℗ 1978 Atlantic Records SD 19173
Having lost frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett during the preceding three years, Genesis soldiered on as a trio with this 1978 release. They had previously scaled the prog rock heights in their own very English, literate, and dramatic way, producing a relatively tuneful and provocative mix out of Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Hackett's architectronic charts; Collins' fluidly sophisticated drumming; and Gabriel's theatrics. Foreshadowing the band's later incarnation as a very pop-friendly, chart-topping outfit, And Then There Were Three straddles the divide between the band's earlier, often times verbose explorations and later radio-issue tracks, like 1986's "Invisible Touch." With Collins' ascendancy not too far off, Banks and Rutherford hold court with impressive ballads like "Many Too Many" and "Snowbound." While a tad overarching in spots, the sentiment is generally well-framed. Rutherford furthers his credibility on the jazz-tinged, barroom ballad "Say It's Alright Joe." When the trio teams up on multi-tempo/mood sides like "Ballad of Big," though, the going gets confusing, with nicely turned bursts of melody often giving way to leaden passages. But somehow they find an unadulterated groove on their first major hit, "Follow You Follow Me," setting the stage for the many smashes that would follow. Sure, there are cringe-inducing guitar breaks and questionable synthesizer textures along the way, but both the Genesis purist and latter-day fan should still find much to enjoy here. — Stephen Cook.
(Collins — Banks — Rutherford)
It's good to be here! How've you been? Check my bags, boy! Where's my room? Gotta 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. And there's something I must tell you today. You and I both knew 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, You're on your own! I don't talk round corners, 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. But just 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, 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 gotts sink or swim, get off the floor! I don't talk round corners, 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. But just show me the door, show me someone who'll do it better.
The curtains are drawn Now the fire warms the room. Meanwhile outside Wind from the north-east chills the air, It will soon be snowing out there. And some there are Cold, they prepare for a sleepless night. Maybe this will be their last fight. But we're safe in each other's embrace, All fears go out as I look on your face- Better think awhile Or I may never think again. If this were the last day of your life, my friend, Tell me, what do you think you would do then? Stand up to the blow that fate has struck upon you, Make the most of all you still have coming to you, or Lay down on the ground and let the tears run from you, Crying to the grass and trees and heaven finally on your knees Let me live again, let life come find me wanting. Spring must strike again against the shield of winter. Let me feel once more the arms of love surround me, Telling me the danger's past, I need not fear the icy blast again. Laughter, music and perfume linger here And there, and there, Wine flows from flask to glass and mouth, As it soothes, confusing our doubts. And soon we feel, Why do a single thing to-day, There's tomorrow sure as I'm here. So the days they turn into years And still no tomorrow appears. Better think awhile etc.
(Collins — Banks — Rutherford)
Big Jim Cooley commanded respect, whatever he wanted he could get. The badge on his waistcoat shone in the sun. It ain't no lie, Big Jim was feared by everyone. In the saloon one evening Big took a bet With a rancher whose name I forget. He wanted a herd taken over the plain, And he called Jim `yellow', he'll never do that again. He got mad! He threw his badge on the floor and walked out, He's gonna give it a try, he left no doubt. "Must be mad, must be mad"! The people wished him well, and good luck. "Hell, I don't need it"! He laughed , got on His horse and rode away. Over on the trail, Jim 'n' his crew of five Were trying their best to keep the cattle alive. The weather was hard, but so were the men, Though I don't think even Jim'll try this trip again. His horses were edgy, sensing trouble ahead, But the trouble didn't start till the men were in bed A-whooping and a-hollering and flashing their knives, Big and his men were jumped by an all-star Indian tribe. He was scared, Big Jim was scared Alive, they called him lucky, but not today. Cos he died like all good cowboys with his boots on next to his men. Big Jim, he still won't lie down, For him the bet is still on. Some say he rides there, cursing still. Some say they've seen him.
Lay your body down upon the midnight snow, Feel the cold of winter in your hair Here in a world of your own, In a casing that's grown To a children's delight That arrived overnight. And here they come to play their magic games Carving names upon your frozen hand. Here in a world of your own, Like a sleeper whose eyes Sees the pain with surprise As it smothers your cries They'll never never know. Hey there's a Snowman Hey, Hey what a Snowman Pray for the Snowman Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman They say a snow year's a good year Filled with the love of all who lie so deep. Smiling faces tear your body to the ground Covered red that only we can see. Here in a ball that they made From the snow on the ground, See it rolling away With wild eyes to the sky They'll never, never know. Hey there's a Snowman Hey what a Snowman Pray for the Snowman Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman They say a snow year's a good year Filled with the love of all who lie so deep. Hey there goes the Snowman Hey there what a Snowman Hey there lies the Snowman Hey he was a Snowman They say a snow year's a good year Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.
The warming sun, the cooling rain, The snowflake drifting on the breath of the breeze, The lightning bolt that frees the sky for you Yet only eagles seem to pass on through. The words of love, the cries of hate, And the man in the moon who seduced you Then finally loosed you. You climbed upon a burning rope to escape the mob below, But you had put the flaming out so that others could not follow, To be out of the bounds and the barks of those who do not wish you well. You must blaze a trail of your own, unknown, alone, But keep in mind Don't live to-day for tomorrow like you were immortal. The only survivors on this world of ours are The warming sun etc. You're old And disillusioned now as you realise at last, That all all you have accomplished here will have soon all turned to dust. You dream of a future after life, well that's a maybe, I don't know. But you cant take what you left behind, you're all alone. So keep in mind Don't live to-day for tomorrow like you were immortal. The only survivors on this world of ours are The warming sun etc.
