Something in me, dark and sticky
All the time it's getting strong
No way of dealing with this feeling
Can't go on like this too long

This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you, I told you, I told you, I told you
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you, I told you, I told you, I told you

Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are
Don't say nothing
Keep your hands on the wheel
Don't turn around
This is for real

Digging in the dirt
Stay with me I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt

The more I look, the more I find
As I close on in, I get so blind
I feel it in my head, I feel it in my toes
I feel it in my sex, that's the place it goes

This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you, I told you, I told you, I told you
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
This time you've gone too far
I told you, I told you, I told you, I told you

Don't talk back
Just drive the car
Shut your mouth
I know what you are
Don't say nothing
Keep your hands on the wheel
Don't turn around
This is for real

Digging in the dirt
Stay with me I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt
I'm digging in the dirt
Stay with me I need support
I'm digging in the dirt
To find the places I got hurt
To open up the places I got hurt

Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt
Digging in the dirt
To find the places we got hurt


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Digging In The Dirt Lyrics as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General CommentI agree with what mandc wrote basically.

    The second stanza (This time...) above is Peter's thoughts, and the third stanza (Don't talk back...) is the snapping reply of his demon, the pain from his past that still discourages him on a subconscious level. It controls the "drive" of his thoughts. In the chorus / fourth stanza (Digging in the dirt...) above, Peter takes a step back to plea to his therapist or friends/family; anyone who can help him in his effort to heal. The fifth stanza (The more I look...) above is talking about how, as you try to heal and uncover your past and pain, so many factors come into play that it's hard to make sense of it all. The things he discovers in the dirt haunt him and permeate into every facet of his life. The chorus is repeated over because that is the central message of the song: Help me, don't give up on me, stay with me because I need you to. I am also reminded of psychotherapy and the painful, long, arduous struggle involved in recovering from a mental illness.
    XianSnakeon December 07, 2006   Link

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