While the Earth Sleeps

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"While the Earth Sleeps"
Deep Forest with Peter Gabriel While The Earth Sleeps.jpg
Single by Deep Forest with Peter Gabriel
from the album Strange Days - Music From The Motion Picture
B-side "Rid of Me",
performed by Juliette Lewis
Released 1995
Format CD
Genre Electronica
Length 3:50 (album version),
6:22 (long version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Eric Mouquet, Michel Sanchez, Peter Gabriel
Producer(s) Eric Mouquet, Michel Sanchez, Peter Gabriel
Deep Forest chronology
"Marta's Song"
"While the Earth Sleeps"
"Bohemian Ballet"

"While the Earth Sleeps" is a song written by Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez of Deep Forest and Peter Gabriel.[1] The song was performed by Deep Forest with Peter Gabriel and appeared on the soundtrack for the film Strange Days (1995) and is played over the film's end credits. It was released as a CD single. The song features Bulgarian folk singer Katya Petrova.


The song incorporates credited samples from "Shashvi, Kakabi", performed by Tsinandali Choir, from an old Macedonian song called "Da li znaeš, mila majko" ("Do you know, dear mother?"), author of the song's Risto Pulevski of Bitola village Nižepole, Republic of Macedonia, performed by Macedonian singers Violeta Tomovska and Kiril Mančevski, recorded by Radio-televizija Beograd, Former Yugoslavia (view the original record), and from "Övgön Chuuvuu" from the album Mogolie, musique vocale et instrumentale.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "While the Earth Sleeps" (album version) Eric Mouquet, Michel Sanchez, Peter Gabriel   3:50
2. "Rid of Me" PJ Harvey performed by Juliette Lewis, produced by Daniel Rey and Randy Gerston 4:13
3. "While the Earth Sleeps" (long version) Mouquet, Sanchez, Gabriel CD maxi-single only 6:22

Track 2 is featured in the film Strange Days, but not on the soundtrack.[1]


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