Supper's Ready Lyrics - Genesis
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[I. Lovers' Leap]
Walking across the sitting-room, I turn the television off.
Sitting beside you, I look into your eyes.
As the sound of motor cars fades in the night time,
I swear I saw your face change... it didn't seem quite right.
...And it's "hello babe, with your guardian eyes so blue.
Hey my baby - don't you know our love is true."
Coming closer with our eyes, a distance falls around our bodies.
Out in the garden, the moon seems very bright,
Six saintly shrouded men move across the lawn slowly.
The seventh walks in front... with a cross held high in hand.
...And it's "hey babe, your Supper's waiting for you.
Hey my baby, don't you know our love is true."
I've been so far from here,
Far from your warm arms.
It's good to feel you again,
It's been a long long time. Hasn't it?
[II. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man]
I know a farmer who looks after the farm.
With water clear, he cares for all his harvest.
I know a fireman who looks after the fire.
You - can't you see he's fooled you all.
Yes - he's here again, can't you see he's fooled you all.
Share his peace,
Sign the lease.
He's a supersonic scientist,
He's the guaranteed eternal sanctuary man.
Look, look into my mouth he cries,
And all the children lost down many paths,
I bet my life you'll walk inside
Hand in hand,
Gland in gland
With a spoonful of miracle,
He's the guaranteed eternal sanctuary man.
We will rock you, rock you little snake,
We will keep you snug and warm.
[III. Ikhnaton and Itsacon and their Band of Merry Men]
Wearing feelings on our faces while our faces took a rest,
We walked across the fields to see the children of the West,
But we saw a host of dark skinned warriors
Standing still below the ground -
Waiting for battle!
The fight's begun, they've been released.
Killing foe for peace... bang, bang, bang. Bang, bang, bang...
And they're giving me a wonderful potion,
'Cause I cannot contain my emotion.
And even though I'm feeling good,
Something tells me I'd better activate my prayer capsule.
Today's a day to celebrate, the foe have met their fate.
The order for rejoicing and dancing has come from our warlord.
[IV. How Dare I Be so Beautiful?]
Wandering through the chaos the battle has left,
We climb up a mountain of human flesh,
To a plateau of green grass, and green trees full of life.
A young figure sits still by a pool,
He's been stamped "Human Bacon" by some butchery tool.
(He is you)
Social Security took care of this lad.
We watch in reverence, as Narcissus is turned to a flower.
[V. Willow Farm]
If you go down to Willow Farm,
To look for butterflies, flutterbyes, gutterflies
Open your eyes, it's full of surprise, everyone lies,
Like the fox on the rocks,
And the musical box.
Oh, there's Mum & Dad, and good and bad,
And everyone's happy to be here.
There's Winston Churchill dressed in drag,
He used to be a British flag, plastic bag, what a drag.
The frog was a prince, the prince was a brick, the brick was an egg,
the egg was a bird.
(Fly away you sweet little thing, they're hard on your tail)
Hadn't you heard?
(They're going to change you into a human being!)
Yes, we're happy as fish and gorgeous as geese,
and wonderfully clean in the morning.
We've got everything, we're growing everything,
We've got some in,
We've got some out,
We've got some wild things floating about!
Everyone, we're changing everyone,
You name them all, we've had them here,
And the real stars are still to appear!
Feel your body melt;
Mum to mud to mad to dad,
Dad diddley office, Dad diddley office,
You're all full of ball.
Dad to dam to dum to mum,
Mum diddley washing, Mum diddley washing,
You're all full of ball.
Let me hear your lies, we're living this up to the eyes.
Momma I want you now!
And as you listen to my voice
To look for hidden doors, tidy floors, more applause.
You've been here all the time,
Like it or not, like what you got,
You're under the soil (the soil, the soil),
Yes, deep in the soil (the soil, the soil, the soil, the soil!).
So we'll end with a whistle and end with a bang
and all of us fit in our places.
[VI. Apocalypse in 9/8 (Co-starring the Delicious Talents of Gabble Ratchet)]
With the guards of Magog, swarming around;
The Pied Piper takes his children underground.
Dragons coming out of the sea,
Shimmering silver head of wisdom looking at me.
He brings down the fire from the skies,
You can tell he's doing well by the look in human eyes.
Better not compromise.
It won't be easy.
666 is no longer alone,
He's getting out the marrow in your back bone,
And the seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll,
Gonna blow right down inside your soul.
Pythagoras with the looking glass reflects the full moon,
In blood, he's writing the lyrics of a brand new tune.
And it's "hey babe, with your guardian eyes so blue,
Hey my baby, don't you know our love is true."
I've been so far from here,
Far from your loving arms,
Now I'm back again - and babe it's gonna work out fine.
