Tear Jerker: Peter Gabriel

This former front man of Genesis has a lot of incredibly depressing songs.

  • "Blood of Eden", especially the Carnivale fanvid, is cover of The Magnetic Fields "The Book of Love". The song earns extra points by being pretty darn hilarious as well.
  • One Word: "Biko".
  • "Father, Son".
  • The quiet, ending section of "Family Snapshot" (a song about Lee Harvey Oswald, or someone similar; Gabriel has sourced inspiration to Arthur Bremer, the attempted assassin of George Wallace).
    All turned quiet. I have been here before
    A lonely boy, hiding behind the front door
    Friends have all gone home... there's my toy gun on the floor
    Come back Mom and Dad
    You're growing apart, you know that I'm growing up sad
    I need some attention
    I shoot into the light.
  • "Don't Give Up" is a prime example. Sounds like a cheesy title, but the lyrics, melody and Kate Bush doing supporting vocals all make it really work.
    • And then there's Shannon Noll and Natalie Bassingthwaighte's cover...
  • "My Body Is A Cage", originally by Arcade Fire, has always been a tearjerker. Peter Gabriel took it and made it a triumphant one.
    • Pretty much all of Scratch My Back.
  • "Here Comes the Flood".
  • Two words: "I Grieve". Especially when you take into account the real-life inspiration behind the song: Gabriel's daughters were in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, and he had no way of contacting them to make sure they were okay. He has said that this song is dedicated to people who have been in similar situations.
  • "Red Rain" as well.
  • "Sky Blue".
  • "The Drop".
    One by one, they're going out
    You watch them dim
    One by one, you watch them fall
    And wonder where they're falling to.
  • "Wallflower" from Security veers between this and Heartwarming Music.
  • "Home Sweet Home".
  • "Mercy Street".
    Anne with her father
    Is out in the boat
    Riding the water
    Riding the waves
    On the sea...

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