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Peter Gabriel — Secret World
Album: Us
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Released: 1992
Length: 6:49
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I stood in this unsheltered place
'Til I could see the face behind the face
All that had gone before had left no trace
Down by the railway siding
In our secret world we were colliding
All the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

So I watch you wash your hair
Underwater, unaware
And the plane flies through the air
Did you think you didn't have to choose it
That I alone could win or lose it
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

In this house of make believe
Divided in two, like Adam and Eve
You put out and I recieve
Down by the railway siding
In our secret world we were colliding
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

Oh the wheel it is turning, spinning round and round
And the house it is crumbling but the stairways stand

With no guilt and no shame, no sorrow or blame
Whatever it is, we are all the same

Making it up in our secret world
Making it up in our secret world
Making it up in our secret world
Shaking it up
Breaking it up
Making it up
In our secret world

Seeing things that were not there
On a wing on a prayer
In this state of disrepair
Down by the railway siding
In our secret world we were colliding
In all the places we were hiding love
What was it we were thinking of?

Shh, listen...
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I didn’t appreciate this album when it come out but it is one of PG’s best. Always loved the song Secret World and, as commented below, it’s even more brilliant when performed live.
https://youtu.be/RM7ybJaCQK0
The whole concert...
 Tomasni wrote:
To me this is a  9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  TY Peter Gabriel    and  RP
 

I'll join you!!! +1
Long Live                                                                                                                                   Radio Paradise
To me this is a very SOLID                      9 - O U T S T A N D I N G                      TY Peter Gabriel  
 truebluejay99 wrote:
Amazing album and amazing song...but even better live!

 
I was lucky to see him twice, 1993 in Atlanta on the Secret World Tour and 2012 at Red Rocks. Of the hundreds of concerts I've been to in the last 50 years or so these were two of the best!!
Amazing album and amazing song...but even better live!
Superb album, as mention some of his best work.
Ssh ... Listen ...
Arguably some of PG's best work on this album.
Get behind deem you'll
and plow the acreage
 then we carry each


 Egrey wrote:
This song always breaks my heart.

 
I nearly wore out my CD of this album during a tough relationship passage.  Then I saw him perform it live at WOMAD in Golden Gate Park; I was better after that, but this song still gives me goosebumps.  Infectious greatness.
 hayduke2 wrote:
I've matured through the years so the depth and awesomeness of Gabriel's music is now appreciated  (love his album-art too, is that the ethereal spirit of Patty Griffin he is conjuring? A pirouetting genie)

 
That was probably a reference to Rosanna Arquette.  Their relationship was on the rocks at the time.
 leathepea wrote:
LOVE THE BASS LINE FOR THIS SONG!

 
YESSSSS!!!!{#Bananajam}
LOVE THE BASS LINE FOR THIS SONG!
What was it we were thinking of?
So poignant...
{#Fire}   {#Fire}   {#Fire}  ..... totally outstanding 
Dig that Bass. Tony Levin yeah?
 Thanks for the assist
 Sloggydog wrote:
G-A-B-R-I-I-I-E-L-L-L-L-L!!!!! (For pronunciation reference Star Trek 2 Wrath of Khan)
 
Better with a visual:
https://www.monologuedb.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/William-Shatner-James-T.-Kirk-Star-Trek-II-The-Wrath-of-Khan.jpg
 Egrey wrote:
This song always breaks my heart.

 
I know what you mean. Try thinking of it as an "opening." 
I've matured through the years so the depth and awesomeness of Gabriel's music is now appreciated  (love his album-art too, is that the ethereal spirit of Patty Griffin he is conjuring? A pirouetting genie)
G-A-B-R-I-I-I-E-L-L-L-L-L!!!!! (For pronunciation reference Star Trek 2 Wrath of Khan)
 Egrey wrote:
This song always breaks my heart.

 
The live version kicks butt! {#Drummer}
This song always breaks my heart.
One of his best songs. One of the best produced, and magical. Love the bass, and even more, the story.
 Nix wrote:
Peter Gabriel's "Scratch my back", a part of two-album project ("I'll scratch yours" should have covers of his songs, done by those whose covers he did), was a surprise. There were songs that were awkward ("Boy in the bubble" comes to mind).

But there were a couple of really fantastic ones. For instance "My body is a cage". The original by Arcade Fire (a very good band) did not move me. PG's version was fantastic.

All other works of Peter Gabriel are just great. 
 

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches thinks Peter Gabriel's album in 2010 should have been called Scratch My Butt...  the album should have been scratched...  it should be nixed...

all his other stuff is marvelous...  we love this song...
 
...hey, and i'll scratch yours is scheduled for release at the equinox!..
Yep. Still a 10!
Peter Gabriel's "Scratch my back", a part of two-album project ("I'll scratch yours" should have covers of his songs, done by those whose covers he did), was a surprise. There were songs that were awkward ("Boy in the bubble" comes to mind).

But there were a couple of really fantastic ones. For instance "My body is a cage". The original by Arcade Fire (a very good band) did not move me. PG's version was fantastic.

All other works of Peter Gabriel are just great. 
 Cynaera wrote:
From my limited PG knowledge, there are very few of his songs that I don't particularly like ("Shock the Monkey" and "Sledgehammer" spring to mind.) I love this one - hopefully someday will get a chance to hear the live version about which folks are raving. It's the way he pulls a listener into his brain and shows them what he's thinking, even if sometimes it's scary or disconcerting.

I won't stop spending money on his music, unless he does Partridge Family covers. {#Mrgreen}
 

Yeah, he did the equivalent of Partridge Family covers on his horrific album in 2010 called Scratch My Back...  all his other stuff is marvelous...

love this song...

we miss you so much, Cynaera...
 

 Cynaera wrote:
From my limited PG knowledge, there are very few of his songs that I don't particularly like ("Shock the Monkey" and "Sledgehammer" spring to mind.) I love this one - hopefully someday will get a chance to hear the live version about which folks are raving. It's the way he pulls a listener into his brain and shows them what he's thinking, even if sometimes it's scary or disconcerting.

I won't stop spending money on his music, unless he does Partridge Family covers. {#Mrgreen}

 

 cmarcan wrote:
My favorite Peter Gabriel song.  Would rather hear the live version though.{#Bananapiano}
 

Absolutely. The live vesion has soooo much more energy. It just begs to be cranked to max volume.
 Art_Carnage wrote:
This hits a new level of suckatude. Just pure, total crap. Please make it go away.
 

You are obviously a dumb redneck, Texas, and Texans generally havetheir own level of suckitude. Go listen to Blake Shelton
My favorite PG song on my favorite PG album.  Either live or studio.  Sonic bliss {#Daisy} 

cmarcan wrote:
My favorite Peter Gabriel song.  Would rather hear the live version though.{#Bananapiano}
 


So good.
 
My favorite Peter Gabriel song.  Would rather hear the live version though.{#Bananapiano}
Peter belongs in the Rock n Roll hall of fame!!!! Pass it on!!!
 Cynaera wrote:
From my limited PG knowledge, there are very few of his songs that I don't particularly like ("Shock the Monkey" and "Sledgehammer" spring to mind.) I love this one - hopefully someday will get a chance to hear the live version about which folks are raving. It's the way he pulls a listener into his brain and shows them what he's thinking, even if sometimes it's scary or disconcerting.

I won't stop spending money on his music, unless he does Partridge Family covers. {#Mrgreen}
 
The live version is on the Growing Up Live DVD- I highly recommend this- I think it is one of the best concerts I have seen.  Wish Bill would play the live version- it has much more energy and an excellent bass rhythm. 
This song works.  PG doing something different and singing ala Genesis for a change in his solo stuff.
 bokey wrote:
I tried that but I could only dry heave.
 
{#Roflol}
Peter Gabriel's greatest music was when Daniel Lanois was producing him and when he was inspired by the muse of a loss of a love.

 jberko wrote:
He had his day...  and it came and went.
 