Get out of the way fat man. You got something to do Go fill up your hands till they're shining up at you. You gotta get out while there's gold in the air It's falling like water, coming down from the hills. Go West young man Earn a dollar a day just like your family said. You're rolling your days right on into the night The head of the line's going way out of sight. Go West young man like your family said All along the wagons All along the dusty trail. Seventeen years not over a day Like children in the wild. Your mother's milk still wet on your face And no one to pray for your safe journey home. Out beyond the desert To cross the mountains by the lake. Servants who leave their masters house Are walking all the way. The golden fields that beckoned you Are darkened by the years. Go West young man If you knew then what you know today You'd be back where you started a happier man And leave all the glory to those who have remained. Go West young man Go West young man, like your family said.
Many too many have stood where I stand Many more will stand here too, But I think what I find strange is the way you built me up Then knocked me down again. The part was fun but now it's over, Why can't I just leave the stage? Maybe that's because you securely locked me up Then threw away the key. Oh mama, Please would you find the key. Oh pretty mama, Please won't you let me go free. I thought I was lucky I thought that I'd got it made. How could I be so blind? You said good-bye on a corner That I thought led to the straight. You set me on a firmly laid and simple course And then removed the road. Oh mama, Please help me find my way. Oh pretty mama, Please lead me through the next day. I thought I was lucky I thought that I'd got it made. How could I be so blind?
(Collins — Banks)
Little Nemo rubbed his eyes and got out of bed, trying hard to piece together a broken dream. His visions lifelike and full of imagination It's strange to think they come from such a tiny head. Dragons breathing fire, but friendly. Mushrooms as tall as houses. Giant Nymphs and goblins playing, Scenes from a night's dream, poor little Nemo! Eating all kinds of food so close to bedtime Always made him have these nightmares, it seemed. Helped young Washington in the garden, Cut the cherry tree down. Now we all know that's not history, Scenes from a night's dream, poor little Nemo! "Nemo, get out of bed!" "Don't tell me stories, I don't want to know!" "Come on you sleepy head, we're waiting to go!" Once he went to the 'Carnival of Nations' Dancing with the princess through the night. Found themselves on a moving platform Ten ton weights above them, Seeking audience with King Morpheus. Scenes from a night's dream, poor little Nemo! "Nemo, get out of bed!" "Don't tell me stories, I don't want to know!" "Come on you sleepy head, we're waiting to go!"
Say it's alright Joe, I need another drink To blow on the glass so I know I'm alive Play me a song Joe To fill the hours till morning Then never again will I bother you Ooh, Build myself a tower No way in no way out. Then my friends can visit me Once in a while. Say it's alright Joe. I need some reassurance You never know what you might find in the night. Ooh I'm just a busy bee, still alone in my hive, I'm looking for some other world To dream out my dreams. There were Kings who were laughing in the rain And they told me I'd come here to lead the parade All the colours were changing, The sky was in ruins The lights are all shining on me and on you Shine on… Say it's alright Joe The night will soon be over And nothing and no one will ever know. Open my eyes Joe I'd like to see the daylight The clock on the wall says it's time to leave. Never seen the same face twice Never walked the same way The little love that I have known I keep to myself. If there's a fire it's asleep in my bed I must leave it to burn until it burns itself out Catch as you can I'm not staying here long I'll be coming back early or never at all Shine on…
The man steps out in the moonlight At the sound of a scream from below. He thinks he is a warrior So he picks op his sword and goes. From the mouth of the monster He rescues the maiden fair. But we know she's a demon Come to lure him to the demon's lair. Through restless foliage and tall trees he leads To a house in a clearing, a place in her fear she calls home. "Come with me, I need you, I fear the dark and I live all alone. I'll give you wine and food too And something special after if you like." And though his body bids him To enter in with her, There was something in her manner That his mind could not ignore. For who knows what magic takes place in his world? So he just thanks her kindly preparing to go on his way. "Come with me, I need you, I fear the dark and I live all alone. I'll give you wine and food too And something special after if you like. Come to my garden, Taste the fruits and the spices of love. You can't resist me, I'm the kind that your dreams tell you of." "So glad you could make it We had everything arranged. So glad you saw fit to pay a call." Some men never listen, Others never learn, But why this man did as he did Only he will ever know. He knew he was walking Into a wailing trap, Neatly set up for him With a bait so richly wrapped. So he went inside there to take on what he found But he never escaped them, for who can escape what he desires? "Come with me, I need you, I fear the dark and I live all alone. I'll give you wine and food too And something special after if you like."
(Rutherford — Banks — Collins)
Stay with me, My love I hope you'll always be Right here by my side if ever I needed you Oh my love In your arms, I feel so safe and so secure Everyday is such a perfect day to spend Alone with you I will follow you will you follow me All the days and nights that we know will be I will stay with you will you stay with me Just one single tear in each passing year With the dark, I see so very clearly now All my fears are drifting by me so slowly now Fading away I can say The night is long but you are there Close at hand I'm better for the smile you give And while I live I will follow you will you follow me All the days and nights that we know will be I will stay with you will you stay with me Just one single tear in each passing year there will be I will follow you, I will follow you…