GENESIS : SILENT SORROW IN EMPTY BOATS (1974)

Συνθέτης του μήνα ο Frederic Chopin, με παράλληλο μικρό αφιέρωμα στον Tony Banks – κομμάτια κυρίως των Genesis με την προσωπική του σφραγίδα. Όπως αυτά με τα οποία ξεκινάμε : Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats & The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Από ένα από τα σημαντικότερα, κατά την άποψή μου, άλμπουμ που κόσμησαν το “ροκ” ως είδος.

Frederic Chopin will be our composer for March, with a parallel little tribute to Tony Banks – mainly Genesis tracks that bare his personal mark. Like the ones we start with: Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats & The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. From one of the most important, in my opinion, albums that adorned “rock” as a genre.

And the lamb lies down on Broadway.
Early morning Manhattan,
Ocean winds blow on the land.
Movie-Palace is now undone,
The all-night watchmen have had their fun.
Sleeping cheaply on the midnight show,
It’s the same old ending – time to go.
Get out!
It seems they cannot leave their dream.
There’s something moving in the sidewalk steam,
And the lamb lies down on Broadway.
Nightime’s flyers feel their pains.
Drugstore take down the chains.
Metal motion comes in bursts,
The gas station can quench that thirst.
Suspension cracked on unmade road
The trucker’s eyes read ‘Overload’
And out on the subway,
Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid
Exits into daylight, spraygun hid,
And the lamb lies down on Broadway.
The lamb seems right out of place,
Yet the Broadway street scene finds a focus in its face.
Somehow it’s lying there,
Brings a stillness to the air.
Though man-made light, at night is very bright,
There’s no whitewash victim,
As the neons dim, to the coat of white.
Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid
Wipes his gun – he’s forgotten what he did,
And the lamb lies down on Broadway.
Suzanne tired her work all done,
Thinks money – honey – be on – neon.
Cabman’s velvet glove sounds the horn
And the sawdust king spits out his scorn.
Wonder women you can draw your blind!
Don’t look at me! I’m not your kind.
I’m Rael!
Something inside me has just begun,
Lord knows what I have done,
And the lamb lies down on Broadway.
On Broadway
They say the lights are always bright on Broadway.
They say there’s always magic in the air.

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3 Comments

  1. Liz Gauffreau March 1, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    I remember how much I liked this song when it came out.

    Reply
    1. Oannes March 1, 2024 at 6:46 pm

      The whole [double vinyl] album is a monster, imho. Best rock album ever, maybe – best ‘progressive rock’ album for sure.
      Thank you!

      Reply

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