9. "San Jacinto"
The San Jacinto mountains sit near the wealthy resort town of Palm Springs, California. An impoverished tribe of Native Americans live right near the area, and the contrast between these two communities was on Peter Gabriel's mind when he wrote "San Jacinto" for his 1982 LP Security. The narrative is about a ritual where a boy is left alone on a mountain after getting infected with rattlesnake venom. "If he got back down at the end of it, he was brave," says Gabriel. "If not, he was dead. Very simply. [This song] is the story of what he came back to and what America did to his culture."