"The Family and the Fishing Net (Peter Gabriel cover)" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
Suffocated by mirrors, stained by dreams
Her honey belly pulls the seams
Curves are still upon the hinge
Pale zeros tinge the tiger skin

Moist as grass, ripe and heavy as the night
The sponge is full, well out of sight
All around the conversations
Icing on the warm flesh cake

Light creeps through her secret tunnels
Sucked into the open spaces
Burning out in sudden flashes
Draining blood from well-fed faces

Desires form in subtle whispers
Flex the muscles in denial
Up and down its pristine cage
So the music, so the trial

Vows of sacrifice, headless chickens
Dance in circles, they the blessed
Man and wife, undressed by all
Their grafted trunks in heat possessed

Even as the soft skins tingle
They mingle with the homeless mother
Who loves the day but lives another
That once was hers

The worried father, long lost lover
Brushes ashes with his broom
Rehearses jokes to fly and hover
Bursting over the bride and groom

And the talk goes on

Memories crash on tireless waves
The lifeguards whom the winter saves

Silence falls the guillotine
All the doors are shut
Nervous hands grip tight the knife
In the darkness, till the cake is cut
Passed around, in little pieces
The body and the flesh
The family and the fishing-net
And another in the mesh

The body and the flesh


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"The Family and the Fishing Net" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentMan this a creepy song, but a good cover. I wonder what it means, it's really dark.
    bugmenoton December 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear you man. This song is creepy!
    ColonelClaypool_00on April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about abortion.
    fatmanlittleboyon August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo, the song is not about abortion. This a Peter Gabriel song. I've seen him in concert. In concert he explains this song is about a wedding (pretty clear in the lyrics). I think Peter is a Jungian, and he's fascinated by symbolism. But not about abortion...
    babaloueeon May 01, 2013   Link
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    General Commentyeah, pretty much.

    abortion.
    polyorchison April 07, 2008   Link

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