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Don’t give up

Xavier-Aurélien Racine
Xavier-Aurélien Racine, 08/06/2022

“In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail
No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I’ve changed my face, I’ve changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don’t give up ’cause you have friends
Don’t give up, you’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up, I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we’d be last to go
It is so strange the way things turn
Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don’t give up, you still have us
Don’t give up, we don’t need much of anything
Don’t give up, ’cause somewhere there’s a place where we belong

Rest your head, you worry too much
It’s going to be alright
When times get rough, you can fall back on us
Don’t give up, please don’t give up
Got to walk out of here, I can’t take any more
Gonna stand on that bridge, keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come and whatever may go
That river’s flowing, that river’s flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Don’t give up ’cause you have friends
Don’t give up, you’re not the only one
Don’t give up, no reason to be ashamed
Don’t give up, you still have us
Don’t give up now, we’re proud of who you are
Don’t give up, you know it’s never been easy
Don’t give up ’cause I believe there’s a place
There’s a place where we belong

Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up
Don’t give up, don’t give up, don’t give up”

Don’t give up
Peter Gabriel

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Animal Nation

Xavier-Aurélien Racine , 01/06/2022

I didn’t meet you in the jungle
Swinging from a tree
I sat down at the piano
You were playing with me
I couldn’t believe all the things you could do

The apes I’ve seen were in the zoo

They say we are unique with this language that we speak
But you have proved them wrong
Skinner and Chomsky, how could they be so blind
With evidence this strong?

Intelligent life is all around us
Intelligent life is all around us

When you watch King Kong or The Planet of the Apes
Upon your video screen
When the animals die, tears fill your eye
And you question what you’ve seen

Intelligent life is all around us

Intelligent life is all around us

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Look in your eyes
That’s where I come from

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Talk to me now
I am listening

You can search the internet
You can use your video phone
To call another friend
If we gave you all the tools
You can do whatever you want
Who knows when this will end

Intelligent life is all around us

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Look in your eyes
That’s where I come from

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Talk to me now
I am listening

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Look in your eyes
That’s where we come from

Hey, bonobo woman
Hey, bonobo man
Talk to us now
We are listening

Bonobo calling me now x12

Starting to hear the things you’ve said
Getting to know what’s going on in your head
There’s no humans on the line
But there’ll be plenty more there in good time
Dolphins, cats, and elephants
This is not some wild romance
Just look in their eyes and say it’s not true
Look in their eyes, they’re checking out you

Communication with the Animal Nation
We are in communication with the Animal Nation x20

Peter Gabriel

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Make tomorrow

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, 18/05/2022

Put on the dress in which you were married
Pull down the veil til your eyes are hid
Can you remember where we both came from
Let us do as we did

Look at tomorrow today
Making tomorrow today
Making tomorrow today
Making tomorrow today
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today

Put back the photo under your window
Put down the phone that you hold in your hand
Put away these things that stand in between us
Let us be what we can
When it seems
Hopeless
When it seems

Hopeless

Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today

What better measure of what you were doing here
Then what you can leave behind
All the children of your children’s children
Do you ever think what they’re going to find
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow

Where the sacred meet the scared
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow
Where the dreamer’s dream is dared

In each of us
A dream can burn like the sun
Let’s try it all one more time
To get this lesson learned

Sitting up in a spaceship
Looking down at the earth
You wonder what they all stuggling for
What’s it all really worth
Making tomorrow today
Making tomorrow today
Make tomorrow
Make tomorrow

Peter Gabriel

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Downside-Up

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, 11/05/2022
Xavier-Aurélien Racine,11/05/2022

I looked up at the tallest building
Felt it falling down
I could feel my balance shifting
Everything was moving around
These streets so fixed and solid
Ah shimmering haze
And everything that I relied on disappeared

Downside up, upside down
Take my weight from the ground
Falling deep in the sky
Slipping in the unknown
All the strangers look like family
All the family looks so strange
The only constant I am sure of
Is this accelerating rate of change

Downside up, upside down
Take my weight off the ground
Falling deep in the sky
Slipping in the unknown

I stand here
Watch you spinning
Until I am drawn in
A centripetal force
You pull me in

Pull me in
Pull me in
Pull me in
Pull me in
Pull me in

Ovo ovo ovo
Ovo ovo ovo
Ovo ovo ovo

Ovo ovo ovo
Ovo ovo ovo
Ovo ovo ovo

Downside up
Upside down
Take my weight off the ground
Falling deep in the sky
Slipping into the unknown

Peter Gabriel

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The Book of Love


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
You ought to give me wedding rings

Peter Gabriel

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Sky Blue


Lost my time lost my place in
Sky blue
Those two blue eyes light your face in
Sky blue
I know how to fly, I know how to drown in
Sky blue
Warm wind blowing over the earth
Sky blue
I sing through the land, the land sings through me
Sky blue
Reaching into the deepest shade of
Sky blue


Sky blue
So tired of all this travelling
So many miles away from home
I keep moving to be stable
Free to wander, free to roam


Train pulled out said my goodbyes
Sky blue
Back on the road alone with the sky
Sky blue
There’s a presence here no one denies
Sky blue
Sky blue


Sky blue
So tired of all this travelling
So many miles away from home
I keep moving to be stable
Free to wander, free to roam


I can hear the same voice calling
Crying out, from my heart
And that cry, what a cry
What a cry, it’s going to be
If I can stop to let it out, oh

Peter Gabriel

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That voice again


Oh, I’m listening to the conversation
Judge and jury in my head
It’s colouring everything
All we did and said
And still I hear that sharp tongue talking
Talking tangled words
I can sense the danger
Just listen to the wind

I wanna be with you, I wanna be clear
But each time I try, it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again


I want you close, I want you near
I can’t help but listen, but I don’t wanna hear
Hear that voice again


And I wanna be with you, I wanna be clear
But each time I try, it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again


Oh, I’m hearing right and wrong so clearly
There must be more than this
It’s only in uncertainty
That we’re naked and alive
I hear it through the rattle of a streetcar
Hear it through the things you said
I can get so scared
Listen to the wind


I want you close, I want you near
I can’t help but listen, but I don’t want to hear
Hear that voice again
What I carry in my heart
Brings us so close or so far apart
Only love can make love


And I want you close and I want you near
I can’t help but listen, but I don’t wanna hear
I hear that voice again


I wanna be with you, I wanna be clear
But each time I try, it’s the voice I hear
I hear that voice again

Peter Gabriel

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We Do What We’re Told


We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
Told to do


We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
We do what we’re told
Told to do


One doubt
One voice
One war
One truth
One dream

Peter Gabriel

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San Jacinto

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, 06/04/2022

Thick cloud, steam rising
Hissing stone on sweat lodge fire
Around me, buffalo roam
Sage in bundle, rub on skin
Outside, cold air
Stand, wait for rising sun
Red paint, eagle feathers
Coyote calling, it has begun
Something moving in
I taste it in my mouth and in my heart
It feels like dying, slow
Letting go of life

(Hyena wakan tanka)
(Hyena wakan tanka)
(Hyena wakan tanka)
(Hyena wakan tanka)
(Hyena wakan tanka)
(Hyena wakan tanka)

Medicine man lead me up through town
Indian ground, so far down
Cut up land, each house a pool
Kids wearing water wings, drink in cool
Follow dry river bed
Watch Scouts and Guides make pow-wow signs
Past Geronimo’s disco
Sitting Bull steakhouse, white men dream
A rattle in the old man’s sack, see
Look at mountain top, keep climbing up
Way above us the desert snow
White wind blow

I hold the line, the line of strength that pulls me through the fear
San Jacinto, I hold the line
San Jacinto, the poison bite and darkness take my sight
I hold the line
And the tears roll down my swollen cheek
Think I’m losing it, getting weaker
I hold the line, I hold the line
San Jacinto, yellow eagle flies down from the sun, from the sun

We will walk on the land
We will breathe of the air
We will drink from the stream
We will live, hold the line
Hold the line, hold the line
We will live, hold the line
Hold the line, hold the line

