Sledgehammer

by Peter Gabriel

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Lyrics for Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel:

Intro
Hey, hey, you
Tell me how have you been?

Verse 1
You could have a steam train
If you just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back
All you do is call me
I'll be anything you need

Verse 2
You could have a big dipper
Going up and down, all around the bends
You could have a bumper car, bumping
This amusement never ends

Chorus 1
I wanna be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name?
Oh, let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony

Verse 3
Show me 'round your fruit cage
'Cause I will be your honey bee
Open up your fruit cage
Where the fruit is as sweet as can be

Chorus 2
I wanna be your sledgehammer
Why don't you call my name?
You'd better call the sledgehammer
Put your mind at rest
I'm going to be the sledgehammer
This can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
Let there be no doubt about it

Post-Chorus
Sledge, sledge
Sledgehammer

Interlude

Outro
I get it right
I kicked the habit
Kicked the habit, kicked the habit
Shed my skin
Shed my skin
This is the new stuff
This is the new stuff
I go dancing in
We can go dancing in
Oh, won't you show for me?
Show for me
I will show for you
Show for you
Show for me
Show for me
Oh, I will show for you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I do mean you
Show for me
Only you
You been coming through
Show for you
I'm gonna build that power
Build, build up that power, hey
Show for me
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
Show for you
Gonna feel that power, hey, build in you
Show for me
Come on, come on, help me do
Come on, come on, help me do
Show for you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you
Show for me
I've been feeding the rhythm
I've been feeding the rhythm
Show for you
It's what we're doing, doing
All day and night
Show for me
Come on, come on, help me do
Come on, come on, help me do
Show for you
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, you
Show for me
I've been feeding the rhythm...

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Song Facts

The second track off of Peter Gabriel’s 1986 album So. It also provided Gabriel with his only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking in July 1986).

The song is centered around Gabriel trying to woo someone, and uses a LOT of sexual innuendo. The titular sledgehammer is a pretty obvious phallic symbol.

“Sledgehammer” was heavily influenced by 60s soul – specifically songs released by the Stax label – to the point that Peter Gabriel hired Wayne Jackson of Stax’s Memphis Horns to lead his horn section for this song.

The music video for this song was influential, and is MTV’s most played music video to date. The video is almost entirely stop-motion animation, created with the help of Aardman Animations, the company that would later make the Wallace and Gromit films.

The music video was also used in the Atari Jaguar CD game “Vid Grid”, a sliding puzzle game where you must put the music video together.

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