"The Drop" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
Moving down the fuselage
Toward the open door
Catch you looking down outside
To see what lies ahead

One by one
You watch them fall
Fall through cloud
One by one
You watch them fall
No idea where they're going
But down

Where they've gone
Where they've gone

Watching as the sun goes down
I sit inside this plane
Notice how the city lights
Are like the nerves inside a brain

One by one
They're going out
You watch them dim
One by one
You watch them fall
And wonder where they're falling to


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"The Drop" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentI think this song is about death and wondering about the afterlife; where people go, where the brain cells that make up a person go...
    I'm not sure why he chose this airplane setting but i think it makes sense that everything that rises falls and everything that is born dies.
    XianSnakeon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPG said in one of his online video diaries that The Drop is about the last great mystery: death. The symbol he uses is waiting to parachute out of a plane, knowing it will be his turn soon, and watching the people who have gone ahead of him vanishing through a layer of cloud. He wonders where they've gone - Are they safe? Are they still falling? Have they landed somewhere? Or are they just gone?

    This is an allegory for our own deaths and the deaths of those we know. We see those who die before us - they have vanished from sight, and maybe we have faith in an afterlife, maybe there is a safe landing place after the fall, an afterlife of some kind. We know that one day we will die too, and wonder what it will be like to pass through that final veil. Will we see our friends again, or will be just fall into nothing?
    DexXon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm convinced this is about the 11th of September.
    the_toolshedon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this is a song about a huge decision he needs to make. Metaphorically, he is in a position to take the leap but is uncertain about the decision. The song, which is at the end of UP, lets the question remain open - i.e. it doesn't sound like he made the leap. (he's watching the city lights dim)
    lighthumoron September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou should ALL go out and get his video collection on dvd...the video for this is awesome...done by a fan i believe..
    RedRavenon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've read somewhere that part of the lyrics came from watching people jumping from WTC. That must be one of the most horrifying images of the 21st century.

    This is a very bleak and frightening lyric, and the way it closes out Up, the darkest and scariest record PG ever put out, is absolutely brilliant.
    olem77on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've read somewhere that part of the lyrics came from watching people jumping from WTC. That must be one of the most horrifying images of the 21st century.

    This is a very bleak and frightening lyric, and the way it closes out Up, the darkest and scariest record PG ever put out, is absolutely brilliant.
    olem77on November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this is definitely Peter coming to terms with his aging and getting older. He is obviously looking forward into the clouds wondering where you go after. I love that rather than the usual image of ascending into the clouds, that he is actually up above them watching it all drop. There is also a reference to sperm here too. Thousands of sperm leaving the fuselage not knowing where they are going or what will happen, thousands of deaths leading to life. And then the image of the city lights going out one by one. Beautiful song and deep personal lyrics. He is a deep writer and performer. I am sure there is no coincidence that his daughter sings this with him.
    musicbleedson August 09, 2014   Link
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    General CommentErm, I don't think by "plane" he meant an aireplane. Plane could be used as a place or area.
    Forgotten_Warrior95on June 09, 2007   Link

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