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“It”

When it’s cold, it comes slow
It is warm, just watch it grow
All around me
It is here, it is now

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down
Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown
It is chicken, it is eggs, it is in between your legs
It is walking on the moon, leaving your cocoon

It is the jigsaw, it is purple haze
It never stays in one place, but it’s not a passing phase
It is in the single’s bar, in the distance of the face
It is in between the cages, it is always in a space
It is here, it is now

Any rock can be made to roll if you’ve enough of it to pay the toll
It has no home in words or goal, not even in your favorite hole
It is the hope for the dope when you ride the horse without a hoof.
It is shaken, not stirred, cocktails on the roof

When you eat right through it you see everything alive
It is inside spirit, with enough grit to survive
If you think it’s pretentious, you’ve been taken for a ride
Look across the mirror son, before you choose, decide
It is here, it is now, it is real, it is real

‘Cause it’s only knock and know all, but I like it
Yes it’s only knock and know all, but I like it
Yes it’s only knock and know all, but I like it, I like it ,I like it
Only knock and know all, but I like it, like it, like it
Like it all around me, like it all around me
‘Cause I like it, like it, like it, like it

All, always the same.
But there appears in the shades of dawning,
Though your eyes are dim,
All of the pieces in the sky
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Every so often I’ll revisit one of my old albums and listen with a more seasoned palate. Genesis’ Nursery Cryme isn’t one of my favorites from the Peter Gabriel era and I was only really interested in one track, The Musical Box. Listening to it now, I understand that almost half the band had been replaced and they were still growing comfortable with the new lineup. I’d also come to appreciate the slow, pretty songs on the LP. Songs I’d dismissed when I was younger because they lacked rock hooks. Most of the songs on this album tell a story, which was a trademark of the Gabriel era. Harlequin was one track I always skipped, but now, with a renewed appreciation for instrumentation and subtlety, it strikes me as a beautiful, three part harmony, hymn about hope.

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The Lamb is Gabriel Era Genesis‘ swan song. Probably the best Rock Opera written and arguably the best album in their catalog. Gabriel’s lyrics accompanying these tracks are stunning and masterful. Everything fits on this album. There was a lot of controversy during the album’s creation and subsequent tour. Gabriel insisted on writing the vocals in seclusion, and the band felt that he’d undermined their creative contributions. There was also resentment in that Gabriel was considered the essence of Genesis by their fan base and the rest of the members merely his backing band.

This is one of the most sorrowful tunes on the album and I’ve turned to it often since my teen years when experiencing depression and hopelessness. The Lamia is a poetic masterpiece.

Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats…