"Your progressive hypocrites hand out their trash…"

These days, it’s not easy being a fan of old Genesis music. Both McGehee and Michele of Popped Culture (Formerly A Small Victory) are making fun of a couple of Genesis classics of late. But that put me in mind of another, slightly less well-known Genesis song that could have very well have been the theme of the recent Democratic National Convention — it even features a character named John.

Lyrics below the fold.

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Genesis
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Disk 1, Track 9
The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging

The last great adventure left to mankind Screams a drooping lady
Offering her dreamdolls at less than extortionate prices,
And as the notes and coins are taken out
I’m taken in, to the factory floor.

For the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging just need a fuse.

Got people stocked in every shade,
Must be doing well with trade.
Stamped, addressed, in odd fatality.
That evens out their personality.
With profit potential marked by a sign,
I can recognise some of the production line,
No bite at all in labour bondage,
Just wrinkled wrappers or human bandage.

The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
Its the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging just need a fuse.

The hall runs like clockwork
Their hands mark out the time,
Empty in their fullness
Like a frozen pantomime.
Everyones a sales representative
Wearing slogans in their shrine.
Dishing out failsafe superlative,
Brother John is No. 9.

For the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
Its the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging just need a fuse.

The decor on the ceiling
Has planned out their future day
I see no sign of free will,
So I guess Ill have to pay, pay my way,
For the Grand Parade.
For the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
All ready to use
The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging just need a fuse.

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  1. david August 29, 2004
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