Three Sides Live
(UK version, 2nd disc)

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got sunshine in my stomach
Like I just rocked my baby to sleep.
I got sunshine in my stomach
But I can't keep me from creeping sleep,
Sleep, deep in the deep.

He wakes in a cold sweat with a strong urge to vomit. There's no sign
of the cocoon and he can see more of the cave about him. There is much
more of the glowing water dripping from the roof and stalactites and
stalagmites are forming and decomposing at an alarming rate all around him.

Rockface moves to press my skin
White liquid turn sour within
Turn fast - turn sour
Turn sweat - turn sour.
Must tell myself that I'm not here.
I'm drowning in a liquid fear.
Bottled in a strong compression,
My distortion shows obsession
In the cave.
Get me out of this cave!

As fear and shock register, he assures himself that self-control will
provide some security, but this thought is abandoned as the stalactites
and stalagmites lock into a fixed position, forming a cage whose bars
are moving in towards him.

If I keep my self-control,
I'll be safe in my soul.
And the childhood belief
Brings a moment's relief,
But my cynic soon returns
And the lifeboat burns.
My spirit just never learns.

Stalactites, stalagmites
Shut me in, lock me tight.
Lips are dry, throat is dry.
Feel like burning, stomach churning,
I'm dressed up in a white costume
Padding out leftover room.
Body stretching, feel the wretching
In the cage
Get me out of the cage!

At one moment there is a flash of light and he sees an infinite network
of cages all strung together by a ropelike material.

In the glare of a light,
I see a strange kind of sight;
Of cages joined to form a star
Each person can't go very far;
All tied to their things
They're netted by their strings,
Free to flutter in memories of their wasted wings.

As the rocky bars press in on Rael's body, he sees his brother John outside,
looking in. John's face is motionless despite screams for help, but in his
vacant expression a tear of blood forms and trickles down his cheek. Then
he calmly walks away leaving Rael to face the pains which are beginning to
sweep through his body.

Outside the cage I see my Brother John,
He turns his head so slowly round.
I cry out Help! before he can be gone,
And he looks at me without a sound.
And I shout out 'John please help me!'
But he does not even want to try to speak.
I'm helpless in my violent rage
And a silent tear of blood dribbles down his cheek,
And I watch him turn away and leave the cage.
My little runaway.

(Raindrops keep failing on my head, they keep falling on my...)

In a trap, feel a strap
Holding still. Pinned for kill.
Chances narrow that I'll make it,
In the cushioned straight-jacket.
Just like 22nd Street,
They got me by my neck and feet.
Pressures building, can't take more.
My headaches charge, earaches roar.
In this pain
Get me out of this pain.

If I could change to liquid,
I could fill the cracks up in the rocks.
I know that I am solid
And I am my own bad luck.

However, just as John walks out of sight, the cage dissolves and Rael
is left spinning like a top.

Outside John disappears, my cage dissolves,
without any reason my body revolves.

Keep on turning,
Keep on turning,
Turning around,
spinning around.

(round, round, round, round...)
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Like the dust that settles all around me,
I must find a new home.
The ways and holes that used to give me shelter,
Are all as one to me now.
But I, I would search everywhere
Just to hear your call,
And walk upon stranger roads than this one
In a world I used to know before.
I miss you more.

Than the sun reflecting off my pillow,
Bringing the warmth of new life.
And the sounds that echoed all around me,
I caught a glimpse of in the night.
But now, now I've lost everything,
I give to you my soul.
The meaning of all that I believed before
Escapes me in this world of none, no thing, no one.

And I would search everywhere
Just to hear your call,
And walk upon stranger roads than this one
In a world I used to know before.
For now I've lost everything,
I give to you my soul.
The meaning of all that I believed before
Escapes me in this world of none,
I miss you more.
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Fifty thousand men were sent to do the will of one.
His claim was phrased quite simply, though he never voiced it loud,
I am he, the chosen one.

In his name they could slaughter, for his name they could die.
Though many there were believed in him, still more were sure he lied,
But they'll fight the battle on.

Then one whose faith had died
Fled back up the mountainside,
But before the top was made,
A misplaced footfall made him stray
From the path prepared for him.
Off of the mountain,
On to a wilderness of ice.

This unexpected vision made them stand and shake with fear,
But nothing was his fright compared with those who saw him appear.
Terror filled their minds with awe.

Simple were the folk who lived
Upon this frozen wave.
So not surprising was their thought,
This is he, God's chosen one,
Who's come to save us from
All our oppressors.
We shall be kings on this world.

    Follow me!
    I'll play the game you want me,
    Until I find a way back home.

    Follow me!
    I give you strength inside you,
    Courage to win your battles -

No, no, no, this can't go on,
This will be all that I fled from.
Let me rest for a while.

He walked into a valley,
All alone.
There he talked with water, and then with the vine.

They leave me no choice.
I must lead them to glory or most likely to death.

They travelled cross the plateau of ice, up to its edge.
Then they crossed a mountain range and saw the final plain.
Still he urged the people on.

