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"Steam" is the second single from Peter Gabriel's 1992 album, Us. It reached #10 on the UK singles chart, #32 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on theModern Rock Tracks chart.

Peter Gabriel has said that the song is about a relationship in which the woman is sophisticated, bright, cultured, and knows everything about anything and that the man knows nothing about anything, except, he does know about the woman, and she doesn't know much about herself.[1][2]

An alternate version of this song called "Quiet Steam" was a B-side on the "Digging in the Dirt" single. It is a very lo-fi take on the popular version that appeared on the album. On Secret World Live, "Steam" is preceded for a minute or so by the "Quiet Steam" version.

This video won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video in 1994.


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Track listing[edit][]

All songs written by Peter Gabriel.[3]

  1. "Steam (LP version)" – 6:02
  2. "Games Without Frontiers (Massive / DB mix)" – 5:19
  3. "Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam mix 12")" – 6:44
  4. "Steam (Oh, Oh, Let Off Steam mix dub)" – 5:44

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