Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

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"Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"
Song by Genesis from the album Selling England by the Pound
Released 3 August 1973
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 8:04
Label Charisma
Writer Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford
Producer Genesis, John Burns
Selling England by the Pound track listing
"Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"
"I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"

"Dancing with the Moonlit Knight" is the first track on the album Selling England by the Pound by British progressive rock band Genesis.

An a cappella vocal opens the track. Then, the song progressively gets louder and more upbeat, abruptly becoming a hard rock number. This song is one of several tracks where Tony Banks used his newly acquired Mellotron M400; toward the middle of the song the 8 Voice choir is featured prominently, and in the closing section the strings are used. Guitarist Steve Hackett used very early examples of tapping and sweep-picking techniques on this song.

The lyrics are an ironic commentary on contemporary England that employs references to British staples like Green Shield Stamps. The reference "chewing through your Wimpy dreams" is an allusion to the Wimpy chain of hamburger restaurants in many UK towns in the early 1970s, and possibly also Wimpey homes. The latter reference has some echoes with the theme of "Get 'Em Out by Friday". The album was named after a lyric in this song.

The song's melody is repeated in a different form at the closing of "The Cinema Show" and into "Aisle of Plenty". The motif gradually appears from the chord sequence, which consists of the same chords as "Cinema Show" but in an alternative order.

The line "'Paper late!' Cried a voice in the crowd" inspired the band's 1982 song "Paperlate".


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