Genesis lyrics - Album: Duke [1980]

Behind The Lines

I held the book so tightly in my hands, saw your picture, heard you call my name

There was something strange, I could not look away

I wanted to be there, I wanted to go

You gave me no warning

You gave no reason

But I was with you

Right by your side

Give me the strength, and I will help you

They can try their hardest, they don't frighten me

It is written in the book

It is hotter than I've known before, but I feel so cold, and I don't know why

But if the fire within your heart can beat the storm

Then I really believe, you could make it right

The time has come now

We must show our feelings

But I'm looking right through you

And your heart is empty

Whatever happened to you it's too late to change now

There's nowhere you can run to, no place to hide

Oh you let me down!

...but wait a minute, I don't understand

It's getting stronger, grab my hand

Don't wanna leave you, don't wanna go

But I'm losing all control

Can't you see me slipping away?

I can only stay if you've the will to keep me here

It is written in the book

Oh so many times since I've read those words

Just waiting to see you, can you see me?

Duchess


Times were good,

She never thought about the future, she just did what she would

But she really cared

About her music, it all seemed so important then,

And she dreamed that every time she performed

Everyone would cry for more,

That all she had to do was step into the light,

And everyone would start to roar.

And on the road,

Where all but a few fall by the wayside on the grassier verge,

She battled through

Against the others in her world, and the sleep, and the odds.

But now everytime that she performed

Everybody cried for more,

Soon all she had to do was step into the light,

For everyone to start to roar.

And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.

But time went by

It wasn't so easy now, all uphill, and not feeling so strong.

Yes times were hard,

Too much thinking 'bout the future and what people might want.

An then there was the time that she performed

When nobody called for more

And soon everytime she stepped into the light,

They really let her know the score.

But she dreamed of the times when she sang her songs

And everybody cried for more,

When all she had to do was step into the light

For everyone to start to roar.

And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.

Guide Vocal


I am the one who guided you this far,

All you know and all you feel.

Nobody must know my feel

For nobody would understand,

ŁAnd you kill what you fear.

I call you for I must leave,

You're on your own until the end.

There was a choice but now it's gone,

I said you wouldn't understand,

Take what's yours and be damned.

Man Of Our Times


I'm one of many, I speak for the rest but I don't understand

Tonight tonight, oh tonight, tonight

He brings another day another night, another fight

Well there's another day done and there's another gone by

He's a man of our times a man of our times

Tonight tonight, oh he's burning bright

He's a man of our times, he's a man of our times, ooh, ooh, ooh.

And in the beating of your heart there is another beating heart

All at once I can see what we do,

Me into me and you into you

Me into me and you into you

Tonight, tonight, oh he's s burning bright

Everyone is on their feer cos he is out, out on the street

There's another day done and there's another gone by.

No more me into me and you into you

Tonight tonight, oh he's burning bright.

Man of our times, he's a man of our times

He's a man of our times, ooh, ooh, ooh.

And in the beating of your heart, there is another beating heart

Man of our times...

Misunderstanding


There must be some misunderstanding

There must be some kind of mistake

I waited in the rain for hours

You were late

Now it's not like me to say the right thing

But you could've called to let me know

I checked your number twice, don't understand it

So I went home

Well I'd been waiting for this weekend

I thought that maybe we could see a show

Never dreamed I'd have this feeling

But seeing you is believing

That's why I don't know why

You didn't show up that night

There must be some misunderstanding

There must be some kind of mistake

I was waiting in the rain for hours

You were late

Since then I've been running around trying to find you

I went to the places you always go

I rang your home but got no answer

Jumped in my car, i went round there

I still don't believe it

He was just leaving

There must be some misunderstanding

There must be some kind of mistake.

Healthaze


No cloud, a sleepy calm,

Sunbaked earth that's cooled by gentle breeze,

And trees with rustling leaves,

Only endless days without a care,

Nothing must be done.

Silent as a day can be,

Far-off sounds of others on their chosen run

As they do all those things they feel give life some meaning,

Even if they're dull.

