Long white arms
Losing their strength and form
Sixty year man on twenty year old skin
Skeleton, your eyes have lost their warmth
Look to your father for some support

Hush hush hush
Says your daddy's touch
Sleep sleep sleep
Says the hundredth sheep
Peace peace peace
May you go in peace

Cruel joke you waited so long to show
The one that you wanted wasn't a girl
All your life you kept it hidden inside
Now when you step you stumble, you die

Hush hush hush
Says your daddy's touch
Sleep sleep sleep
Says the hundredth sheep
Peace peace peace
May you go in peace

Oh maybe next time
You'll be Henry the 8th
Wake up tomorrow, Alexander the Great
Open your eyes in a new life again
Oh maybe next time
You'll be given a chance

Hush hush hush
Hush...


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    General CommentThis is an amazingly powerful song. I think it's about a young, gay male who is dying of AIDS. His family probably doesn't approve, so he is afraid to go to them with his ailment. The part that Peter Gabriel sings is reassuring him that next time around things will be better. He will be someone important and special, and he won't die so young. This song makes me cry every time. It is a beautiful piece of music.
    LittleBriddieon June 25, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe album is "this fire" 1996
    its a great album, i think. just listen to the whole thing from start to finish. really great. :)
    *prettybaby*on September 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow, excellent analyzation of the piece. i never thought. i would listen and think it was just a lullaby but then again i used to listen to this CD when i was 13. i totally agree with LittleBriddie on her interpretation of the song. excellent.
    ohpioneeron April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyep me too. always thought it was about someone dying of cancer until i got a bit older and realized it was about a young person dying of AIDS. i think the music at the end of this is just incredible, i close my eyes and it just takes me somewhere else.
    that_sullen_girlon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat album is this song on?
    Nova_Crashon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else think the message in the last stanza is reminiscent of the song "All the Pretty Little Horses"?
    I absolutely LOVE this entire album, musically and lyrically, but this song is definitely one of the better ones. And I think Gabriel's voice fits the sad fatherly role in this song perfectly, especially in contrast to Cole's dreamy voice of an outsider seeing their incredibly deep pain.
    HiOnMusicon April 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow! You guys are so terrific being able to tell the possible meaning of the song.
    LittleBriddie...u r great to come up with that, and also HiOnMusic.

    Thnks to the both of you.
    bear_hug20on July 10, 2009   Link

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