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The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging

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).

"It's the last
Great adventure left to mankind"
Screams a drooping lady
Offering her dreamdolls
At less than extortionate prices

And as the notes and coins
Are taken out
I'm taken in
To the factory floor

For the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
The Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
I just need a fuse

Got people stocked
In every shade
Must be doing well with trade
Stamped, addressed
In odd fatality
That evens out their
Personality

With profit potential
Marked by a sign
I can recognise
Some of the production line
No bite at all
In labour bondage
Just wrinkled wrappers
Or human bandage

Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
It's the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
I just need a fuse

The hall runs like clockwork
Their hands mark out the time
Empty in their fullness
Like a frozen pantomime
Everyone's a sales representative
Wearing slogans in their shrine
Dishing out failsafe superlative
Brother John is No. 9.

It's the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
It's the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
I just need a fuse

And the decor
On the ceiling
Has planned out their future day
I see no sign of free will
So I guess I have to pay
Pay my way

For the Grand Parade
The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade

It's the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
It's the Grand Parade
Of Lifeless Packaging
I just need a fuse

The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade
Grand Parade

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