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One Loop for the Vine | Reviewer: RegularJoe | 1/29/08

Aside from the religious allegory in the song (whether Jesus, Mohamed, or any other deity you want to throw in), I see a loop in the story.
The unnamed one who's 'faith had died, Fled back up the mountainside' slips, falls, and vanishes (to external observers).
Next he's made the leader of the locals where he ends up because of his magical appearance (what else can this wizard do? he'll help us beat the bad guys, whomever they are.) although he never voices a claim to be a chosen one. Then some contemplative time, followed by leading his new followers on to battle.
Finally he sees a familiar shape flee up a mountain (as he did), trip and fall (as he did), and vanish (as he did).
I think he sees himself, in a loop. I mean, the final stanza all but spells it out:
Then, on a distant slope, (the slope he fled up)
He observed one without hope (himself, as described early in the song)
Flee back up the mountainside. (as he did)
He thought he recognised him by his walk, (think you could pick yourself out of a crowd? I know I could)
And by the way he fell, (sound familiar?)
And by the way he
Stood up, and vanished into air. (back to the beginning).
The whole story loops on itself. Fairly obvious. No particular religion required.
There's my 3 cents.

In Reference to One for the Vine | Reviewer: A. Neely | 12/17/07

This is clearly a song about the difficulty of inspired leadership -- especially if the leader thinks he is divinely inspired. While the story seems completely fictitious, it draws from a number of biblical themes -- deliberately, in my opinion.

A rebel is disenchanted with a religious/military leader who calls himself "the chosen one." The rebel breaks away from the 50,000 strong who follow him. But the rebel unwittingly falls into the same trap, and finds himself leading a group on a similar religious journey. In an effort to break free from the cycle of deceit, the rebel meditates alone and finds himself talking with "water" and "the vine."

He then rises up, apparently with new inspiration and direction, and leads the group to a plain he sees ahead. He surely hopes to find a successful resolution for himself and for the group there, probably through the establishment of a new, peaceful community.

But he is startled by the sight of another adventurer alone on a mountainside like he was. This individual also stumbles, as he did; but then he stands up, and -- the narrator tells us -- "vanished into air."

I have no doubt this final figure symbolizes Jesus, the ultimate Rebel Messiah. According to the Bible, on several occasions Jesus was in a physical location, then vanished from sight in an instant (eg. Luke 24, Acts 1).

In addition, the water and vine metaphors bring to mind statements attributed to Jesus in the gospels. Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me, you can do nothing." (John 15:5) Jesus also said: "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink." (John 7:37) The verses that follow this passage clearly indicate that he was speaking of spiritual satisfaction, but they also point to Jesus as the source of "living water."

Who knows whether songwriter Tony Banks had these specific scriptures in mind when he wrote the song? But I am convinced the title is a reference to Jesus “The Vine,” and I believe Banks was familiar with the biblical concepts I've mentioned, and at least toyed with them in his song

If there is a theme to One for the Vine, which tracks the mountain journeys of three unique individuals, the thought that Jesus is the only (God-) man capable of leading people on a successful spiritual quest is one that works.

one for the vine truth | Reviewer: robert simpson | 11/30/07

this song is clearly about the walk of jesus,"he shall save us..." thank you genesis for a song about our king

Thoughts on One For The Vine lyrics | Reviewer: C Gibson | 10/4/07

I don't know if the lyrics refer to any specific person or situation in history. This has been one of my favorite songs lyrically and musically since I was a mid-teen, and I have pondered its meaning constantly.

I believe that it is about the essential rebellious nature of youth, the sincere desire to strike out on a different path than what is expected (familial, societal), and discover and develop one's own voice - often impulsively. Many elements of adult society seem drab, hyprocritical, and outright dangerous to a teen. The more spirited among us often declare that we will "do things differently." Yet, the path to maturity has its inevitable direction, we encounter circumstances beyond our evident control, and sure enough one day we look up and find that we are as those same adults we swore we'd never become. Think of the boy who pursues an artistic vocation only to end up taking over his father's business or the woman who discovers that as an adult she frequently feels like a carbon copy of her mother. The moment we make these discoveries about ourselves is generally the moment it appears that our youthful selves have truly, alas, "vanished into air." Our priorities and sense of identity have matured, and the motivations of adults that we could never fully have understood as kids are now all too evident and all too relevant.

Anyway, those are just my thoughts on the lyrics. I always find listening to this song to be an incredibly moving experience.

"One For the Vine": Sources? | Reviewer: Judas's Carry Out | 7/23/07

Besides being a beautiful swan song for Genesis' symphonic prog era, this epic from "Wind and Wuthering" is some type of exegesis regarding war and religion. Does anybody know the specific literary/historic source for the lyric? Example: "Eleventh Earl of Mar" which proceeds it, is about a little known Scottish rebellion in 1715.

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