Then, on a distant slope,
He observed one without hope
Flee back up the mountainside.
He thought he recognised him by his walk,
And by the way he fell,
And by the way he
Stood up, and vanished into air.
next song previous song Genesis: Rock Theatre Genesis: Three Sides Live (UK version) Genesis: Nursery Cryme Fountain Of Salmacis
Hermaphrodite: a flower containing both male and female organs; a person or animal of both sexes.

The child Hermaphroditus was the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, the result of a secret love affair. For this reason he was
entrusted to the nymphs of the isolated Mount Ida, who allowed him to grow up as a wild creature of the woods. After his
encounter with the water-nymph Salmacis, he laid a curse upon the water. According to fable, all persons who bathed in the
water became hermaphrodites.

From a dense forest of tall dark pinewood,
Mount Ida rises like an island.
Within a hidden cave, nymphs had kept a child;
Hermaphroditus, son of gods, so afraid of their love.

   As the dawn creeps up the sky
   The hunter caught sight of a doe.
   In desire for conquest,
   He found himself within a glade he'd not beheld before.

Hermaphroditus:                   Narrator:
 "Where are you, my father?        "Then he could go no farther
  Give wisdom to your son"          Now lost, the boy was guided by the sun"

   And as his strength began to fail
   He saw a shimmering lake.
   A shadow in the dark green depths
   Disturbed the strange tranquility.

Salmacis:                         Narrator:
 "The waters are disturbed         "The waters are disturbed
  Some creature has been stirred"   Naiad queen Salmacis has been stirred"

As he rushed to quench his thirst,
A fountain spring appeared before him
And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,
A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring".

   The water tasted strangely sweet.
   Behind him the voice called again.
   He turned and saw her, in a cloak of mist alone
   And as he gazed, her eyes were filled with the darkness of the lake.

Salmacis:                         Narrator:
 "We shall be one                  "She wanted them as one
  We shall be joined as one"        Yet he had no desire to be one"

Hermaphroditus:     "Away from me cold-blooded woman
                     Your thirst is not mine"
Salmacis:           "Nothing will cause us to part
                     Hear me, O Gods"

Unearthly calm descended from the sky
And then their flesh and bones were strangely merged
Forever to be joined as one.

   The creature crawled into the lake.
   A fading voice was heard:
   "And I beg, yes I beg that all who touch this spring
   May share my fate"

Salmacis:                         Narrator:
 "We are the one                   "The two are now made one,
  We are the one"                   Demi-god and nymph are now made one"

Both had given everything they had.
A lover's dream had been fulfilled at last,
Forever still beneath the lake.
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Rael cannot look away from those eyes, mesmerized by his own image.
In a quick movement, his consciousness darts from one face to the
other, then back again, until his presence is no longer solidly
contained in one or the other. In this fluid state he observes both
bodies outlined in yellow and the surrounding scenery melting into
a purple haze. With a sudden rush of energy up both spinal columns,
their bodies, as well, finally dissolve into the haze.

All this takes place without a single sunset, without a single bell
ringing and without a single blossom falling from the sky. Yet it
fills everything with its mysterious intoxicating presence.
It's over to you.

When its cold, it come slow
it is warm, just watch it grow
- all around me
it is here. it is now.

Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.
Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.
it is chicken, it is eggs,
it is in between your legs.
it is walking on the moon,
leaving your cocoon.

it is the jigsaw. it is purple haze.
it never stays in one place, but it's not a passing phase,
it is in the singles bar, in the distance of the face
it is in between the cages, it is always in a space
it is here. it is now.

Any rock can be made to roll
If you've enough of it to pay the toll
it has no home in words or goal
Not even in your favourite hole
it is the hope for the dope
Who rides the horse without a hoof
it is shaken not stirred;
Cocktails on the roof.

When you eat right through it you see everything alive
it is inside spirit, with enough grit to survive
If you think that its pretentious, you've been taken for a ride.
Look across the mirror sonny, before you choose decide
it is here. it is now
it is Real. it is Rael

'cos it's only knock and knowall, but I like it...
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Watcher of the skies watcher of all
His is a world alone no world is his own,
He whom life can no longer surprise,
Raising his eyes beholds a planet unknown.

Creatures shaped this planet's soil,
Now their reign has come to an end,
Has life again destroyed life,
Do they play elsewhere, do they know
more than their childhood games?
Maybe the lizard's shed its tail,
This is the end of man's long union with Earth.

Judge not this race by empty remains
Do you judge God by his creatures when they are dead?
For now, the lizard's shed it's tail
This is the end of man's long union with Earth.

From life alone to life as one,
Think not now your journey's done
For though your ship be sturdy, no
Mercy has the sea,
Will you survive on the ocean of being?
Come ancient children hear what I say
This is my parting council for you on your way.

Sadly now your thoughts turn to the stars
Where we have gone you know you never can go.
Watcher of the skies watcher of all
This is your fate alone, this fate is your own.