Time to stop this dreaming, must rejoin the real world

As revealed by orange lights and a smokey atmosphere.

The trees and I are shaken by the same winds but whereas

The trees will lose their withered leaves,

I just can't seem to let them loose.

And they can't refresh me those hot winds of the south.

Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place.

Now the light is fading fast,

Chances slip away, a time will come to pass

When there'll be none,

Then addicted to a perfumed poison,

Betrayed by its aftertaste,

We shall lose the wonder and find nothing in return.

Many are the substitutes but they're powerless on their own.

Beware the fisherman who's casting out his line

Into a dried up river bed,

But don't try to tell him 'cos he won't believe you.

Throw some bread to the ducks instead, it's easier that way.

Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place.

Turn It On Again


All I need is a TV show, that and the radio

Down on my luck again, down on my luck again

I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life

I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life

It's driving me mad just another way of passing the day

I, I get so lonely when she's not there

I...

You're just another face that I know from the TV show

I have known you for so very long I feel you like a friend

Can't you do anything for me, can I touch you for a while

Can I meet you another day and we can fly away

I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life

I can show you I can show you some of the people in my life

It's driving me mad just another way of passing the day

I, I get so lonely when she's not there

I...

Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again

Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again

I can see another face

Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again

I can see another face

Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on again

Alone Tonight


There's nothing here that I can understand

And no one cares I'm a lonely man

I touch your face and I don't know why

I call your name but you're going by

Now I'm alone again.

I have no name for each and every day

Until the year is done and fades away

There's a time in between the two

The old years gone by but it's not the new

And I,

I know that'll be all

Alone again, alone again tonight oh I'm

Alone again, alone again tonight oh I'm

Alone again, it seems to me that every time I try to change

Say that you're say that you'll

Help me reach the other side

When the morning comes the sun is out

And warms me up again

What a funny world it is for me

And all I'll never be

It's not enough, it's not enough

This feeling I'm feeling inside

Oh I know it I know tonight that I'll be

On my own again, alone again tonight

Oh I'm alone again, alone again tonight

Oh I'm alone again, it seems to me that everytime I try to change

Say that you'll, say that you'll

Help me reach the other side

Help me please cos I know I'm gonna be

On my own again alone again tonight...

Cul-De-Sac


Wake up now, this is the time you've waited for.

Far below, where shadown fester as they grow,

An army thousands strong, obsessed by right and wrong,

Sense their time is coming near.

So they turn towards the light from their region of the night,

Marching on and on,

They near the air, it won't be long.

You know you're on the way out,

It's just a matter of time.

You thought you'd rule the world forever,

Long live the king, don't spare the loser.

After all, you're not what you thought you were at all.

You're just a natural fact, another cul-de-sac

On nature's hard unfeeling trail.

And all those dreams of old will be stories left untold,

Cut off in your prime, extinct until the end of time.

Now the host emerges, a shadow starts to fall.

Not one knows what hit them, none can see at all.

Even as the end approaches still they're not aware,

How can you fight a foe so deadly

When you don't even know it's there?

And now that the job is almost done

Maybe some escape, no, not even one.

Please Don't Ask


Please don't ask me how I feel, I feel fine

Oh I cry a bit, don't sleep too good, but I'm fine

When can I see you?

When can I touch you?

Again and again I ask myself was I wrong?

Oh but time's a healer, and heaven knows I've been strong

Maybe we could try

Maybe we could work this time

I can remember when it was easy to say I love you

But things have changed since then, now I really can't say if I still do

But I can try

I know that the kids are well, you're a mother to the world

But I miss my boy

I hope he's good as gold

But enough of me, tell me how are you? You look good

Oh you lost weight I can see, your hair looks nice, you look good

Maybe we should try, don't say it! I know why

I can remember when it was easy to say I love you

But things have changed since then, now I really can't say if I still do

But I can try

I know the kids are well, you're a mother to the world

But I miss my boy

I hope he's good as gold

Duke's Travels (Instrumental)


Duke's End (Instrumental)

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