"Intruder" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
I know something about opening windows and doors
I know how to move quietly to creep across creaky wooden floors
I know where to find precious things in all your cupboards and drawers

Slipping the clippers
Slipping the clippers through the telephone wires
The sense of isolation, the sense of isoloation
Inspires me

I like to feel the suspense when I'm certain you know I am there
I like you lying awake, your baited breath charging the air
I like the touch and the smell of all the pretty dresses you wear

Intruders happy in the dark
Intruder come
Intruder come and he leave his mark, leave his mark
Leave his mark
Leave his mark
Leave his mark
Leave his mark
Leave his mark
Leave his mark

I am the intruder


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"Intruder" as written by Peter Gabriel Francis Griffiths

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    General CommentOh I love this song. So creepy, kinda reminds me of Pink Floyd actually. This song is obviously about an Intruder.
    JAStewarton December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the creepy feeling this song gives me.
    It's almost like watching a good Hitchcock film (okay, almost all the Hitchcock films are good).
    Major Valoron September 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpretty self explanatory. what i really like about the two last numbered albums is the creepy, sad and drepressive atmosphere you can feel there. this song is just so obscene.
    carrotkinson June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow, the original is darker/creepier than Primus' although i think i still prefer Primus, as they are one of my faves...
    necrophageon April 21, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyup. its about an intruder who steals things and sniffs your garments. cant get any better than that! lol
    gnarbon May 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love the sexy creepiness of this song.

    It makes me think both of a burglar and a man who gets sexually aroused by watching the victim as she lies in her bed and smelling her dresses. It's probably both.
    Wild Wolfon March 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlways made me wonder about PG... why he would write this kind of song...influenced by Poe, etc and just putting the horror topic to music (which he has done successfully), or revealing a dark side of himself...
    drds63on December 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always wondered if there was supposed to be any double meaning in the line "Intruder come and leave his mark".
    gobeyinstraineron April 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is a veeeeeeery creepy song. I think it's about, well, an intruder in your house, someone who slips in quietly in the dead of night and steals all your precious items without making a sound, then tiptoes up to your room and hides in the closet, watching you sleep... a real "monster in the closet." And imagine waking up in the middle of the night and knowing without a doubt that there is someone else in the room besides you, but you can't see them, so you just lie there being terrified... I know I'd feel terrified if that happened to me.

    (Sorry for my use of the word "you" meaning the person in general, I couldn't think of any other way to word it.)
    EnduringChillon June 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLots of artists write or sing about darker subjects. With Peter Gabriel, I feel like his music is theatrical. Not only does it tell stories, but they all embody characters or a group of people. He puts his mind in roles of other things and writes from their perspectives.
    Cobehnon January 07, 2012   Link

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