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The Chamber Of 32 Doors

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).

At the top of the stairs he finds a chamber. It is almost a hemisphere with a great many doors all the way round its circumference. There is a large crowd, huddled in various groups. From the shouting, Rael learns that there are 32 doors, but only one that leads out. Their voices get louder and louder until Rael screams "Shut up!" There is a momentary silence and then Rael finds himself the focus as they direct their advice and commands to their new found recruit. Bred on trash, fed on ash the jigsaw master has got to move faster. Rael sees a quiet corner and rushes to it.

At the top of the stairs
There's hundreds of people
Running around
To all the doors

They try to find
Find themselves an audience
Their deductions
Need applause

The rich man stands in front of me
The poor man
Behind my back
They believe they can
Control the game
But the juggler holds
Another pack

I need someone
To believe in
Someone to trust

I need
Someone
To believe in
Someone to trust

I'd rather trust a countryman
Than a town man
You can judge by his eyes
Take a look if you can
He'll smile through his guard
Survival trains hard

I'd rather trust a man
Who works with his hands
He looks at you once
You know he understands
Don't need any shield
When you're out in the field

But down here
I'm so alone with my fear
With everything that I hear
And every single door
That I've walked through
Brings me back
Back here again
I've got to find my own way

The priest and the magician
Singing all the chants
That they have ever heard
And they're all calling out my name
Even academics
Searching printed word

My father to the left of me
My mother to the right
Like everyone else
They're pointing
But nowhere feels quite right

And I need
Someone
To believe in
Someone to trust

I need
Someone
To believe in
Someone to trust

I'd rather trust a man
Who doesn't shout what he's found
There's no need to sell
If you're homeward bound
If I choose a side
He won't take me for a ride

Back inside
This chamber of so many doors
I've nowhere
Nowhere to hide
I'd give you all of my dreams
If you'd help me
Find a door
That doesn't
Lead me back again
Take me away