Fly on a Windshield

Revisiting some of the music of my youth. Some of it is good, some not so much. One of the more interesting “concept albums” of the 1970s was The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis that came out in 1974. This was when Peter Gabriel was with the group, and before they became more pop and less progressive rock. I highly recommend it.

This is “Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974”

Lyrics for “The Broadway Melody of 1974” are after the break. (A lot of cultural references that I’m sure are lost on people today. Caryl Chessman, Lenny Bruce, even Marshall McLuhan and Groucho are probably mysteries. Even why sirens might be wailing in 1974…)

Echoes of the Broadway Everglades,
With her mythical madonnas still walking in their shades:
Lenny Bruce, declares a truce and plays his other hand.
Marshall McLuhan, casual viewin’, head buried in the sand.
Sirens on the rooftops wailing, but there’s no ship sailing.
Groucho, with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing.
Klu Klux Klan serve hot soul food and the band plays ‘In the Mood’
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.
There’s Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes, smiling at the majorettes
smoking Winston Cigarettes.
And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
with needles; needles and pins.

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