[VII. As Sure as Eggs is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)]
Can't you feel our souls ignite?
Shedding ever changing colours, in the darkness of the fading night,
Like the river joins the ocean, as the germ in a seed grows
We have finally been freed to get back home!
There's an angel standing in the sun, and he's crying with a loud voice,
"This is the Supper of the mighty one",
Lord of Lords,
King of Kings,
Has returned to lead his children home,
To take them to the new Jerusalem!
Writer: GABRIEL, PETER / BANKS, ANTHONY / COLLINS, PHIL / HACKETT, STEVEN / RUTHERFORD, MICHAEL
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, CARLIN AMERICA INC, WINDSWEPT HOLDINGS LLC
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Musical Box in Denver review 3/4/14 | Reviewer: Tom | 3/5/14
Saw them for the first time last night. Early Genesis sort of ruled my life in my high school years (I'm 55 now), and I have probably heard every song a few thousand times. I know every note of every song, and they played it all, faithfully. What is even more surprising is the complete faithfulness of the instruments, stage layout, dress, and even hair styles to what G was looking like in 1973. The front man even introduces songs identically to the way Gabriel used. They performed FOXTROT, but substituted the Musical Box for Horizons (fine with me), and played the Knife and Fountain of Salmacis for encores. Simply...magnificent. I really feel like I saw what a '73 should would have been like. Won't ever for get this till I'm cold and buried....
A truly amazing song! | Reviewer: Andy Maharaj | 1/30/14
I'm 51 now. I've loved "Suppers Ready" since discovering the music of Genesis in 1980. My words can't do the song justice. Many of you here have echoed what I'd say. But I will add this:
I never ever thought I'd see the whole song performed live but last week I was able to see the song performed by "The Musical Box". If you love the song, and/or love Genesis in their 1973 period, go see the show. Fantastic stuff!
A story still as strong as ever | Reviewer: Ann | 11/2/13
I totally agree with you Jim, was a Genesis fan 25 years ago, but I still go back to this music from time to time, and I'm never disappointed still brings emotions, and suppers ready on seconds out is AWESOME!!!!
Incredible!!! | Reviewer: nygenesis | 10/25/13
Easily one of the best songs ever recorded in rock history. I have seen the band about 8 times from 1981 to 1992 and only see them play a short section of the song within a medley. I recently saw Steve Hackets's Genesis revisted tour - he played the entire song and I won't bother trying to tell you how unreal it was - one of the highligths for me in my life as far as live music performance. I am lucky enough to be seeing the Musial Box in late November on Long Island. They are re=creating the Selling England and Foxtrot albums. If you have not seen them and love this music don't leave this earth without missing them!
My son's name | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/11/13
Today I suddenly realized that I had named my son based on the phrase of this song. His name in Japanese means the truth is gathered and flow out into the ocean. I believe that everyone who loves this song would feel the same, magnifient and spiritually raised feelings at the phrase of 'Like the river joins the ocean, as the germ in a seed grows,we have finally been freed to get back home!' Maybe I wished that my son would experience such a great feeling during his life. It sounds weird, but this song has such a powerful penetration into my heart."This is the Supper of the mighty one"
Epic Masterpiece; Majestic, Sublime | Reviewer: John Joseph | 10/11/13
nothing quite compares to this, not by genesis or anyone else. the live 1973 version at the rainbow is as good as any live performance in rock, progressive or otherwise. there are any number of bands that might compare to the greatness of genesis, but i haven't heard many songs that live up to this. jerusalem boogie to us, perhaps. but, to the birds it meant, the supper was ready. i'm sure it can be interpreted many ways. i like the 'love song' aspect.
This is music | Reviewer: q_narf | 8/15/13
Listened to Suppers Ready until my early twenties or so. Came across it by chance now I'm around fifty. How could I forget this stunning piece of work? It still moves me, like it did 30 yrs ago. A modern version of Tchaikovski or Bach if u ask me.
a title for your review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/8/13
As someone relatively unversed in the study of music (or religion, as it may be important to note for this specific song), I can say with some certainty that I'm not fully comprehending everything that's been put into this 23 minute piece of music. That being said, I consider it quite possibly my favorite Genesis song, though that may be unfair as it is double the length of any other piece of music that they have released which I have taken the effort to listen to. I've found myself comparing this track to many of the other 15+ minute suites that I've encountered on my journey through progressive rock, prevalent in bands such as Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Pink Floyd, etc. and what really stands out about this song (to me) is how seamlessly it transitions from piece to piece considering just how varying the song is throughout it's 23 minute span. I also enjoy the reoccurring "riffs" (for lack of a better word) that seem to be played throughout the song on different instruments.
