1/8/12

Sunday Downloads - My Body Is a Cage

There's a new movie with Disney coming out called "John Carter."  This film is about cowboys and aliens.  A juxtaposition I love. (Though the rest of the country does not, with the flop of "Cowboys vs. Aliens.") The preview for the movie features a Peter Gabriel song "My Body Is a Cage."  As most of you already know, Peter Gabriel has a very imaginative sound blended with an orchestra.  This song is so poetic, full of longing and pain.  I love it!

I first heard this song on an episode of "House" last year, but for the life me I could not find who sang it.  And since it doesn't sound like the classic Peter Gabriel voice we grew up with, I did not recognize his voice. But now I have discovered it and want to share it with you.

Here is the Peter Gabriel version during the "House" episode.  It will not let me embed the video so click here to watch.

Well, you know how I love multiple versions of the same song...Here is Arcade Fire's version.  Edited with one of my childhood favorite movies "Once Upon a Time in the West"  (Charles Bronson was da bomb!) One of the best Saturday Matinee movies on television, with the coolest twist ending.  (Movie spoiler if you've never seen it.)



Lyrics to "My Body Is a Cage" by Peter Gabriel


My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

I'm standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It's a hollow play
But they'll clap anyway

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I'm living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I'm living in an age
Whose name I don't know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a

My body is a cage
We take what we're given
Just because you've forgotten
That don't mean you're forgiven

I'm living in an age
That screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There's no one in sight

I'm living in an age
That laughs
When I'm dancing
With the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You're standing next to me
My mind holds the key

Set my spirit free
Set my spirit free
Set my body free
Set my body free

Set my spirit free
Set my body free

4 comments :

  1. Wow...he does an awesome job covering this song! So haunting. I love Peter Gabriel. I really need to check out this cover album of his. The only other one I've heard from it is his cover of Flume by Bon Iver. Have you heard that one?

    http://thisbonustrack.com/2011/05/08/peter-gabriel-flume/

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  2. Jessica - it IS haunting! I love Bon Iver. i will so go check out this "Flume" you speak of. I've tapped into an amazing music vein via youtube. My music playlist just increased tenfold.

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  3. For some reason I do not understand el husband HATES this song -- he cringes every time he hears it in the John Carter trailer. I'm not sure why they used it for John Carter, personally, since John Carter's body is anything BUT a cage for him when he arrives on Mars (LOVE the books so much!! have you read them?) but I find the song to be really haunting and surreal, which matches at least how I think it would feel to realize you are suddenly transported to another planet. Ha.

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  4. Coolness extraordinaire. I should just turn my iTunes account over to you so you can populate it with your fab taste in tunes.

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