Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer Meaning
if you'd 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
you could have a big dipper
going up and down, all around...
A "Sledgehammer" in addict parlance is a person that acts like a "Mentor" in Alcoholics Anonymous. The "Sledgehammer" breaks the needles. "You show for me, and I will show for you" means "when I need help to not shoot up, you come and help me, and I will do the same for you". This is not a song about sex at all. Many of his songs are about getting off heroin and free-basing. Grow up, people, and join the rest of us adults.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2017 10:24am report
Good pure physical love.
anonymous May 26th, 2017 5:46am report
Fuckwits, sex and drugs, heroin..
anonymous May 19th, 2017 5:48pm report
You could interpret it as being a conversation between God and man, if you wanted to.
It's a song. It can mean whatever it means to you because of how it effects you or doesn't affect you.
But according to Peter Gabriel it's a song about sex. Why would he feel the need to lie about it? And who gives a shit either way? Don't take everything so seriously.
anonymous Jan 29th, 2017 1:59pm report
It's about drugs freebase to be exact laydown your tracks which is shooting heroin you could have a big dipper freebase cocaine
anonymous Feb 26th, 2016 2:37pm report
Seriously, some of you people need to go back to elementary school ! Bad grammar, spelling, etc. Anyway, obiously a "Subtle Lyrical Sex Song"....Totaly Awesome, those of you who don't get the clear message...well it's sad, but go back to school...this world and country is filled with plenty of Lazy, Rude, Uneducated, Incoherent, people as it is...Step up and take a chance on yourself
anonymous Nov 21st, 2015 11:46am report
Peter Gabriel said the song was full of euphemisms for intercourse.
anonymous Apr 12th, 2015 4:38pm report
It's a song about drugs, not sex - about trying to entice someone back into a life of drugs. Watch the video!
anonymous Nov 17th, 2014 11:35am report
This is absolutely about sex but not in a nasty way. It's smooth and fun and a downright awesome song.
anonymous May 5th, 2014 5:21pm report
This song has very little to do with sex. It's about Peter Gabriel changing his music style. Go listen to it again.
anonymous Jan 10th, 2014 1:24am report
Of course it is about sex and love. There is one passage that I have always wondered about though. "Show for me, won't you show for me, I will show for you" My son is a musician and a band he was in covered this tune and the lyrics they transcribed were "Cheufeur me." Being British (PG)I assumed it was a soccer reference - tactical offense requires you "show" for your offensive partner to be available for a pass - I think this is what it means.
MaggieStar Nov 25th, 2013 11:25am report
This song is about sex but has nothing to do with a dirty mind. It is about him offering his masculine strength for her feminine receptivity. The point is he wants to be HER sledgehammer!
It is obvious if you read the rest of the lyrics:
Show me round your fruitcage
cause I will be your honey bee
He also says he's kicked the habit, which suggests that he may be seeing her as a more permanent relationship potential, no longer just wanting to 'sow his wild oats'.
I think this song can be viewed on many levels. In tantra energy sex is sacred and there is male and female energy in both partners. When love ripens and becomes permanent there is the potential for a wonderful exchange of energy between the two. Two dont just become one, each becomes stronger in their own right because of the exchange.
Of course this is a popular song made to appeal to the masses so it has the earthy sexual overtones of Mr Gabriel himself which is why it appeals to so many people.
anonymous May 11th, 2013 5:48pm report
I dont believe this song is about sex. I just think its about knocking down a woman's "wall" to let him into her life. He states that he wants/will do anything for her. So he want to be the one that she lets into her heart
anonymous Aug 16th, 2012 8:37pm report
Off cause its about sex. Det point is, that if you say so, it's clear that you have a "dirty mind". The lyrics in itself is absolutly not about sex.
In the US i the 1980's local radiostations where often controlled by christian organisations. They where banning songs they ment where unsuitible for christian minds.
So PG wrote Sledgehammer. If you listen good in the beginning of the song he says "how can anybody fool them". If the radiostations banned the song they would admit, that they themselves have a "dirty mind", so they played it...... and was fooled :-)
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