Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wow-ful Women Wednesdays

Yes, technically, this is cheating. Still...bear with me.

Clearly the main feature of this video today is a man. However, there is a fantastic female in the duet. How dare some say she was merely a "Background vocal". I mean, clearly she is doing her fair share here.

There are a few reasons I really have some significant levels of affection for this song and this video in particular.

1) Who doesn't like Peter Gabriel? I mean, the man can sing. Let's just agree on that.

2) Paula Cole has such a stunning voice, and back in the day when I owned this, *ahem*, cassette, I thought this harmony line was one of the most brilliant ever. And she is incredibly in touch with his vocal movement and emotion. Stunning. They just mesh so perfectly.

3) She is pulling off the long gown and chunky boot fairly convincingly. She gets points for that. :-)

4) Sara Groves (see, there's a second Wow-ful Woman connection) alludes to this song at the end of one of her songs. I won't tell you which one, unless you ask nicely.
:-) There's a prize if you guess it right! (really?) But I bet my friend Mark (who I don't think reads this blog) would know right off the bat because he is even more of a Sara Groves' fan than I am.

5) Plus there is some serious poetry to analyze in these lyrics. And gems like "Whatever fear invents, I swear it makes no sense." Love it.

So enjoy this highly entertaining, dramatic version of Come Talk to Me by Peter Gabriel and Paula Cole.



The wretched desert takes its form, the jackal proud and tight
In search of you, I feel my way, though the slowest heaving night
Whatever fear invents, I swear it makes no sense
I reach through the border fence
Come down, come talk to me

In the swirling, curling storm of desire unuttered words hold fast
With reptile tongue, the lightning lashes towers built to last
Darkness creeps in like a thief and offers no relief
Why are you shaking like a leaf
Come on, come talk to me

Ah please talk to me
Won't you please talk to me
We can unlock this misery
Come on, come talk to me

[Chorus 1:]
I did not come to steal
This all is so unreal
Can't you show me how you feel now
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me [x2]

The earthly power sucks shadowed milk from sleepy tears undone
From nippled skin as smooth as silk the bugles blown as one
You lie there with your eyes half closed like there's no-one there at all
There's a tension pulling on your face
Come on, come talk to me

Won't you please talk to me
If you'd just talk to me
Unblock this misery
If you'd only talk to me

[Chorus 2:]
Don't you ever change your mind
Now your future's so defined
And you act so deaf and blind
(And you act so deaf so blind)
Come on, come talk to me
Come talk to me [x2]

I can imagine the moment
Breaking out through the silence
All the things that we both might say
And the heart it will not be denied
'Til we're both on the same damn side
All the barriers blown away

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Fantastic video!