Can-Utility and the Coastliners

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"Can-Utility and the Coastliners"
Song by Genesis
from the album Foxtrot
Released 6 October 1972
Recorded August 1972
Genre Progressive rock, progressive folk
Length 5:44
Label Charisma Records, Atlantic Records, Virgin Records
Songwriter(s) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford
Producer(s) David Hitchcock
Foxtrot track listing
"Get 'Em Out by Friday"
"Can-Utility and the Coastliners"

Can-Utility and the Coastliners is the fourth song on Genesis' fourth album, Foxtrot, released in 1972. "Can-Utility and the Coastliners", written mostly by guitarist Steve Hackett,[1] is based on the legend of King Canute, who supposedly ordered the seas to retreat to mock the sycophancy of his followers. An early, longer version of the song found its way into pre-album live sets (as heard on certain bootleg recordings); known as "Bye Bye Johnny" or "Rock My Baby", it featured an extended instrumental section in which the Mellotron string sound dominated.


See also[edit]

Cultural depictions of Cnut the Great