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Many Voices -- Many Languages -- Much Joy

Without my pride, I reach out from the inside.

Here's one of the great rock love songs of all time performed with an all-star choir in happy recognition of both the song and artist’s stature: Gloria Estefan, Natalie Merchant, and Joan Osborne –– who not long after this would become the lead singer of no less than The (Grateful) Dead. It’s quite the world beat blast that this nomadic WOMAD has been conjuring up in his musical magician’s laboratory lo these many years.

This is Gabriel during one of the many peaks of his career, a couple of summers after he closed Woodstock ’94 in the Hendrix slot and had been leading his WOMAD world-beat tours around the globe for years. This is a songwriter who hears in many languages and composes in many voices, and needs both genders and all races to bring it to life.

That’s a young Tony Rich, the R&B singer, on the end of the choir line, and the famous Pakistani spiritualist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the other vocal riff. It’s such a tribute that the great singer Gloria Estefan is in the choir but never takes a solo turn. And Tim Robbins introducing happens because Gabriel and Ali Khan had just done the soundtrack for his Dead Man Walking movie.

Once again, Gabriel and this song prove how we could get by without every instrument man ever invented –– except for the drums.

May the beat carry you far.

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Peter Gabriel, & Paul Simon, such masters of world beat, love em! I wonder though, is this a love song to GOD or to a woman?

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