"More Than This" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
I woke up and the world outside was dark
All so quiet before the dawn
Opened up the door and walked outside
The ground was cold

I walked until I couldn't walk any more
To a place I'd never been
There was something stirring in the air
In front of me, I could see

More than this
More than this
So much more than this
There is something else there
When all that you had has all gone
And more than this
I stand
Feeling so connected
And I'm all there
Right next to you

It started when I saw the ship go down
I saw them struggle in the sea
And suddenly the picture disappears
In front of me

Now we're busy making all our busy plans
On foundations build to last
But nothing fades as fast as the future
And nothing clings like the past, until we can see

More than this
More than this
So much more than this
There is something out there
More than this
It's coming through
And more than this
I stand alone and so connected
And I'm all there
Right next to you

Oh then it's alright
When with every day another bit falls away
Oh but its still alright, alright, alright
And like words together we can make some sense

Much more than this
Way beyond imagination
Much more than this
Beyond the stars
With my head so full
So full of fractured pictures
And I'm all there
Right next to you

More than this
More than this
More than this
More than this


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"More Than This" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    My InterpretationGiven that the album was about life and death, to me this song is about a person's yearning to comprehend existence and reality beyond life and death, to understand more than what they sense and as a consequence to be with to those who are lost and gone, pushing to one side the notion of death and separation.
    solsburianon October 05, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthe possibilities of giving up everything you cling to and living in the present moment. peter captures it perfectly (as usual). genius.
    joyfulgirl26on December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song always seemed like it is about a higher being, an entity we are all one in - and a longing to understand that and to be close to it.

    It is a fantastic song from an amazing, underrated album.
    AiR7oNon June 09, 2010   Link
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    MemorySometimes when I'm disgusted with myself and 'when I've gone through all I own and it's already too much', I listen to this song and am comforted by the fact that I could walk "until I couldn't walk any more", only I stay here and promise to make tomorrow more than this.
    ofnothingon September 17, 2013   Link
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    MemoryTwice when I was in elementary school I had a sort of vision thing as I was stepping into the shower (naked and free from all the reminders that society is on your back.) where I stepped out of myself and began to understand something and it was very hard to put into words, but I eventually got something pretty close and put it into a song of mine: 'there's something out there other than life'. Years later I found this song and was reminded again that humans share 99% of our biology, and that this experience that I felt can be understood and put into song by someone who came before me.
    ofnothingon September 17, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretationi think this song is about the fatherhood, probably the best medicine to cure selfishness, peter is describing it exactly as i felt before my first daughter born, you reach a point in your life where it becomes meaningless and dark, its as you can not get excited from things that were so exciting till now, TIME TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER.
    alternatishon December 17, 2013   Link

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