how to sympathise with an assassin


So often I get in the rut of listening to the same thing over and over again… I’ll pull a cd out and play just the tracks that have been flitting through my mind. I decided rather than just listen to Games Without Frontiers, I’d put the whole Peter Gabriel disc on. I’ve been a fan of his for twenty years and still find new things to adore in his music past and present.

I put a song out on my public folder (on my dotmac* site- see link on the right)- here are the lyrics to it:

Peter Gabriel :: Family Snapshot

The streets are lined with camera crews
Everywhere he goes is news
Today is different
Today is not the same
Today I make the action
Take snapshot into the light, snapshot into the light
I’m shooting into the light

Four miles down the cavalcade moves on
Driving into the sun
If I worked it out right
They won’t see me or the gun

Two miles to go, they’re clearing the road
The cheering has really begun
I’ve got my radio
I can hear what’s going on

I’ve been waiting for this
I have been waiting for this
All you people in TV land
I will wake up your empty shells
Peak-time viewing blown in a flash
As I burn into your memory cells
‘Cos I’m alive

They’re coming ’round the corner with the bikers at the front
I’m wiping the sweat from my eyes
-It’s a matter of time
-It’s a matter of will
And the governor’s car is not far behind
He’s not the one I’ve got in mind
‘Cos there he is-the man of the hour, standing in the limousine
I don’t really hate you
-I don’t care what you do
We were made for each other
-Me and you
I want to be somebody
-You were like that too
If you don’t get given you learn to take
And I will take you.

Holding my breath
Release the catch
And I let the bullet fly

All turned quiet-I have been here before
Lonely boy hiding behind the front door
Friends have all gone home
There’s my toy gun on the floor
Come back Mum and Dad
You’re growing apart
You know that I’m growing up sad
I need some attention
I shoot into the light

Give it a listen. Granted, it does have moments of sounding dated, but appreciate the brilliance of the lyric/music marriage.

Bon Appetite!

*.Mac page ceased to exist 30, June 2009.

2 thoughts on “how to sympathise with an assassin”

  1. Very chilling, the whole issue of unrewarded intelligence and the combination of low or high self esteem is one that seems to be getting a lot of debate at the moment.

    As you say it does sound dated at times I think due to the lack of any rhythm section where as the first thing that is put down now is an electronic drumbeat.

    I do have Solsbury Hill and Games without frontier on compilation records but I have a mind to buy a couple of Gabriel’s albums off iTMS.


  2. Glad you enjoyed it Kev! Yes- the process of putting a song together may be a bit different now, and the song does have an obvious carbon datable moment here and there, but it’s validity as a brilliant song overshadow that for me. Glad you could see why. (I knew you would…)


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