Peter Gabriel & Friends — Burn You Up, Burn You Down
Album: Big Blue Ball
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6.9

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Released: 2008
Length: 4:20
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Straight as an arrow
Carry our intentions through the wind
Dogs all around you
But your gonna get the message to your friend

At every rendezvous you keep on looking around
Nighttime in the city and the rain keeps falling down

Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use
Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use

I'll wind blows the road to go
How many times we've told you so
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
No rhyme or reason
No way to make it easy 'til it's done
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
So you cross onto the other side of the street
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
(Burn you up, and I'll burn you down)
Should know better but you keep turning up the heat

Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use
Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use

Oh-oh-ai-ai
(hey hey hey hey)
Make me feel this
(hey hey hey hey)
Hey-ey Hey Hey
(hey hey hey hey)
Make me feel it
(hey hey hey hey)

When they lose you, it can bruise you
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
Break me open, I need someone to see me
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
Make me feel it, make me feel

In the city and the rain is falling down
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
(Burn you up, we gonna burn you down)
You can make it happen with your eyes, with your eyes alone

Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use
Let me tell you how it all works out
Never thought we had so much time to lose
Just learning how to twist and shout
Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use

Break me open
(Let me tell you how it all works out)
(Never thought we had so much time to lose)
Make me feel it
(Just learning how to twist and shout)
(Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use)
Break me open
(Let me tell you how it all works out)
(Never thought we had so much time to lose)
Make me feel it
(You make me feel it)
(Just learning how to twist and shout)
(Doesn't matter much which damn beat you use)

You can make me feel it
You can make me, you can make me, you can make me feel it
You can make me feel it
You can make me feel it
You can make me feel it...
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 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:

Well spotted, you can just see Adolf under the ball on the album cover.

 
Perhaps you are mistaking Lambchop for Adolf?


The entire album, with perhaps one miss, is interesting and enjoyable...
Speaking of doing projects around the house....

I just want to say that the Radio Paradise android app with slide show is absolutely terrific.  

I simply carry the 10" android tablet with small stereo speakers from room to room as I go. 
 worldbeatboy wrote:
hi everyone.  i'm new to RP.  i know, i know…  i'm late.
but saying hi from london, ontario, canada.  

painting my office in my house today.
kinda cool to know i'm not alone….

 


colt4x5 wrote:

London, Ontario — hometown of Gregory Campbell, scrappy winger on the Boston Bruins — and many others.

Do you still like the color you chose?

 

Not sure you'll ever get an answer. worldbeatboy has not made a post since that day.
Straight up wackness. One thing Pete ain't is funky. 
 worldbeatboy wrote:
hi everyone.  i'm new to RP.  i know, i know…  i'm late.
but saying hi from london, ontario, canada.  

painting my office in my house today.
kinda cool to know i'm not alone….

 

 
London, Ontario — hometown of Gregory Campbell, scrappy winger on the Boston Bruins — and many others.

Do you still like the color you chose?
 Sloggydog wrote:
Big Blue Ball - the frustrating story of a teenage Adolf's caravan trip with his family
 
Well spotted, you can just see Adolf under the ball on the album cover.
Can't enough of Peter Gabriel.  He has a way of expressing the pain in his soul like few others.  His concerts are like therapy sessions.
 worldbeatboy wrote:
hi everyone.  i'm new to RP.  i know, i know…  i'm late.
but saying hi from london, ontario, canada.  

painting my office in my house today.
kinda cool to know i'm not alone….
 
Glad you could join us.  We enjoy a wide variety of music here.  
No sheep were hurt in the making of this album cover.......
Ha ha...Atom Heart Mother LP cover revisited....at XXI century
hi everyone.  i'm new to RP.  i know, i know…  i'm late.
but saying hi from london, ontario, canada.  

painting my office in my house today.
kinda cool to know i'm not alone….

 
The album cover makes me think of a cooler, more laid-back version of 'Rover' from The Prisoner...

