Sat in the corner of the Garden Grill, with plastic flowers on the window sil
No more miracles, loaves and fishes, been so busy with the washing of the dishes
Reaction level's much too high - I can do without the stimuli

I'm living way beyond my ways and means, living in the zone of the inbetweens
I can see the flashes on the frozen ocean, static charge of the cold emotion
Watched on by the distant eyes - watched on by the silent hidden spies

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
No luck, no golden chances
No mitigating circumstances now
It's only common sense
There are no accidents around here

I am willing - lay your hands on me
I am ready - lay your hands on me
I believe - lay your hands on me, over me

Working in gardens, thornless roses, fat men play with their garden hoses
Poolside laughter has a cynical bite, sausage speared by the cocktail satellite
I walk away from from light and sound, down stairways leading underground

But still the warmth flows through me
And I sense you know me well
It's only common sense
There are no accidents around here

I am willing - lay your hands on me
I am ready - lay your hands on me
I believe - lay your hands on me, over me over me

Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me
Lay your hands on me, over me

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Lay Your Hands on Me Lyrics as written by Peter Gabriel

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  • +4
    General CommentFor me, the meaning rests in how the lyrics combine the banal with the spiritual. Consider, the mention of the "Garden Grill", a banal place whose name references the original garden (Eden), its pale reflection made more obvious by the fact that the plant life there is plastic.

    The line about no more miracles, contrasting with the washing of the dishes, highlights the protagonist's inability to connect to the hints of divinity all around him due the distractions of more mundane concerns. Thus, he feels this kind of "stimuli" obscures his ability to connect.

    The next stanza demonstrates how alienating this situation has become; vast oceans exist, but without any spiritual component behind it, all that can be drawn from the world is cold emotion, and paranoia.

    The next part, (But still the warmth flows through me...) would seem to indicate that, internally at least, the narrator has some remnant of desire to connect to the divine; the lines that follow represent that some sort of action is taking place at this point in the story, something that the protagonist feels is inevitable.

    Gabriel's songs often put the joys of physical connection in the same league as spiritual ones -- and it helps that the line, "Lay your hands on me" is a double-entendre. The laying on of hands is a common element of many religious observances. It is also a pretty blunt request to be touched in a more general, perhaps sexual way. Thus, perhaps the narrator finds in physical contact something more profound than the weak shadows of spiritual fulfillment described earlier in the song.

    (Then again, I'm probably way off!)
    meegleon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI find it interesting that there are two songs about being touched- I Have The Touch and Lay Your Hands On Me. (I don't remember, but aren't they on the same album as well?) I wonder what that signifies, if anything.

    God, I just love the live version of this. (With the repeated lyric "Lay your hands on me!" during the crowd-surf...)
    EnduringChillon June 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHere are men and women languishing in the fragmented & false "perfectionism" of suburbia. They lack the connection and contact they need so desperately; and they seek ministry of others- often only found in dark places underground. See last comment on Secret World. Dead on. They are willing to take dark risks to find that contact. They know there are no accidents in their choices. And they are willing. Like so many! And once they find each other- they certainly do know each other well.
    MWhitneyon June 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn his live concerts, during a lengthy instrumental vamp Gabriel would walk to the edge of the stage, turn his back to the audience and fall backwards into their outstretched arms. I've seen the video of this dozens of times and I still get chills up and down my spine when he does it. It's incredible, and an incredible demonstration of trust and connection between performer and audience. Wow.
    crazymanmichaelon July 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah PG, what does this song mean?\nsound like its about more planet earth fairy tails
    martyoneon March 07, 2022   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationIt's only common sense
    There are no accidents round here ...he says.

    I think all of these comments are soo far out.. Gabriel made fun of Church. He is making fun of the laying on of hands done in the Church that is part of the transference of the power of the Holy Spirit by the Church leaders.

    No more miracles, loaves and fishes
    Been so busy with the washing of the dishes is in reference of Jesus' first miricle of multiplying the loaves of bread and fish to feed the multitude.

    michaelgdpon October 27, 2018   Link

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