"The Tower That Ate People" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
There's a bump in the basement
There's a knocking on the wall
In the pumping of the pistons
I swear I heard your call
There's a bump in the basement
There's a hole in the floor
There's a guard in the garden
Locking up the door

There's a rumble in the floorboards
No shutting out the sound
And the workers are below me
Digging underground
Feel the building all around me
Like a wrap of armoured skin
But the more we are protected
The more we're trapped within

Tell it like it is
Till there's no misunderstanding
When You strip it right back
Man feed machine
Machine feed man

Tell it like it is
Till there's no misunderstanding
Make up what you like
Man feed machine
Machine feed man

Brick by brick
Brick by brick
Brick by brick
We're building


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"The Tower That Ate People" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentThis song is part of "OVO", a multi-media show done for the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, England.
    OVO follows the tale of earth loving being named Theo, his wife Beth and his children Sofia and Ion.
    Ion is the clever inventor of the family, and after his father dies he leads his people in an industrial revolution, building a huge tower.

    Eventually the tower becomes a curse as it saps natural resources and makes slaves of those building it. Beth and Sofia lead a revoltion and the tower falls.

    Outside the OVO connection, there's a certain "Tower of Babel" feel to this song...humanity trying to build to heaven but failing: "In the pounding of the pistons, I swear I hear your call."

    It could also be looked at as a song about industry taking over the "natural order".
    Arbiteron December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is part of "OVO", a multi-media show done for the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, England.
    OVO follows the tale of earth loving being named Theo, his wife Beth and his children Sofia and Ion.
    Ion is the clever inventor of the family, and after his father dies he leads his people in an industrial revolution, building a huge tower.

    Eventually the tower becomes a curse as it saps natural resources and makes slaves of those building it. Beth and Sofia lead a revoltion and the tower falls.

    Outside the OVO connection, there's a certain "Tower of Babel" feel to this song...humanity trying to build to heaven but failing: "In the pounding of the pistons, I swear I hear your call."

    It could also be looked at as a song about industry taking over the "natural order".
    Arbiteron December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts about how humans have become so dependient from the machines
    enriquedelayeurreaon January 05, 2010   Link

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