Peter Gabriel San Jancito

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Kiss That Frog

Xavier-Aurélien Racine 01/04/2022

Jump in the water

Sweet little princess
Let me introduce his frogness
You alone can get him singing
He’s all puffed up, wanna be your king
Oh you can do it
C’mon [x6]
Lady kiss that frog

Splash, dash heard your call
Bring you back your golden ball
He’s gonna dive down in the deep end
He’s gonna be just like your best friend
So what’s one little kiss
One tiny little touch
Aaah, he’s wanting it so much
I swear that this is royal blood
Running through my skin
Oh can you see the state I’m in
Kiss it better, Kiss it better
(Kiss that frog)

Get it into your royal head
He’s living with you, he sleeps in your bed
Can’t you hear beyond the croaking
Don’t you know that I’m not joking
Aaah, you think you won’t
I think you will
Don’t you know that this tongue can kill
C’mon [x6]
Lady kiss that frog

Let him sit beside you
Eat right off your plate
You don’t have to be afraid
There’s nothing here to hate
Ah, princess you might like it
If you lower your defence
Kiss that frog, and you will
Get your prince [x2]
(Huh!)

Jump in the water, c’mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water, c’mon baby get wet with me
Jump in the water, c’mon baby jump in with me
Jump in the water, c’mon baby get wet (get wet, get wet)

Kiss that frog, lady kiss that frog [x4]

Jump in the water, c’mon baby jump in with me [x3]
Jump in the water, c’mon baby get wet
(get wet, get wet) [x6]

Peter Gabriel

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Games Without Frontiers

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, 22/03/2022

Hans plays with Lotte, Lotte plays with Jane
Jane plays with Willi, Willi is happy again
Suki plays with Leo, Sacha plays with Britt
Adolf builds a bonfire, Enrico plays with it

Whistling tunes we hide in the dunes by the seaside
Whistling tunes we’re kissing baboons in the jungle

It’s a knockout

[2x]
If looks could kill,
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears

Games without frontiers
War without tears

Jeux sans frontières [3x]

Andre has a red flag, Chiang Ching’s is blue
They all have hills to fly them on except for Lin Tai Yu
Dressing up in costumes, playing silly games
Hiding out in tree-tops shouting out rude names

Whistling tunes we hide in the dunes by the seaside
Whistling tunes we piss on the goons in the jungle

It’s a knockout

[2x]
If looks could kill,
They probably will
In games without frontiers
War without tears

Games without frontiers
War without tears

Jeux sans frontières

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Signal To Noise

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, Signal To Noise

You know the way that things go
When what you fight for starts to fall
And in that fuzzy picture
The writing stands out on the wall
So clearly on the wall

Send out the signals deep and loud

And in this place, can you reassure me
With a touch, a smile – while the cradle’s burning
All the while the world is turning to noise
Oh the more that it’s surrounding us
The more that it destroys
Turn up the signal
Wipe out the noise

Send out the signal deep and loud

Man I’m losing sound and sight
Of all those who can tell me wrong from right
When all things beautiful and bright
Sink in the night
Yet there’s still something in my heart
That can find a way
To make a start
To turn up the signal
Wipe out the noise

Signal To Noise, Peter Gabriel 2002

Hommage à Philippe Mohlitz

Nuage

Echo photographique à l’oeuvre gravé de Philippe Mohlitz, Nuage en 1985.

Xavier-Aurélien Racine, Nuage

— Qui aimes-tu le mieux, homme énigmatique, dis ? ton père, ta mère, ta sœur ou ton frère ?

— Je n’ai ni père, ni mère, ni sœur, ni frère.

— Tes amis ?

— Vous vous servez là d’une parole dont le sens m’est resté jusqu’à ce jour inconnu.

— Ta patrie ?

— J’ignore sous quelle latitude elle est située.

— La beauté ?

— Je l’aimerais volontiers, déesse et immortelle.

— L’or ?

— Je le hais comme vous haïssez Dieu.

— Eh ! qu’aimes-tu donc, extraordinaire étranger ?

— J’aime les nuages… les nuages qui passent… là-bas… là-bas… les merveilleux nuages !

L’étranger Charles Baudelaire