One of the most frequently asked questions by any Genesis fan is
“What is the Lamb about?”
The Annotated Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Check out ‘The Annotated Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ which merges the Lamb’s liner text with the lyrics and concert stories, to present a story combining the three that reads straight through. The link also contains various interpretations.
The analysis of the lyrics in each song is especially interesting. Check out this example:
The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand, there’s a smell of peach blossom and bitter almonde. Caryl Chessman sniffs the air and leads the parade, he know in a scent, you can bottle all you made.
[Caryl Chessman (1922-60) was an American convict-author who was con- victed on 17 charges of kidnapping, robbery and rape. He was granted 8 stays of execution by the governor of California and therefore spent the longest period on record on death row: 12 years. He carried out a brilliant legal battle from prison, learned 4 languages and wrote sev- eral best selling books during this time. He was eventually executed and the publicity generated worldwide criticism of the American judic- ial system. He was one of the first people to die in a gas chamber. The smell of peach blossom and bitter almond is the characteristic one for cyanide gas. The phrase “in a scent” might be a play on words also meaning “innocent.” If this were the case “innocent, you can bottle all you made” would then mean that if Caryl were to successful- ly prove his innocence, he could bottle up, or put behind him, his previous actions and go free.]