OTB Latenight – Peter Gabriel

I’ve always thought this song is about Jesus’ Crucifixion:

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  1. WR says:

    I think it’s actually about Peter Gabriel’s decision to leave Genesis. But like any worthwhile work of art, it’s open to interpretation, and it’s a lovely song either way.

  2. Christopher says:

    If you think the song is about Jesus’ crucifixion, you probably aren’t that religious and/or need to read more about the crucifixion and what it means.

    If you are not a Christian, then the whole idea of Jesus and the crucifixion really don’t mean anything at all to you, and would be just a nice little story of fantasy. If you are indeed a Christian, then the crucifixion means everything.

  3. Dodd says:

    The only rational way I can read your response is that the song does not speak to your ideas about the Crucifixion. That is not to say that they song doesn’t speak to someone else’s.

    In any event, it’s generally a bad idea to tell other people what does or does not mean something to them — or, for that matter, what something does or should mean to them.

  4. Christopher says:

    Why the heck are you here on OTB then???

    Plus, I don’t have any “ideas” on the crucifixion. I just go by what the bible says, which is pretty much the definitive source on Jesus. How you can equate a Peter Gabriel song to the crucifixion is your business, but I don’t see how it has anything to do with it, not by a long shot, in any form.

    Jesus died for our sins. He took on our sins as he lay nailed to the cross, and God turned momentarily away from him, causing excruciating pain for Jesus, pain from being away from God even for a moment. All we need is to believe in Jesus and our sins will be forgiven, and we will be brought into the kingdom of heaven.

    Believe, Dodd. For the sake of your immortal soul, believe.

  5. Dodd says:

    I’m not on OTB to discuss my spiritual beliefs or force them on others, that’s for sure. Nor am I here to conform my interpretations of art to your spiritual beliefs. So there’s little point in continuing this discussion.

  6. Christopher says:


    Dude, you should read your original posting.

  7. Dodd says:

    Clearly you’re confused. I expressed an opinion as to the meaning of a work of art. Nothing more, nothing less.