I'm soooooo glad that Peter Gabriel escaped from the execrable Genesis in good time to develop his own talents, and to RP for exposing me to so much of Gabriel's work, which has radically changed my opinion of him. 8 from the enlightened Nottingham jury.
 Hogtownmike wrote:
Decently funky, but ultimately a redo of Big Time (as was said by others here). Solid 7.

 

I don't really feel the comparison to Big Time, it's less lyric-focused and more radio-style than a lot of his work, but I don't think that makes it a redo of Big Time.
Seems like a PG throwaway. A tune made from others...and never made the cut in the lineup of other hit albums. It's ok...sorta formulaic Peter Gabriel to me.
I sometimes have big blue balls hangin' around--but never just one BBB.
Or even Sledgehammer.

 
mjmurphy61 wrote:
Reminds me of "Big Time", with a more relaxed groove...
 


Decently funky, but ultimately a redo of Big Time (as was said by others here). Solid 7.
Grrrrr-oooo-veeee!!! {#Motor} {#Chillpill}
Booorrrrrriing!
Really people? This seems a little phoned in compared to a lot of his other work.
Big Blue Ball - the frustrating story of a teenage Adolf's caravan trip with his family
 Cynaera wrote:
Ooo - I love that busy background music! This makes me want to dance - lots of interesting things going on in this song. Definitely worth buying! {#Music}
 

We be dancing...  love this song...

miss you, Cynaera...

quite likeable just don't really justify this song. 8 from me
how can this be less than 9 ?!
Reminds me of "Big Time", with a more relaxed groove...
Friday is crawling slowly to beer 'o' clock and this comes on. Thank you so very much RP. 
10
One of the few (only) PG album I don't own. This track is good though, might have to remedy this oversight.
 mandolin wrote:
...talk about a long incubation - this album began recording back in 1991 and wasn't released until 1998, seventeen years later...

I think 1998 - 1991 = 7, not 17.  But what do I know.  :)
 


Ooo - I love that busy background music! This makes me want to dance - lots of interesting things going on in this song. Definitely worth buying! {#Music}
cheesy. and not in a good way.
 Stingray wrote:
ST. PETER!
 

roger that...
image available {#Curtain}

big blue ball
 jeremyleo wrote:
I like this version.  PG did release (sort of) a version of this on an early release of Up, but apparently pulled it off the album because it didn't fit the theme.  Shelved for later release, it seems to have ended up on Big Blue Ball.

Love the bassline.
 
Another version (more similar to the Up one) was included on PG's Hit compilation and released as a single in yet another version (sounding like a cross between the Big Blue Ball and Hit versions). It's the BBB version though that I know from 'offline' alternative radio.


 SmackDaddy wrote:


No I don't
 

Well you should!... don't make me send you outside
Beats the hell out of that crap he released recently with all the covers. And I'm a HUGE fan.
ST. PETER!
I like this version.  PG did release (sort of) a version of this on an early release of Up, but apparently pulled it off the album because it didn't fit the theme.  Shelved for later release, it seems to have ended up on Big Blue Ball.

Love the baseline.

 derekd wrote:
This album is the live captured recordings of a jam session they had in Real World studios some 18 years go. Some songs don't even feature Peter (though this one does). Not my favorite complilation but some of the other tracks are interesting.
  That's why I thought I was listening to an import or something I missed back in the early 90's


...talk about a long incubation - this album began recording back in 1991 and wasn't released until 1998, seventeen years later...
Pilgrim knows the road to go
How many times we've told you so

 bitbanger wrote:
5 -> 7
Gotta like Peter...
 

No I don't
Peter and friends having a ball. Fun stuff.
This album is the live captured recordings of a jam session they had in Real World studios some 18 years go. Some songs don't even feature Peter (though this one does). Not my favorite complilation but some of the other tracks are interesting.
5 -> 7
Gotta like Peter...