Shaking The Tree

Album: Shaking The Tree (1990)
Charted: 61

Songfacts®:

  • Gabriel's statement about taking action to do something about the problems in the world.
  • The title of Gabriel's 1990 Greatest Hits album.
  • Written with Youssou N'Dour, an African musician Gabriel admires.
  • Deals with the women's movement in Africa, where men traditionally allow them very few rights.

Comments: 4

  • Tim from Springfield, MaIf I'm not mistaken this was in the movie Junlge 2 Jungle. Brilliant song, I wish it was played on the radio more.
  • Steve from Belmont, CaOne of the best inspirational songs for women there is.
  • Nicole from Apple Valley, MnA remix of this song was recorded for "The Wild Thornberrys" in 2002. It features Shaggy and Youssou N'Dour along with Peter Gabriel.
  • Justin from Felts Mills, NyThis is one of Peter Gabriel's most inspirational songs, right up there with "In Your Eyes" and "Biko." It truly rocks.
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