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Games Without Frontiers Songtext
von Peter Gabriel

Games Without Frontiers Songtext

Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières

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.


Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières

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.


Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières
Jeux Sans Frontières

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Also the reference to certain firstnames out of different cultures he includes, may give the idea, that the song is about political leaders behaving like children in international affairs and matters of war and peace.

The British version was titled "It's a Knockout", which Gabriel references in the lyrics. The lyrics themselves are an allegory of the childish antics of adults. (Wikipedia)
Gabriel wrote this before the US boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980. This reinforced the theme of adults acting like children over the Olympics. (songfacts.com)

Backing vocals ["Jeux sans frontières"] sung by Kate Bush. (often mistaken as "She's so popular") ;)

The song's title refers to "Jeux Sans Frontières", a long-running TV show broadcast in several European countries, in which teams of residents representing a town or city in one of the participating countries would compete in games of skill while frequently dressed in bizarre costumes. While some games were simple races, others allowed one team to obstruct another.

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