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No-one seems to take up the chase, and with the familiar faces fresh in his mind he moves into a reconstruction of his old life, above ground - Too much time was one thing he didn`t need, so he used to cut through it with a little speed. He was better off dead, than slow in the head. His momma and poppa had taken a ride on his back, so he left very quickly to join The Pack.


I see faces and traces of home back in New York City -

So you think I`m a tough kid? Is that what you heard?

Well I like to see some action and it gets into my blood.

The call me the trail blazer - Rael - electric razor

I`m the pitcher in the chain gang, we don`t believe in pain

`cos we`re only as strong, yes we`re only as strong,

as the weakest link in the chain.


Only after a spell in Pontiac reformatory was he given any respect in the gang.

Let me out of Pontiac when I was just seventeen,

I had to get it out of me, if you know what I mean, what I mean.

You say I must be crazy, `cos I don`t care who I hit, who I hit.

But I know it`s me that`s hitting out and I`m, I`m not full of sh*t.

I don`t care who I hurt, I don`t care who I do wrong.

This is your mess I`m stuck in, I really don`t belong.

When I take out my bottle, filled up high with gasoline,

You can tell by the night fires where Rael has been, has been.


Now, walking back home after a raid, he was cuddling a sleeping porcupine.

That night he pictured the removal of his hairy heart and to the accompaniment of very romantic music he watched it being shaved smooth by an anonymous stainless steel razor.


As I cuddled the porcupine

He said I had none to blame, but me.

Held my heart, deep in hair,

Time to shave, shave it off, it off.

No time for romantic escape,

When your fluffy heart is ready for r*pe. No!

Off we go...

Your sitting in your comfort you don`t believe I`m real,

You cannot buy protection from the way that I feel.

Your progressive hypocrites hand out their trash,

But it was mine in the first place, so I`ll burn it to ash.

And I`ve tasted all the strongest meats,

And laid them down in coloured sheets (laid them down in coloured

sheets).

Who needs illusion of love and affection

When you`re out walking the streets with your mainline connection?

connection.

As I cuddled the porcupine

He said I had none to blame, but me.

Held my heart, deep in hair.

Time to shave, shave it off, it off.

No time for romantic escape,

When your fluffy heart is ready for r*pe. No!

Release History

The Genesis song "Back In N.Y.C." appears on the following albums:
1970 - 1975
11 November 2008

1970 - 1975

  1. Looking For Someone (7:04)
  2. White Mountain (8:09)
  3. Visions Of Angels (6:52)
  4. Stagnation (8:54)
  5. Dusk (6:14)
  6. The Knife (8:57)
  7. Reissues Interview 2007
  8. The Musical Box (11:03)
  9. For Absent Friends (1:44)
  10. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  11. Seven Stones (5:11)
  12. Harold The Barrel (3:02)
  13. Harlequin (2:40)
  14. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  15. The Fountain Of Salmascis
  16. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  17. Time Table (4:40)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  19. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:45)
  20. Horizons (2:17)
  21. Lover's Leap
  22. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
  23. Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band Of Merry-Men
  24. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
  25. Willow Farm (2:57)
  26. Apocalypse In 9/8 (Co-Starring The Delicious Talents Of Gabble Ratchet)
  27. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)
  28. Twilight Alehouse (7:48)
  29. (Interview) (5:54)
  30. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  31. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:08)
  32. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  33. More Fool Me (3:41)
  34. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  35. After The Ordeal (4:15)
  36. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  37. Aisle Of Plenty (1:58)
  38. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrope)
  39. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  40. Return Of The Giant Hogweed (8:14)
  41. The Lamb Lies Down On Braodway
  42. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  43. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  44. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  45. In The Cage (7:49)
  46. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging (2:43)
  47. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  48. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  49. Counting Out Time (3:50)
  50. Carpet Crawlers (5:47)
  51. The Chamber Of 32 Doors (4:07)
  52. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  53. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  54. Anyway (3:31)
  55. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist (2:30)
  56. The Lamia (7:12)
  57. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boots
  58. The Arrival
  59. A Visit To The Doktor
  60. The Raven
  61. Ravine (1:27)
  62. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  63. Riding The Scree (4:41)
  64. In The Rapids (2:26)
  65. It (4:49)
  66. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  67. I Know What I Like... (6:14)
  68. Happy The Man (3:07)
  69. Shepherd (BBC Nightride 1970)
  70. Pacidy (BBC Nightride 1970)
  71. Let Us Now Make Love (BBC Nightride 1970)
  72. Going Out To Get You (Demo 1969)
  73. Provocation (4:09)
  74. Frustration (3:42)
  75. Manipulation (3:48)
  76. Resignation (3:03)
  77. Box Set 1967-1975 (VH1 Special)
1970-1975
10 November 2008

