Song of the Day #2,954: ‘Games Without Frontiers’ – Peter Gabriel

peter_gabriel_meltPeter Gabriel’s first four solo albums were all titled Peter Gabriel for some reason. His third, released in 1980, is popularly referred to as Melt due to its cover image.

As a kid, I owned this album on vinyl but didn’t play it very often. I remember it best for closing track ‘Biko,’ which I once played at school for an assignment asking us to pick a song about an historical figure. Pretty cool choice for an elementary school, if you ask me.

Aside from ‘Biko’ and today’s SOTD, ‘Games Without Frontiers,’ I’m not hearing many songs on Melt that move me. Admittedly, Gabriel’s exotic rhythms are an acquired taste and maybe a few more listens would do the trick, but I’ll be sticking with So when I need a Peter Gabriel fix.

[Refrain: Kate Bush]
Jeux sans frontières

[Verse 1: Peter Gabriel]
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

If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers, war without tears
If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers, war without tears
Games without frontiers, war without tears

[Refrain: Kate Bush]
Jeux sans frontières

[Verse 2: Peter Gabriel]
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 treetops, 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

If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers, war without tears
If looks could kill, they probably will
In games without frontiers, war without tears
Games without frontiers, war without tears

[Refrain: Kate Bush]
Jeux sans frontières

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,954: ‘Games Without Frontiers’ – Peter Gabriel

  1. Dana says:

    So, my confession on this song is that I always thought the refrain was “she’s so f*#%able.” I had no idea until seeing the lyrics today that what was actual,y being sung was some French phrase.😄

    Anyway, I’ve always liked this song and “Biko,” but I don’t think I ever owned or heard the rest of the album.

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