I can definitely relate; "Digging In The Dirt" was probably my favorite song off that album. "Don't Give Up" (featuring Kate Bush) from the album "So" was both wonderful and excruciating to listen to... the first Peter Gabriel song i remember really noticing was "Biko", especially the lines:
You can put out a candle/ but you can't put out a fire/
Once the flame begin to catch/ the wind will blow it higher
Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.
-William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Sc. III