Lay Your Hands On Me

Album: Security (1982)
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  • Sat in the corner of the Garden Grill, with plastic flowers on the window sil
    No more miracles, loaves and fishes, been so busy with the washing of the dishes
    Reaction level's much too high - I can do without the stimuli

    I'm living way beyond my ways and means, living in the zone of the inbetweens
    I can see the flashes on the frozen ocean, static charge of the cold emotion
    Watched on by the distant eyes - watched on by the silent hidden spies

    But still the warmth flows through me
    And I sense you know me well
    No luck, no golden chances
    No mitigating circumstances now
    It's only common sense
    There are no accidents around here

    I am willing - lay your hands on me
    I am ready - lay your hands on me
    I believe - lay your hands on me, over me

    Working in gardens, thornless roses, fat men play with their garden hoses
    Poolside laughter has a cynical bite, sausage speared by the cocktail satellite
    I walk away from from light and sound, down stairways leading underground

    But still the warmth flows through me
    And I sense you know me well
    It's only common sense
    There are no accidents around here

    I am willing - lay your hands on me
    I am ready - lay your hands on me
    I believe - lay your hands on me, over me over me

    Lay your hands on me
    Lay your hands on me
    Lay your hands on me, over me Writer/s: PETER GABRIEL
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Jane from Dover, NhYes, he used it for trust. From what I have read, PG believed that if a person was in need, others around them would gather together & help that person. His "stage dive" was about that theory. A lot of the Security album is very deep in its meaning & symbolism & very primitive with the sounds & emotions he evokes. PG 's subjects on the disc range from Carl Jung references to Native American story of fear of loosing their culture to white society . Emotions range from fear & anxiety to jealousy & healing through trust. What PG did with his "stage dive" is he turned his back to the audience & fell straight back, as in a trust game. He would get the audience worked up into a hypnotic like trance with the line "Lay your hands on me" for up to 5 minutes & longer. IT was not about jumping or diving into the crowd. I saw him 2 times as part of the So tour & he performed it in a small venue in Buffalo University as well as in a large one at Brendan Bern Arena in NJ. That was 1986 & 1987. I believe it was the last tour he performed the song as well as the dive. I have never felt what I experienced at those 2 shows anything close to that again. My world was changed. I have been lucky to see PG live 5 times.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InGabriel again using mystical sounds and some very strange lyrics "Walking though gardens/Thornless roses/Fat men playing with garden hoses"
    Still a good song, albeit one that almost never gets on the radio.
  • Eric from Pensacola, FlJust a note that you all above seem to have missed. This is a song about being at a cocktail party and the lead see someone he wants to be with without getting too much attention. Your getting too deep thinking he wrote the song to "connect with the audience," and " healing... sacrifice..." and there is no religious implication. You are correct that he was one of the first to use the stage dive.
  • Walter from Abington, MaFYI: The first stage dive was done by Iggy Pop in 1968...
  • Walter from Abington, MaI heard that he stopped stage diving after he lost his watch...
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnLater in the 1980s, the Thompson Twins and Bon Jovi would each record a song titled "Lay Your Hands On Me." None of these songs had anything in common aside from the title.
  • Steve from Belmont, CaI remember that I saw him at Madison Square Garden in NYC on the Sledgehammer tour, and being a Gabriel guy from way back and being with my 'new to Gabriel' date and a rowdy crowd of kids seeing him for the first time with his new found pop fame - I thought no way will he jump into the crowd anymore ( in the old days they would calmly pass him around as he sung). Then Lay Your Hands On Me started, and I informed my date, that this is the song but he can't - they will tear him up. But sure enough the song ended with him at the edge of the stage, his back to the audience at one of the most rowdiest arenas/towns in the world, and he slowly fell in - and sure enough the crowd grabbed at and twisted him immediately. Two large roadies pulled him back up - 30 seconds longer and he would have been naked and beaten. It was at that point that I realized that this was a religion to him and he was a much better human than most - as is written -- it is about trust.

  • Eric from Lake Forest, CaThe stage dive was an exhibition of trust for Gabriel-hands would pass him almost all around the floor. He would stand facing away from the audience, spread his arms and fall backwards. He would then continue singing.

    He stopped doing this after he became popular-he was getting torn to pieces.
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