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Song Lyrics

He follows a small path running along the top, and watches the tube bobbing up and down in the water as the fast current carries it away. However, as he walks around a corner Rael sees a sky-light above him, apparently built into the bank. Through it he can see the green grass of home, well not exactly; he can see Broadway.


As he walks along the gorge`s edge,

He meets a sense of yesteryear.

A window in the bank above his head

Reveals his home amidst the streets.

Subway sounds, the sounds of complaint

The smell of acid on his gun of paint.

As it carves out anger in a blood-red band,

Destroyed tomorrow by an unknown hand;

- My home.

Is this the way out from the endless scene?

Or just an entrance to another dream?

And the light dies down on Broadway.


His heart, now a little bristly, is shaken by a surge of joy and he starts to run, arms wide open, to the way out. At this precise point in time his ears pick up a voice screaming for help. Someone is struggling in the rapids below. It`s John.

But as the skylight beckons him to leave,

He hears a scream from far below.

Within the raging water, writhes the form

Of brother John, he cries for help.


He pauses for a moment remembering how his brother had abandoned him. Then the window begins to fade - it`s time for action.

The gate is fading now, but open wide.

But John is drowning, I must decide

Between the freedom I had in the rat-race,

Or to stay forever in this forsaken place;

Hey John!

He makes for the river and the gate is gone,

Back to the void where it came from.

And the light dies down on Broadway.

Release History

The Genesis song "The Light Dies Down On Broadway" appears on the following albums:
1970 - 1975
10 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 (7:52)
  17. Time Table (4:40)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (9:17)
  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 (8:28)
  29. (Interview) (5:54)
  30. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  31. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:06)
  32. Firth Of Fifth (9:35)
  33. More Fool Me (3:41)
  34. The Battle Of Epping Forest (1:43)
  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 (7:52)
  8. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  9. For Absent Friends (1:44)
  10. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:06)
  11. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  12. Time Table (4:40)
  13. Twilight Alehouse (8:28)
  14. White Mountain (8:09)
  15. Anyway (3:31)
  16. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  17. Firth Of Fifth (9:35)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (9:17)
  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 (1:43)
  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)
1974-11-25: A Hole in Heaven: Music Hall, Cleveland, Oh, USA
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1974-11-26: Time To Unzip: Music Hall, Cleveland, OH, USA
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1974-12-08: Palace Theater, Providence, RI, USA
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1975-01-11: Broadway Everglades: Lakeland Theater, Lakeland, FL, 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
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)
Archive 1967-75
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16 June 1998

Awed Man Out (The 1975 British Tour)
1975

Awed Man Out (The 1975 British Tour)

  1. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  2. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  3. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  4. The Carpet Crawlers (5:33)
  5. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  6. The Waiting Room/Anyway (13:03)
  7. Ravine (1:27)
  8. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  9. Riding The Scree (4:41)
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On Broadway - Live In Paris
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On Broadway - Live In Paris

  1. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  2. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  3. The Carpet Crawlers (5:33)
  4. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  5. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  6. Anyway (3:31)
  7. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats (1:13)
  8. Arrival
  9. Ravine (1:27)
  10. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  11. Riding The Scree (4:41)

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