The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (song)
|"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"|
|Single by Genesis|
|from the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway|
|Released||November 29, 1974|
Atco (original US)
Atlantic (remastered CD)(U.S.)
|Writer(s)||Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford|
|Producer(s)||John Burns and Genesis|
"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is the first song from Genesis's 1974 album of the same name. The song was released as a single in the U.S. but failed to chart. However, FM rock stations in the U.S. would play this frequently.
Like other songs on the album, the music and lyrics in "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" are partially derived from 1960s soul songs. The end of the song features the words "They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. They say there's always magic in the air" from The Drifters' song "On Broadway". The studio recording features a variation on the former lyric ("They say the lights are always bright on Broadway"), but subsequent live recordings feature the original.
After Gabriel's departure, the Phil Collins-fronted incarnation of the band performed the song often during their first few tours, usually segueing into the closing section of "The Musical Box". A live version appears on Seconds Out from 1977 as well as part of the "Old Medley" on The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs from 1993. The song was also played in full during the 1998 Calling All Stations tour, with Ray Wilson on vocals.
Peter Gabriel also performed the song during his 1978 performances as an encore.
- Peter Gabriel - lead vocals
- Phil Collins - drums, bell-tree, glockenspiel, triangle, wind chimes, tambourine, timbales, backing vocals
- Tony Banks - piano, RMI Electra Piano
- Mike Rutherford - fuzz bass
- Steve Hackett - electric guitars
- Ben E. King - backing vocals