1970-1975

  1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  2. Happy The Man (3:07)
  3. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  4. Looking For Someone (7:04)
  5. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  6. The Musical Box (11:03)
  7. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  8. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  9. For Absent Friends (1:44)
  10. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:08)
  11. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  12. Time Table (4:40)
  13. Twilight Alehouse (7:48)
  14. White Mountain (8:09)
  15. Anyway (3:31)
  16. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  17. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  19. Going Out To Get You (4:54)
  20. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  21. Visions Of Angels (6:52)
  22. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:45)
  23. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  24. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist (2:30)
  25. More Fool Me (3:41)
  26. Seven Stones (5:11)
  27. Shepherd (4:00)
  28. Stagnation (8:54)
  29. Dusk (6:14)
  30. Harold The Barrel (3:02)
  31. Horizons (2:17)
  32. In The Cage (7:49)
  33. Pacidy (5:42)
  34. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  35. The Lamia (7:12)
  36. After The Ordeal (4:15)
  37. Harlequin (2:40)
  38. Let Us Now Make Love (6:14)
  39. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats (1:13)
  40. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  41. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging (2:43)
  42. The Knife (8:57)
  43. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  44. Provocation (4:09)
  45. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  46. The Colony of Slippermen: Arrival / A Visit to the Doktor / Raven (8:12)
  47. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  48. Aisle Of Plenty (1:58)
  49. Frustration (3:42)
  50. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  51. Ravine (1:27)
  52. Counting Out Time (3:50)
  53. Manipulation (3:48)
  54. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  55. Resignation (3:03)
  56. Riding The Scree (4:41)
  57. The Carpet Crawlers (5:33)
  58. In The Rapids (2:26)
  59. The Chamber Of 32 Doors (4:07)
  60. It (4:49)
1974-12-08: Palace Theater, Providence, RI, USA
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1975-01-22: The Lamb Lies Down on Berkeley: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA, USA
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Archive 1967-75
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16 June 1998

Archive 1967 - 75
22 June 1998

Archive 1967 - 75

  1. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  2. Fly On The Windshield (4:36)
  3. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  4. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  5. In The Cage (7:49)
  6. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging (2:43)
  7. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  8. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  9. Counting Out Time (3:50)
  10. The Carpet Crawlers (5:33)
  11. The Chamber Of 32 Doors (4:07)
  12. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  13. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  14. Anyway (3:31)
  15. The Supernatural Anaesthetist (3:43)
  16. The Lamia (7:12)
  17. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats (1:13)
  18. The Colony Of Slippermen (The Arrival, A Visit To The Doktor, The Raven) (8:47)
  19. Ravine (1:27)
  20. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  21. Riding The Scree (4:41)
  22. In The Rapids (2:26)
  23. It (4:49)
  24. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Live - The Rainbow 1973) (7:05)
  25. Firth Of Fifth (Live - The Rainbow 1973) (8:28)
  26. More Fool Me (Live - The Rainbow 1973) (3:59)
  27. Supper's Ready (Live - The Rainbow 1973) (26:34)
  28. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (Live - The Rainbow 1973) (5:36)
  29. Stagnation (BBC Live Recording) (8:53)
  30. Twilight Alehouse (Single B-Side 1973) (7:48)
  31. Happy The Man (Single A-Side 1971) (2:54)
  32. Watcher Of The Skies (Unreleased Single Version 1972) (3:42)
  33. In The Wilderness (Rough Mix Without Strings 1968) (2:59)
  34. Shepherd (BBC Nightride 1970)
  35. Pacidy (BBC Nightride 1970)
  36. Let Us Now Make Love (BBC Nightride 1970)
  37. Going Out To Get You (Demo 1969)
  38. Dusk (Demo 1969) (6:13)
  39. Build Me A Mountain (Rough Mix 1968) (4:12)
  40. Image Blown Out (Rough Mix 1968) (3:08)
  41. One Day (Rough Mix 1968) (3:14)
  42. Where The Sour Turns To Sweet (Demo 1968) (3:31)
  43. In The Beginning (Demo 1968) (2:01)
  44. The Magic Of Time (Demo 1968) (2:27)
  45. Hey! (Demo 1968) (3:10)
  46. Hidden In The World Of Dawn (Demo 1968) (3:04)
  47. Sea Bee (Demo 1968) (2:35)
  48. The Mystery Of The Flannan Isle Lighthouse (Demo 1968) (2:42)
  49. Hair On The Arms And Legs (Demo 1968) (3:46)
  50. She Is Beautiful (Demo 1967 ... Later "The Serpent") (2:11)
  51. Try A Little Sadness (Demo 1967) (3:19)
  52. Patricia (Demo 1967 ... Later "In Hiding") (3:04)

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