Down And Out Lyrics - Genesis

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It's good to be here! How've you been?
Check my bags, boy! Where's my room?
I sit on the phone, that's my game,
Keep up the pressure all the way!

I don't want to beat about the bush
but none of us are getting any younger.
There's people out there who could take your place.
A more commercial view! A fresher face!

I need a shower, take a nap
I'll meet you in the bar, we must have a rap.
There's a lot on the line, a lot to say.
There's something I must tell you today.

You and I both know the score,
you can't go on like this forever.
So it's with regret that I tell you now
that from this moment on,
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you're on your own!

I don't talk round corners, it's right between the eyes
If you're slow they'll run past you,
Stand tall, see them falling over.
I walk a straight line, it's right between the eyes.
Well show me the door, show me someone who'll do it better.

The drinks are on me, be my guest.
Smoke a cigar? Take the best.
Don't hedge your bets, we can make a deal,
you got it in your pocket, how do you feel?

So glad that's over, now you know,
but I'm only acting under orders.
And looking down on you from way up here.
You've got to sink or swim, get off the floor!

I don't talk round corners, it's right between the eyes
If you're slow they'll run past you,
Stand tall, see them falling over,
I walk a straight line, right between the eyes.
Well show me the door, show me someone who'll do it better.







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When Did You First Hear This Song? | Reviewer: DJ Minteer | 6/22/14

Okay, it's almost embarrassing to admit that the first time I heard the song Down And Out was in June 2014. For cryin' out loud! I've been a fan of rock music for many decades. And progressive rock groups, with those more complex music arrangements, were always my preference. Seems as if there were so many bands like that back then. Back in the late seventies and early eighties, my recollection of Genesis was that they were good, with some catchy tunes. Period. Oh, if I'd only heard Down And Out on the radio I would have been obsessed. But this kind of song didn't get mainstream radio play. Was it the time signature?

So all I really heard from Genesis was the more poppy tunes. And many of Phil Collins' ballads over the years I never really cared for. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the musicianship but it didn't seem my style. I admit that I really never gave Genesis or Phil Collins a chance. Not sure why. My loss.

Fast forward to 2014. I'd almost gotten to the point where I didn't listen to the classic rock radio stations because it seemed like I'd heard it all, in some ways (some songs) too many times. I'd catch myself listening instead to all the brand new pop music - and really liking it. In fact, having recorded for many years myself and knowing what all goes into recording and producing music, I marveled at some of what I considered to be genius productions. There are some damn good song recordings these days.

Getting to the point now... Just last week I mentioned to a coworker, who I knew to be a drummer, that he probably liked so and so drummer back in the day. He told me, "Yeah, he's great, but some music and drumming that I really like are from a few Genesis albums, And Then There Were Three, and Trick Of The Tail." I thought, what? These albums are back to the era of my high school days. What crowd was I running with who didn't turn me on to this music, along with their other smokable condiments? We chatted a bit about music and I become real curious about these two albums.

So, the first album I listened to, And Then There Were Three, the very first song on it, Down And Out, just blew me away. Words cannot do it justice. I just listen and listen to it. Better late than never, as they say. Sheesshh.

Quite a crankin' little tune! | Reviewer: Jerry W. | 5/18/14

Over the years, as a fan of Genesis, somehow I never gave "And Then There Were Three" a fair listening. While there are a few stinkers on the album, "Down And Out" is an exception. This song is surprisingly strong showing Collins, Banks and Rutherford at the top of their game. Good lyrics, killer drumming and wailing keyboards are just a few of the great things this song offers. Mike Rutherford steps up as guitarist and delivers a good aggressive guitar line while Banks solos over the top. Excellent forgotten tune!



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