Hit And Miss Love Booking.

A longtime passion of mine, Peter Gabriel is the epitamy of reinvention and longevity. If I could make my music career last half as long as his, well, that would be really weird, because I don’t have a music career.

I’ve posted about PG (as I like to call him (but he’s not a big fan of me calling him it – that crazy PG!)) before, and while there’s always been a few songs of his that have tempted me to post, there’s one that pushed me over the edge.

However, I am warning you now – I’ve always found Gabriel’s voice is divisive, to be honest. There are those that love it, those that tolerate it, and those that turn it off, and I have a feeling that this won’t be the most popular post I’ve ever made. But hey – if you love Get Your Melancholy On (and, by extension, therefore love me)…

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Beginning with a string section that wouldn’t feel out of place in a big room of string sections, Peter’s immediately recognisable voice intones through the first verse.

However, at 0:45, a beautiful vocal switch occurs, and growing violins swell until, at 1:32, a second vocalist adds another depth to the proceedings.

And of course, there’s those lyrics…

The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It’s full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing
But I
I love it when you read to me
And you
You can read me anything

The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything

The book of love is long and boring
And written very long ago
It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes
And things we’re all too young to know
But I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
And I
I love it when you give me things
And you
You ought to give me wedding rings
You ought to give me wedding rings

Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love

www: Peter’s official website and MySpace.

1 comment

  1. This song was originally written and performed by The Magnetic Fields! You should check their version out. I do love PG’s because of the orchestration, but the bare bones song is also lovely.

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