Hi hey-day is when Daniel Lanois was producing him for those two great albums.  You tell his influence in songs such as this one.

This song is just incredible.
 jberko wrote:
Tony Levin rocks.  PG's percussion arrangements are amazing.
 
Agreed
From my limited PG knowledge, there are very few of his songs that I don't particularly like ("Shock the Monkey" and "Sledgehammer" spring to mind.) I love this one - hopefully someday will get a chance to hear the live version about which folks are raving. It's the way he pulls a listener into his brain and shows them what he's thinking, even if sometimes it's scary or disconcerting.

I won't stop spending money on his music, unless he does Partridge Family covers. {#Mrgreen}
 Art_Carnage wrote:
This hits a new level of suckatude. Just pure, total crap.
 
Ehhhhhhhh, I think I'd have to respectfully disagree with that assertion.

Tony Levin rocks.  PG's percussion arrangements are amazing.
 MiracleDrug wrote:
having an OOBE here. . . {#Notworthy}
 
I tried that but I could only dry heave.

He had his day...  and it came and went.
and for all of the HATERS...
my FAVORITE version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inwX_c0PcjY
This hits a new level of suckatude. Just pure, total crap. Please make it go away.
So tragic.
having an OOBE here... {#Notworthy}
 cohifi wrote:

Dang it.....I was hoping this was off the NEW album....oh well !  9
 
The new album coming out is full orchestration... But there are some awesome videos of some of them on his website! The Red Rain one is spectacular. Can't wait. 
 peter_james_bond wrote:

It's usually a treat when performers put a different live spin on one of their tunes and Mr Gabriel is a wizard. {#Music}

 
Dang it.....I was hoping this was off the NEW album....oh well !  9

 alvarorb wrote:
Shhhhh..... Listen.....

This has got to be my favorite PG song live. I never get tired of listening to it.
It had been a while since I've heard the studio version. His voice if totally different.

Seing things that were not there...

Just amazing

Alvaro 
 
It's usually a treat when performers put a different live spin on one of their tunes and Mr Gabriel is a wizard. {#Music}

{#Puke}
Shhhhh..... Listen.....

This has got to be my favorite PG song live. I never get tired of listening to it.
It had been a while since I've heard the studio version. His voice if totally different.

Seing things that were not there...

Just amazing

Alvaro 
If only we could have leaders of countries who are as good at their job as the likes of Peter Gabriel are at theirs. All Hail {#Notworthy}
The absolute best concert I have ever seen is the PG tour promoting this album. And it was this song for the closer (before encore). It was truly incredible. There is a Secret World DVD avail. Terrific audio, questionable video, but a must for PG fans. production design by the Cirque Du Soleil designer.

Carissa wrote:
Bill, I'd love to hear the live version of this song off PG's Secret World Live. The recorded version is OK, but the live version is amazing.

I totally agree with that

 EssexTex wrote:

I do like his music but sadly most of it's tainted with memories from a time I'd like to forget.


Truth to that.
"In this state of disrepair ... in all the places we were hiding love; what was it we were thinking of ..."
I let about 18 years of my life just flitter by, wondering about that.

 

