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"Digging in the Dirt" by Peter Gabriel

How Bitter Is It? 6 of 10. The song alternates between abusive ("Don't talk back / Just drive the car") and pleading ("Stay with me, I need support") in a way that, while unhealthy, isn't purely bitter. It's too introspective for that and, at the end of the video, when Gabriel's skeleton is reconstituted, dressed in white, and resurrected eating strawberries in a field of flowers, too optimistic, too.

Sample Lyric: "I'm digging in the dirt / To find the places I got hurt"

Backstory: Peter Gabriel worked on "Digging in the Dirt" and the album "Us" during a period that saw two failed relationships—his marriage to Jill Moore and his relationship with the actress Rosanna Arquette. He went into therapy; hence the "digging". Says Gabriel, "During this period I discovered the most unbelievable phenomena within myself, characteristics which I value for myself, but also characteristics with which I would rather not be confronted, like unlimited rage, or merciless hatred." (Photo by Frank Micelotta and Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
See the full story at The Daily Beast

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