Steam

Album: Us (1992)
Charted: 10 32
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  • Stand Back!
    Stand Back!

    What are those dogs doing sniffing at my feet
    They're on to something, picking up
    Picking up this heat, this heat

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as anything you've seen
    Get a life with this dreamer's dream

    You know your culture from your trash
    You know your plastic from your cash
    When I lose sight of the track
    You know the way back
    But I know you

    You know your stripper from your paint
    You know your sinner from your saint
    Whenever heaven's doors are shut
    You kick them open but
    I know you

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as any place you've been
    Get a life with the dreamer's dream

    Stand back!
    Stand back!
    Can't you see I've lost control I'm getting indiscreet
    You're moving in so close 'til I'm picking up
    Picking up this heat, this heat

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as anything you've seen
    Get a life with this dreamer's dream

    You know your green from your red
    You know the quick from the dead
    So much better than the rest
    You think you've been blessed
    But I know you

    You know your ladder from your snake
    You know the throttle from the brake
    You know your straight line from a curve
    You've got a lot of nerve
    But I know you

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as any place you've been
    Get a life with the dreamer's dream

    Everybody nosedive
    Hold your breath, count to five
    Backslap, boobytrap,
    Cover it up in bubblewrap
    Room shake, earthquake
    Find a way to stay awake
    It's going to blow, it's going to break
    This is more than I can take

    Oh yeah, I need steam
    Feel the steam all around me
    Ah you're turning up the heat
    When I start to dream aloud
    See you move your hands and feet
    Won't you step into this cloud of steam
    This steam

    Give me steam
    And how you feel to make it real
    Real as anything you've seen
    Get a life with this dreamer's dream

    Help me yeah
    Ready to steam out the log jam
    Stir crazy from the freezer to the boil
    Water's bubbling, it's b..b..b..bubbling
    Bubbling
    Bubbling
    Bubbling
    Bubbling
    Like it's coming to a boil
    Give me steam, lady
    Give me steam around me now
    Aah coming alive
    Aah coming alive
    Said give me some steamWriter/s: PETER GABRIEL
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 10

  • Chris from Germany For one like me born in the late 1980s this song was one of those whose clip was played on MTV every day at least 5 times back in 1991.

    And I admit that now I found out that Gabriel was in Genesis. Genesis? Peter Gabriel in my eyes had always been innovative, progressive and one of the pioneers of that music which is nowadays called Alternative Rock.

    After releasing Digging In The Dirt this song was not so dark and sad but more catchy and funny.
  • Dave from Moscow, Russia FederationOne of Gabriel's catchiest and stupidest songs.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaThis song was great live on his '93-'94 World Tour...
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaGreat song, this is Gabriel's best.
  • Chris from Claremont, CaI remember as a kid watching this video, the only part I remember is where he is in a suana with various women.
  • Hunta from St. Louis, Mowow, i just went to youtube and watched it. THAT VIDEO IS ON CRACK! lol, but i like it. good song.
  • Beryl from New York, NyI just downloaded this song. It is different than Sledge, but it still rocks! It rocks a little better than Sledge. I bet the strip clubs play these two songs. It fits. Sledgehammer and Steam are two very sexy songs. If Bob Fosse were still alive, I am sure he would have choreographed some good bump and grind moves to these two songs!
  • Liane from Reading, PaIs this the video where at one point he gets out of a limo and there are people sort of groveling at his feet?

    It's a really weird video
  • Jana from Lee, NhI don't think it's fair to call "Steam" a knock-off of "Sledgehammer". The songs harbor a large handfull of differences from eachother, and to call one a knock-off of the other robs it of its individual greatness. I love both songs!
  • Travis from Somwhere, United StatesWhen Gabriel performed this song at the 1993 Grammys, he planned on wearing the muscle suit and speedo (featured in the video), until he saw, in the audience, his 60s soul idols that inspired the song.
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