The same old story: Boring songs  - fantastic bass lines
Bill, I'd love to hear the live version of this song off PG's Secret World Live. The recorded version is OK, but the live version is amazing.
EssexTex wrote:
I do like his music but sadly most of it's tainted with memories from a time I'd like to forget.
hate it when that happens.
I do like his music but sadly most of it's tainted with memories from a time I'd like to forget.
leathepea wrote:
Man I love the bass line in this one. Tony Levin is the man, play those sticks!
Agreed; I'll remember that name and look for it in the future. Dude rocks!
Man I love the bass line in this one. Tony Levin is the man, play those sticks!
got me smiling
Pete is the MAN! Don't get me started on Mr. Levin. Would love to hear more early solo work.
meydele wrote:
I know it's possible, because there are artists that many adore that I can't stand, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone could not like PG. He's a god. OK, maybe not, but a demigod, anyway. Or at least a really highly placed priest-scholar.
Normally, PG is a 1 every time. He just grates on my nerves. This song is a bit better than usual. 4
As always, so much more to PG than just the vocals. Astounding.
meydele wrote:
I know it's possible, because there are artists that many adore that I can't stand, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone could not like PG. He's a god. OK, maybe not, but a demigod, anyway. Or at least a really highly placed priest-scholar.
LOL agreed. Like someone else here said, he's like chocolate! However I do have a few friends who actually DON'T like chocolate (gasp!) so I guess we must forgive the occasional anomaly.
3Dave wrote:
Guess I'm totally old school.... one of my prize possessions is my Secret World laser disc;-) :crashcomp:
Not old school at all. Laser disc was state of the art. My 21 yr old thinks laser disc is the grenade, or bomb, or something like that, I can't remember, I grew up in the 70's I think.
mandolin wrote:
...especially hearing this after BRMC's all you do is talk (as an example of a recent master), this track doesn't sound like it's received the same pre-broadcast normalisation treatment RP uses on its broadcast library... ...sounds comparatively muffled...
...as goes come talk to me so goes secret world off the same album... :/
Wow, goosebumps. I really like this, although it's Peter Gabriel. Have to check this album out. I'm really sick and tired of Gabriels world music crap that gets played on RP but this is fantastic.
Just a fantastic track from a superb, and massively under-rated, album.
Thanks a lot RP one of the best songs ever :clap:
The lyricism alone just blows me away! "So I watch you wash your hair Underwater, unaware" Read Sherwoood Anderson's "There She Is -- She Is Taking Her Bath" Every time I hear these lyrics I think of this story and I expect that PG had read the short story as well ... The inscrutable lives of those that we think are so close to us, an ultimate divide impassable based on our very identity ... Um, anyway : ) Peter (and Sherwood for that matter) get a 10 for this.
i effing love this song and its concept. similar idea to crowded house's 'private universe'.
skdenfeld wrote:
I, too, shake my head in disbelief. PG is like chocolate; you must like it! :chef:
:clap:
xkolibuul wrote:
Masterful song from a sublime album. I can't even BEGIN to understand how anyone naysays on this one.
I, too, shake my head in disbelief. PG is like chocolate; you must like it! :chef:
Masterful song from a sublime album. I can't even BEGIN to understand how anyone naysays on this one.
This seems like it would segue into Dire Straits' Skateaway really well.
musikalia wrote:
Peter Gabriel isn't bad, in fact kinda good (usually a 6 or 7 for me), but I feel he's waaaay overplayed on RP. I
Not bad,not good,just there. Sounding exactly the same,saying things that bore me.
RedGuitar wrote:
Agree! The live DVDs are amazing stuff!
Guess I'm totally old school.... one of my prize possessions is my Secret World laser disc;-) :crashcomp:
felix_the_man wrote:
I agree, his shows are absolutely AMAZING! He is brilliant and creative.
This song in particular gains ALOT from the live performances. Both back from the Secret World tour itself; to the more recent one(s) the ramped up version(s) with the mid-eastern warbling and flashing strobe lights etc... oops guess that is visual... but still to visually see, or even hear how much fun 'they'... him, his daughter, the band etc... have with this song is great!!!! Great build up... high energy pay off all better "live"....
Just not the same as his first work. Say, from "Lamb Lies Down" through the first 3 solo. In recent years, I can't tell one PG song from the next.
heh heh heh this song reminds me that i really like it when i'm in on secrets! :whisper:
With Gabriel, you have to see him to believe him. Once you see how he sings a song, it all flows.
