This was slowly written over three listens.
I was aiming to avoid imagery (I think) and I mostly succeeded.
Still, this doesn’t say too much about the song, though maybe that’s okay.
I hope you enjoy.
Woodwind comes in, soft, gentle, though not without a sense of something off.
Sounds hum in the background as the woodwind continues its movement, then when it is time they come more to the forefront. A sense of something building underneath becomes apparent; there is tension and perhaps there is anger. The rhythm, faint, stays steady, almost rolling forward, marching with the music that almost feels like a dirge. It is dry and sparse, though also very full.
Peter Gabriel’s vocals come in, not quite shouting and not quite howling. Distant, calling out. Pleading, rising and falling and rising in power. Underneath the music rolls and flows, rising in its drama.
Upon Gabriel’s final word the sounds pull back for a moment, then shifts, almost as though dawn has come. There is a shift and whilst the music remains dark, it starts to find something shifting away from a sense of hopelessness. Peter Gabriel calls out in the background, sounding vague, yet impassioned. Hope and determination come forward, and the music warmly drones as the song ends.