  A real talent from Genesis forward.
 calypsus_1 wrote:
The wretched desert takes it's 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
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

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
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

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

I said please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me
** 9 **


  Changed my rating from 8 to 9 after reading the lyrics. Thanks for that.


I never got why the song on the album fades out (at all, because fade-outs are the weakest possible ending), and given that it does, why it takes around 45 seconds to do so. There's practically half a minute silence before the beginning of "Love to be loved". But still, I give the song a 10. At least the live version does not fade out ;-)


This song is soooo good for the ears...


The wretched desert takes it's 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
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

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
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

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

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

Sinéad O'Connor, contributed backing vocals on the track "Come Talk To Me"

** 9 **



 tiggers wrote:


A common misconception with Gabriel's recordings. Unlike most rock/pop artists Gabriel leaves his recordings mastered so they sound fantastic on a full range high end audio system rather than pumping them up to sound good on a transistor radio/Ipod.

Hence this sounds pretty muted on here , but sounds amazing on a high end system from the vinyl or CD whereas I suspect the BRMC rack preceding this will sound a bit 'lost' on the same equipment.

Sorry, but a 192K stream is not a good way to listemn to Gabriel's music.
 
It sounds fantastic on my 7.1 B&W 800 series system.

 superfido wrote:


Because it does. And besides that it simply sucks. He is a whiner.
 
He's no ABBA, that's for sure Sweden!!!!


from 09/16/08 - hmmmm

 
dgavenda wrote:
12:26 pm Peter Gabriel Come Talk To Me Us (1992) 7.7
12:21 pm Black Rebel Motorcycle Club All You Do Is Talk Baby 81 (2007) 7.3
12:18 pm Throwing Muses Teller University (1995) 7.1
12:12 pm Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (Live) Mirrorball - The Complete Concert 7.4
11:55 am Pink Floyd Us & Them -> Eclipse Dark Side Of The Moon (1992) 9.2
11:52 am Gary Jules Mad World 7.8

Nice set Bill.

 


one of the coolest clips online ... {#Dancingbanana}