This is about "Saint Vitus' Dance," which is a nervous disorder called chorea that which causes rapid jerking motions in its victims. Usually affecting children, it is associated with rheumatic fever. In the Middle Ages it's victims prayed to St. Vitus, who was said to have the cure.
Gabriel got the idea from a book about Middle Ages epidemics.
This was the first track on Gabriel's first solo release.
The London Symphony Orchestra plays on this.
Gabriel recorded this in the grandiose style similar to the work he was doing with Genesis before he left on The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
This was released as the B-side of "Solsbury Hill," Gabriel's first solo single.
Jim from Hammond, InThe flipside to Solsbury Hill.
Charlie from Nyc, Nyi liked this song very much. i have this cd and put it on my cd player and pump up the volume. i became a die hard fan of peter gabriel on this cd. saw him at msg back in the late 90's early 2000's with digging in the dirt and steam. Charlie Muller Jr Bronx NY
Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this song very-Lamb Lies Down on Broadwayish..