Saturday, March 18, 2006

Wallflower

6 X 6 – from wall to wall
Shutters on the window. . no light at all
Damp on the floor, you got damp in your bed
They’re trying to get you crazy-get you out of your head
They feed you scraps, they feed you lies
To lower your defenses, no compromise
Nothing you can do, the day can be long
Your mind is working overtime, your body’s not too strong

Hold on, Hold on
They put you in a box, so you can’t be heard
Let your spirit stay unbroken, let you not be deterred

Hold on, you have gambled with your own life
And you face the night alone
While the builders of the cages
Sleep with bullets, bars and stone
They do not see your road to freedom
That you build with flesh and bone

They take you out – the light burns your eyes
To the talking room – it’s no surprise
Loaded with questions from clean white coats
Their eyes are as hidden as their Hippocratic Oath
They tell you-how to behave, behave as their guest
You want to resist them, you do your best
They take you to your limits they take you beyond
For all that they are doing there is no way to respond

Hold on, Hold on
They put you in a box, so you can’t be heard
Let your spirit stay unbroken, let you not be deterred

Hold on, you have gambled with your own life
And you face the night alone
While the builders of the cages
Sleep with bullets, bars and stone
They do not see your road to freedom
That you build with flesh and bone

Though you may disappear, you’re not forgotten here
And I will say to you, I will do what I can do

Though you may disappear, you’re not forgotten here
And I will say to you, I will do what I can do
And I will do what I can do
And I will do what I can do

Copyright 1982, Cliofine, Limited.

Taken from the lyrics sheets attached to the 1982 album Security by Peter Gabriel.

Dedicated to all those who suffer from the stings, arrows and aggravations slung by human insects.
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