GENESIS : DUSK [1970]

Δίπλα στα μίνι συμφωνικά τους έπη, οι Genesis δεν παρέλειπαν να γράφουν τραγούδια σπάνιας ομορφιάς όπως αυτό από το δεύτερό τους άλμπουμ, Trespass του 1970. Η μελωδία, o δροσερός “ερασιτεχνισμός” του ήχου, το εναλλακτικό θρησκευτικό συναίσθημα, η ωριμότητα του 20χρονου μόλις Peter Gabriel… τα πάντα είναι τέλεια σ΄αυτό το τραγούδι.

Next to their mini-symphonic epics, Genesis never failed to write songs of rare beauty, like this one from their second album, 1970’s Trespass. The melodic, the refreshingly “amateur” sound quality, the alternative religious feeling, the vocal / interpretive maturity of a 20-year-old Peter Gabriel… everything about this song is perfect.


See my hand is moving
Touching all that’s real
And once it stroke the love’s body
Now it claws the past
The scent of a flower,
The colors of the morning,
Friends to believe in,
Tears soon forgotten,
See how the rain drives away, another day
If a leaf has fallen
Does the tree lie broken?
And if we draw some water
Does the well run dry?
The sigh of a mother,
The screaming of lovers,
Like two angry tigers,
They tear at each other
See how for him lifetime’s fears disappear
Once a Jesus suffered,
Heaven could not see him.
And now my ship is sinking,
The captain stands alone.
A pawn on the chessboard,
A false move by God will now destroy me,
But wait, on the horizon,
A new dawn seems to be rising,
Never to recall this passerby, born to die.

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6 Comments

  1. JMR-ART April 28, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Remind me when I was younger, much younger…:) then it was such a discovery for me and many others I think

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    1. Oannes April 28, 2022 at 2:13 pm

      I know exactly what you mean!

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  2. Resa April 30, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    It is a song of rare beauty.
    Although I know Genesis, and some of their music, I must admit I “missed out” on them.

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    1. Oannes May 1, 2022 at 9:25 am

      There are two “Genesis”. The first one, up until 1979, has been the best example of what “progressive rock” is all about. To me, they are better than King Crimson, better than Yes, better than anyone… Superb compositional skills, superb musicianship and virtuosity, and a bunch of sublime albums.
      And then there was Genesis ’80s and beyond, a shadow of the former band, MOR music oriented, following Phil Collins’ solo success. It is a sad story actually.

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      1. Resa May 1, 2022 at 8:32 pm

        Interesting!
        Love King Crimson, and Yes lesser so. (Owner of a Broken Heart is my fave, can’t help it)
        So, it seems Phil Collins was essential to Genesis? MOR music…painfully embarrassing after their former glory.
        Thank you for playing as much Genesis as you do! It is my great education into their music.

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