Pyro wrote:
The "Secret World" DVD is incredible. Highly recommended!
Agree! The live DVDs are amazing stuff!
I know it's possible, because there are artists that many adore that I can't stand, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone could not like PG. He's a god. OK, maybe not, but a demigod, anyway. Or at least a really highly placed priest-scholar.
musikalia wrote:
Peter Gabriel isn't bad, in fact kinda good (usually a 6 or 7 for me), but I feel he's waaaay overplayed on RP. I'm getting sick of hearing him, and before too long I'll have to give him lower ratings just from the repetition. :beat:
Couldn't agree with you more - he's fine but this level of coverage starts to knock him down a few notches.
slowhand wrote:
Peter Gabriel the Bob Dylan of the UK...cannot believe madonna is more famous. Kinda like movies, trash sells.
Wash your mouth out, Gabriel can sing as well as write.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Did I just hear Peter Gabriel a minute ago? Seems like it....
Peter Gabriel isn't bad, in fact kinda good (usually a 6 or 7 for me), but I feel he's waaaay overplayed on RP. I'm getting sick of hearing him, and before too long I'll have to give him lower ratings just from the repetition. :beat:
felix_the_man wrote:
I agree, his shows are absolutely AMAZING! He is brilliant and creative.
Amen. Seen nothing before or since that matched the intensity of the early P.G shows. Maybe this reviewer was influenced by the Peyote, maybe not .... :eek:
When will I ever grow tired of this album? I keep thinking I'm over it, but I fall in love again every time I hear him. Thank you, Bill.
Old_Pool_Skunk wrote:
Great song, even better when he cuts wide open on the live version.
I most definitely agree, after hearing the live version - also here on RP, of course. :smile:
Tux wrote:
4. With my own playlist, I will never hear new things
Huh? Is that a FEATURE?
Shesdifferent wrote:
Did I just hear Peter Gabriel a minute ago? Seems like it.... :puke: His music is annoying and monotonus.
Huh.. sounds like something else.. but I just can't put my finger on it... :)
The "Secret World" DVD is incredible. Highly recommended!
boober wrote:
The best 5 concerts I've ever seen were all 5 Peter Gabriel concerts I saw from the late 70's to this albums tour.What a performer! :music:
I agree, his shows are absolutely AMAZING! He is brilliant and creative.
Did I just hear Peter Gabriel a minute ago? Seems like it.... :puke: His music is annoying and monotonus.
The best 5 concerts I've ever seen were all 5 Peter Gabriel concerts I saw from the late 70's to this albums tour.What a performer! :music:
slowhand wrote:
Peter Gabriel the Bob Dylan of the UK...cannot believe madonna is more famous. Kinda like movies, trash sells.
I don't know if that's fair or if it's even true anymore - I don't think I've ever spoken to anyone who doesn't know who Peter Gabriel is. That being said, I am sure there are many. When Peter decides to have Eric Prydz remix Abba and sing over it, I am sure he will reach those same people. And I'm okay that he hasn't done that yet, really I am okay. Other interesting bits: Peter has worked closely with Sasha and BT on producing some of his most intruiging music, and so has Madonna..
Hats off to the guys at RP for spinning this one. :sunny:
This is just a tame template compared to the live version.
Peter Gabriel the Bob Dylan of the UK...cannot believe madonna is more famous. Kinda like movies, trash sells.
What a desolate place the world would be without Peter Gabriel. Or, as somebody once poignantly said, "Peter Gabriel: He makes grown men cry."
Great song, even better when he cuts wide open on the live version.
Finally something worth listening to.
PG is so great, I really like him. This song is much better on the live version though. A 10 anyways.
DPiddy wrote:
What a sentimental track. I mean sit down and hear it from the beginning to the end. It hits you like a wave but very slowly in the beginning. It is a journey through every continent. 10 years after, I always find a new instrument played on this track. Overwhelming
I totally agree. I feel this way about the entire album - truly a masterpiece.
yessssssssssssss..!! :clap: :bounce: RADIO PARADISE RULES
An incredibly unique disc...thanks for the music :war:
One forgets there are songs and music that can sneak up on you like a memory from childhood and make you hold your breath unexpectedly. Eyes closed. Something like the magic that all artists want to find under their fingers and in their heads. Watching my dogs find the running flash of spotlights overhead on the clouds. It is the same sense of wonder.
What a sentimental track. I mean sit down and hear it from the beginning to the end. It hits you like a wave but very slowly in the beginning. It is a journey through every continent. 10 years after, I always find a new instrument played on this track. Overwhelming