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"I Grieve" was conceived after Gabriel looked over his catalogue of music as if it were a catalogue of emotional tools. He found one major missing tool to be one to cope with death and therefore "I Grieve" was born.I think Gabriel's canon/cannon (including his songs with Genesis ) is full of tools to help him/us grieve/lament/deal with death.. ("With only one colour, dead" etc etc)
"I Grieve" wiki (hear him say this on the 9/11 video below)
One of my favorites (though not officially about death, but death of a relationship):
This old familiar craving/I've been here before/ this way of behaving/Don't know who the hell I'm saving anymore/Let it pass let it go let it leave/From the deepest place I grieve/This time I believe....
Peter Gabriel - Love to be loved from Al Ex on Vimeo.
Also, note..he quoted himself (from the song above) to the song at hand ("I Grieve").
Two naked words we don't say enough in/as church.
I grieve not grieving.
Of course, any song dealing with grief/death is transferrable to new contexts,concerts, and Sitz Im Leben situations ("U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday is a classic example; see this):
Gabriel performed the song live on the television show "Larry King Weekend" on the one-year anniversary of 9/11, during which Gabriel said that his two daughters were living in New York City on 9/11 and he could not contact them for a while, and that this song was for people who didn't hear anything from their
relatives then. It was not, however, written specifically for 9/11, having appeared on the City of Angels soundtrack in 1998 (in an earlier version) and
prior to 9/11. "I Grieve" wiki