"Downside Up" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
I looked up at the tallest building.
Felt it falling down.

I could feel my balance shifting.
Everything was moving around.

These streets so fixed and solid.
Ah, shimmering haze.

And everything I relied on disappeared.

Downside up, upside down.
Take my weight from the ground.
Falling deep in the sky.
Slipping in the unknown.

All the strangers look like family.
All the family look so strange.

The only constant, I am sure of.
Is this accelerating rate of change.

Downside up, upside down.
Take my weight off the ground.
Falling deep in the sky.
Slipping in the unknown.

I stand here, watch you spinning.
Until I am drawn in.
A centripetal force.
You pull me in.

Pull me in.

OVO

Downside up, upside down.
Take my weight off the ground.
Falling deep in the sky.
Slipping in the unknown.


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"Downside-Up" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentObviously, it's a story where the world falls upside down/downside up....
    BitterBoshon October 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song when I saw the "Growing Up Live" DVD. It was spectacular to watch him perform with his daughter. And it was absolutely amazing the stage stunt they performed for it. I highly recommend seeing this live.
    Cotygeekon June 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLife changing event turns your life upside down.
    remedy74on July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's a lot of physics in this song, no? Acceleration, and centripetal force...I mean, it's a metaphor, but still...
    PursuitofLifeon October 05, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationBased on how Peter Gabriel desribes this song in his DVD Growing Up, I think its a play on how much we rely on our own physical laws here on our tiny planet. Perhaps after death or within some type of metaphysical self-discovery we can truly understand that there's more powers that be and that love can exsist throughout the Universe.

    If I remember, In the DVD PG imagines laying on the ground gazing at the stars and imagining everything flipped.
    coosesson August 19, 2010   Link

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