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The Light Dies Down On Broadway

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 follows a small path running along the top, and watches the tube bobbing up and down in the water as the fast current carries it away. However, as he walks around a corner Rael sees a sky-light above him, apparently built into the bank. Through it he can see the green grass of home, well not exactly; he can see Broadway.

As he walks along the gorge's edge
He meets a sense of yesteryear
A window in the bank
Above his head
Reveals his home
Amidst the streets

Subway sounds
The sounds of complaint
The smell of acid
On his gun of paint
As it carves out anger
In a blood-red band
Destroyed tomorrow
By an unknown hand
My home!

Is this the way out
From the endless scene?
Or just an entrance
To another dream?

And the light
Dies down
On Broadway

His heart, now a little bristly, is shaken by a surge of joy and he starts to run, arms wide open, to the way out. At this precise point in time his ears pick up a voice screaming for help. Someone is struggling in the rapids below. It's John.

But as the skylight
Beckons him to leave
He hears a scream
From far below

Within the raging water
Writhes the form
Of brother John
He cries for help

He pauses for a moment remembering how his brother had abandoned him. Then the window begins to fade - it's time for action.

The gate is fading now
But open wide
But John is drowning
I must decide
Between the freedom
I had in the rat-race
Or to stay forever
In this forsaken place
Hey John!

He makes for the river
And the gate is gone
Back to the void
Where it came from

And the light
Dies down
On Broadway

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