Song: "Washing of the Water"
Writer: Peter Gabriel
Original Release: September 27, 1992
I was a great admirer of Peter Gabriel in the late '80s and early '90s. His albums So and Us still rank among my all-time favorites. "Washing of the Water" was never released as a single but I think it's one of Gabriel's best. It presents a mesmerizing juxtaposition between the gentle, soothing tune and lyrics about deep, serious pain. The song itself provides the healing for which it pleads.
The song has been popular among singing groups over the years since. My own college a cappella group performed an arrangement back in the day. Naturally, no one does it better than Chanticleer: