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Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

October 11, 2002
Dancing with the Moonlit Knight

I’m in a Genesis mood today . . .

Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
Composed, arranged and produced by Genesis (Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett/Mike Rutherford)

Can you tell me where my country lies?,
Said the unifaun to his true love’s eyes
It lies with me, cried the Queen of Maybe
For her merchandise, he traded in his prize
Paper late!, cried a voice in the crowd
Old man dies! The note he left was signed old father Thames,
It seems he’s drowned
Selling England by the pound

Citizens of Hope and Glory
Time goes by
It’s ‘the time of your life’
Easy now, sit you down
Chewing through your Wimpey dreams
They eat, without a sound
Digesting England by the pound

Young man says you are what you eat – eat well
Old man says you are what you wear – wear well
You know what you are, you don’t give a damn
Bursting your belt that is your homemade sham

The captain leads his dance right on through the night
Join the dance…
Follow on! Till the Grail sun sets in the mould
Follow on! Till the gold is cold
Dancing out with the moonlit knight
Knights of the Green Shield stamp and shout

There’s a fat old lady outside the saloon
Laying out the credit cards she plays fortune
The deck is uneven right from the start
All of their hands are playing apart

The captain leads his dance right on through the night
Join the dance…
Follow on! A round Table-talking down we go
You’re the show!
Off we go with – You play the hobbyhorse
I’ll play the fool
We’ll tease the bull
Ringing round and loud, loud and round
Follow on! With a twist of the world we go
Follow on! Till the gold is cold
Dancing out with the moonlit knight
Knights of the Green Shield stamp and shout

Listening to Hackett’s solos on this song make me long for the days of old, when 8+ minute tracks were the norm, not the exception. Listening to a group stretch its musical wings was always a joy back in the 70’s. There was originality in the music — none of this pattern of getting five pretty boys trying to sound like every other set of five pretty boys (or the blonde girl thing). While there are groups today that continue the tradition (Marillion, Spock’s Beard and other neo-prog rockers), they are few and far between, and are marginalized. This is a big loss, especially when you look at what’s available on the radio dial these days.