Genesis was releasing brilliant music from Trespass through The Lamb but, in my eyes, this is their magnum opus.
In my humble opinion this has no SWAG whatsoever | Reviewer: mbepis | 2/27/13
As the ones of you who are blessed with the ability to read would probably have derived from the title of this comment, I hold ''Supper's ready'' in exceedingly low regard. The cause of my having such an unfavourable opinion of this composition could be by no means rendered better than by the words of the late Jack Goff (spouse of mrs. Barb Dwire, the renowned gardener) but which I, unfortunately, cannot report in this elucidation, for the excessive presence of profanity would with no doubt cause this writing to be censored if not removed.
Now if you could ezcuse me, my goldfish has died.
No song better!!!!!! | Reviewer: Jeff Howerton | 11/4/12
Supper's ready is a story of a song. The only song that is 24 minutes in length and you never get bored. It is a very strong song that culminates with an unforgetable melody, lyrics and emotion! There is no other band than can match this kind of performance!
Next to Mad Man Moon... Suppers Rerady is one of the best Genesis songs... ever! | Reviewer: Vincent McCabe | 8/17/12
What makes this song magnificent is the variety of transitions, musically and poetically, which reach their crescendo with the arrival of Christ returning to save the world. Visually stimulating when performed live, but still a treat just to listen to, Suppers Ready is a timeless classic. For those who don’t know what the book of Revelation has to say about the second coming of Christ, I encourage you to read it…and then make comparisons with what Peter Gabriel has incorporated into this interpretation. I have sat and listened to this particular song countless times, and it never fails to stir me. What’s not to like? I am an avid Genesis fan and feel privileged to have been able to watch the band progress in all three of their formats, since first discovering them back in 1969. With little good music to inspire the current generation, and with few musicians seeking to emulate, write songs, or follow in the footsteps of bands like Genesis, I am saddened by the current lack of melodic rock music and poetry which bands like Genesis and Yes developed to enthral a different generation. Mad Man Moon remains my favourite Genesis song, simply because Cupid conspired to capture my heart via a stunning young lady, and this was the song we used to play endlessly. Oh to relive those fabulous days!
So many years | Reviewer: Neil Warner | 5/15/12
After more than thirty years of Genesis appreciation, all three versions hold their points. First heard Collins on Seconds Out in '77 went back to Foxtrot then in time the boxed set. I think Foxtrot takes it generally, Seconds Out then the box but the intro's win on the box. "Phil?" "Sorry man." "There's people out there!" "I'm really sorry everyone I wasn't paying attention"
Simply the best piece of live music ever recorded | Reviewer: Jim | 4/15/12
I became a Genesis fan in my teens and now nearly 50 I still find their early work to be magical and timeless.
Supper's Ready on Seconds Out in my opinion is the best piece of live music ever recorded. And I love lots of live music. Live Pink Floyd's Pulse DVDs and Peter Gabriel Secret World DVD and many others.
I am glad to be among all of you other fans of this music. Enjoy!
The seventh saintly shrouded man. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/23/12
I didn't discover Genesis until the grand old age of thirty. Up until then I was a callow young man who had been habitually spoon fed Britpop, telling myself this is what I liked, too lazy and blinkered to go beyond the pale. Now when I name drop Genesis into conversations with folk they immediately retort "how eighties!" "Ah but have you heard of a song called Suppers Ready?" comes my reply. I hardly need to tell you the answer to that question. This song, if it can be called song - more like an orchestral symphony of exquisite musicianship is a journey into the musical equivalent of the cosmos. Some people don't get it and never will, leave them as different strokes for different folks is the motto here, just so long as I can escape into another musical dimension from time to time, then my life is all the richer for it.
A Twenty-Three Minute Epic | Reviewer: Jake King | 2/8/12
Genesis, especially their Gabriel era, was a true musical triumph. I am currently fourteen, and I was introduced the The Lamb at a fairly young age. I still find something new in it each time I listen to it, and it's a masterpiece, both musically and lyrically.
After going to see The Musical Box perform all of The Lamb (which was truly magnificent), I have truly begun to learn Genesis's earlier compositions, such as Nursery Cryme, Selling England by the Pound, and of course, Foxtrot.
This song really defines and foreshadows Genesis at its best. The fantastic music is standard for them, but it also uses a plethora of Greek mythological references, which would become common in Genesis, used before in "The Fountain of Salmacis" and would be used later in "Cinema Show."
I can say for certain that there's just nothing modern that this music can even be compared to. I hope that more people can rediscover these gems instead of worshipping pop music artists that turn out the dreck we hear on the radio today. Genesis is one of those gems, and Supper's Ready is a fantastic representation of their greatness.
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