"Wallflower" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
Six by six, from wall to wall
Shutters on the windows, no light at all
Damp on the floor you got damp in the bed
They're trying to get you crazy get you out of your head
They feed you scraps and they feed you lies
To lower your defenses, no compromise
There's nothing you can do, the day can be long
You mind is working overtime, your body's not too strong

Hold on, hold on, hold on,
Hold on, hold on, hold on

They put you in a box so you can't get heard
Let your spirit stay unbroken, may you not be deterred
Hold on, you have gambled with your own life
You faced the night alone
While the builders of the cages
Sleep with bullets, bars and stone
They do not see the road to freedom
That you build with flesh and bone

They take you out the light burns your eyes
To the talking room it's not surprise
Loaded questions from clean white coats
Their eyes are all as hidden as their Hippocratic Oath
They tell you how to behave, behave as their guest
You want to resist them, you do your best
They take you to your limits, they take you beyond
For all that they are doing there's no way to respond

Hold on, hold on
They put you in a box so you can't get heard
Let your spirit stay unbroken, may you not be deterred
Hold on, you have gambled with your own life
You face the night alone
While the builders of the cages
Sleep with bullets, bars and stone
They do not see the road to freedom
That you build with flesh and bone

Though you may disappear, you're not forgotten here
And I will say to you, I will do what I can do

You may disappear, you're not forgotten here
And I will say you you, I will do what I can do
And I will do what I can do
I will do what I can do


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"Wallflower" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentPeter has a history of writing songs about the opression of South Africa. This is one of the songs banned in that country (along with Biko) because of it's political message.

    Some have said it was a tribute to Nelson Mandella, but Peter has always stated that it is for every person who is willing to be placed in jail for their beliefs of freedom.
    Otteron September 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah it makes me think of political prisoners incarcerated in prisons and psychiatric detention. the point is that even though they'll disappear like a wallflower he won't forget them completely...
    XianSnakeon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Shutters on the windows, no light at all" The light meaning the truth. "They feed you scraps and they feed you lies to lower your defenses, no compromise" Who are "they"? (who is you?) Is Peter singing to you and me? Humans are working over time, aren't they? specially in third world countries.

    Birdy is mankind, just as Rael is real, and it is-Ra-el.

    Mr. Grabirel is not just any writer, he is a genius. He knows too much and he's just doing what he can.

    "And I will say to you, "I will do what I can do."
    ET11on December 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm not quite sure what this song is about, but it seems that it is about someone is some type of institution...

    Very beautiful.
    llowellon November 09, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthank you Otter for the information, it made it all clear, now that i've read the lyrics once more it looks pretty obvious. melodically one of my favorite Peter Gabriel songs.
    carrotkinson August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA gorgeous song about persecution and hope.

    I agree with Otter's take on it - it's about someone ;locked up for their beliefs, treated by "doctors" because their political or social or artistic beliefs prove that they are "sick" and need to be "healed". The prisoner holds on, though, knowing the truth and refusing to be broken down and brainwashed.

    Natalie Portman's imprisonment in the film V for Vendetta is a good illustration of the principles of this song, and shows the "freedom" that can be achieved by refusing to be broken, despite being imprisoned.
    DexXon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely agree with Otter, here since I think Peter Gabriel's been very involved with Amnesty International, an organization that's devoted to helping political prisoners throughout the world.
    grasswidow103on March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPeter Gabriel did the soundtrack for the movie "Birdy" about two returning vets. One physcially scarred (Nick cage) and one mentally scarred (Mathew Modine "birdy).

    Birdy was locked up in an asylum and his friend never gave up on him.

    That is what the song is about.
    thecrossboneon February 16, 2011   Link

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