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In The Rapids

This song is by Genesis and appears on the double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) and on the box set Archive 1967-75 (1998).

He dives down into the cold water. At first he is thrown onto the rocks, and pulled under the water by a fast moving channel, which takes him right past John, down river.

Moving down the water
John is drifting out of sight
It's only at the turning point
That you find out how you fight

In the cold
Feel the cold
All around
And the rush of crashing water
Surrounds me with its sound

Rael manages to grab a rock, pull himself to the surface and catch his breath. As John is carried past, Rael throws himself in again and catches hold of his arm. He knocks John unconscious and then locking themselves together, he rides the rapids into the slow running water, where he can swim to safety.

Striking out
To reach you
I can't get through
To the other side
When you're racing
In the rapids
There's only one way
That's to ride

Taken down
Taken down
By the undertow
I'm spiraled down the river bed
My fire is burning low

Catching hold of a rock that's firm
I'm waiting for John
To be carried past
We hold together
Hold together
And shoot the rapids fast

But as he hauls his brother's limp body onto the bank he lies him out and looks hopefully into his eyes for a sign of life. He staggers back in recoil, for staring at him with eyes wide open is not John's face - but his own.

And when the waters slow down
The dark and the deep
Have no one, no one
No one, no one
No-one left to keep

Hang on, John!
We're out of this at last
Something's changed
That's not your face
It's mine
It's mine!

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