I Grieve

Album: City Of Angels Soundtrack (1998)
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  • Peter Gabriel wrote this song about love extending beyond death. Released in 1998, it was his first new recording since 1994.
  • This was used in the 1998 movie City Of Angels, which was loaded with songs by big-name artists. Also on the soundtrack, which was a #1 album in America, are "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette, "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix, and "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan.

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  • Ciera from Billings, MtThis song is about the profound imprint that one life leaves on another, not necessarily just depression or even just about grief. It's a celebration of life. When someone close to you dies, their memories, the qualities that made them who they are, don't simply vanish overnight; they stick with you. This song is a tribute to that effect that people have upon one another.
  • Alex from Atlanta, GaI Grieve obviously relates to death, depression, love and generally Grief itself. It goes from the moment after death and ends when depression has been defeated by the idea that life will carry on after someone's death. "Life carries on in the people I meet. In everyone who's out on the street. In all the dogs and cats, in all the flies and rats, in the rot and the rust, in the ashes and the dust. Life carries on and on and on and on."
  • T2000 from Brest, Francethis song was written at the sexpistol's time for the death of one of PG's friends...
    Such a beautifull song! Touch you so deep, but dont know why PG waited so much time before putting it on an album.. Too much personnal maybe
    I want it for my funeral..
  • Athena from Phoenix, AzPeter Gabriel sang this song live on Larry King's show for the 1 year anniversary of 9/11.
  • Alicia from Atlanta, GaThis song is THE ONLY song I've heard that describes the pain of losing a loved one perfectly. Geri hit it with the word epitomizes. I have not heard another song to compare with this one that explains the feelings of losing someone close to you. ~Alicia
  • Galia from Santiago, ChileUSed in the 100th episode of Smallville "Reckoning" during the funeral scene of Clark's father...
  • Geri from Nova Scotia, CanadaI love artisits that make me feel something, Peter Gabriel has the most profound, heartrending quality to his voice in this song. If you've lost a loved one, his voice in this song epitomizes the loneliness you feel in missing someone that is gone.
  • Jesse from Mesa, AzThis song was also included on Gabriel's 2002 album "Up."
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