Genesis - The Carpet Crawlers

He returns from his mixed-up memories to the passage he was previously stuck in. This time he discovers a long carpeted corridor.There is lambswool under my naked feet.The wool is soft and warm,- gives off some kind of heat.A salamander scurries into flame to be destroyed.Imaginary creatures are trapped in birth on celluloid.The fleas cling to the golden fleece,Hoping they'll find peace.Each thought and gesture are caught in celluloid.There's no hiding in my memory.There's no room to avoid.The walls are painted in red ochre and are marked by strange insignia, some looking like a bulls-eye, others of birds and boats. Further down the corridor, he can see some people; all kneeling. With broken sighs and murmurs they struggle, in their slow motion to move towards a wooden door at the end. Having seen only the inanimate bodies in the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging, Rael rushes to talk to them.The crawlers cover the floor in the red ochre corridor.For my second sight of people, they've more lifeblood than before.They're moving in time to a heavy wooden door,Where the needle's eye is winking, closing in on the poor.The carpet crawlers heed their callers:"We've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get out.""What's going on?" he cries to a muttering monk, who conceals a yawn and replies "It's a long time yet before the dawn." A sphinx-like crawler calls his name saying "Don't ask him, the monk is drunk. Each one of us is trying to reach the top of the stairs, a way out will await us there." Not asking how he can move freely, our hero goes boldly through the door. Behind a table loaded with food, is a spiral staircase going up into the ceiling.There's only one direction in the faces that I see;It's upward to the ceiling, where the chamber's said to be.Like the forest fight for sunlight, that takes root in every tree.They are pulled up by the magnet, believing they're free.The carpet crawlers heed their callers:"We've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get out."Mild mannered supermen are held in kryptonite,And the wise and foolish virgins giggle with their bodies glowingbright.Through THE door a harvest feast is lit by candlelight;It's the bottom of a staircase that spirals out of sight.The carpet crawlers heed their callers:"We've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get out."The porcelain mannikin with shattered skin fears attack.The eager pack lift up their pitchers - they carry all they lack.The liquid has congealed, which has seeped out through the crack,And the tickler takes his stickleback.The carpet crawlers heed their callers:"We've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get outWe've got to get in to get out."



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Genesis The Carpet Crawlers The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway


Alex Mandel
Soooo good! Completely unassuming, sneaks up on you and plays in your head forever.
Anne Weber
I just love them....
Antonio Dias
The best track from \
Azku Shang
The Carpet Crawlers is one of the very finest songs ever composed. It's simply magical...
Benedetto Bruno
Always and forever, thank you to Great Britain and the British people whose creativity, since the 1960s, has given the rest of the World hundreds of unique bands such as the Genesis and music of unparalleled beauty, quirkiness and atmosphere. What would our lives have been without British bands? Thank you from Sicily.
Benjamin Scott SNEAKER JAMZ
This is one of my mom's favorite song!!!!
Beverly Collins
BEAUTIFUL SONG! I've LOVED this for years! Celebrating the 40th Year Release of THIS MASTERPIECE OF AN ALBUM TODAY! TERRIFIC!!! Congrats to All Members of Genesis for this & For All Genesis Fans! 
Buffalo blues
Genesis' version of Lucy in the sky of Diamonds!
Carlo Ron
The Carpet Crawlers: musica scritta da Tony Banks.
Carlos Krueger
...To Me ...Nothing comes close to this Song...Maybe from Pink Floyd...The Beatles....etc...
Cyrus Slapatich
I saw this show in 1975 in Montreal. Me and a buddy bought a bus package from Ottawa. We thought it would be a good idea to take some window pane when we got on the bus to Montreal. And it was. Genesis on lsd was fantastic.
Dan Wesolick
Best music ever created ..old Genesis ...
Dana Vixen
Stunning piece of art to marvel at with your ears and with your heart.
Darren Crooks
Ah, Peter Gabriel... perhaps the most allusive lyricist in history: \
Debbie Benayon
I was 12 years old (1976) when I heard Genesis for the first time.  I lost myself entirely to the Genius, Mr. Peter Gabriel.  His voice makes me travel back in time....
Diego Barbagelata
this one can make you cry, celestial song.
EDDIE
himno nacional de la musica, se todos los tiempos!!!
GEORGE ZEIGLER
Beautiful!  Incredible metaphors!  Definitely coming from a higher place.
Gabriele Dr. Klaus
love it.
Gabriele Morelli
Questa è il capolavoro romantico di Peter Gabriele nell'ultimo disco con i Genesis. Dopo sono diventati un'altra cosa, ma con Gabriel ci hanno lasciato 5 dischi immortali!!
Giuseppe Mocerino
The Best Song in the History of the Music.....my absolutly Number One,since 40 Years......something Better is impossible!!!!!
Harry Alpert
i've been listening to this album and especially this song for 35 years! i still love it! i never get tired of it!
Håkan Wiberg
This is such a masterpiece. The shivers will not even begin to stop.
I am ze Focke-Wulf
This is a very beautiful song. I love Gabriel's voice and all the musical details. Pay attention to Collins drumplay in the background. Allmost concealed but still carrying the whole song like a wave of drums. Excellent!!!
Ignacio Carollo
Lamb is the most complete album I've ever heard and seen. My dad introduced me into it when I was 14 years old. I'm 27 actually and I'm here alone like an idiot reading the lyrics and wondering and crying like the same kid I was 10 years ago. Absolutely brilliant masterpiece.
Jade Shannon
the members of this lovely band r earthly angels i believe
Jarrod Lacy
Brilliant, poetic. Enthralling jam.
Jeffrey Lange
This hole song is one big crescendo from start to finish. Led by Peters emotion filled vocals and haunting lyrics. Every member of the band is the best at what they do. This is one of many excellent songs of Peter Gabriels Genesis. I'm not trying to take anything away from Phil. But this is my Genesis.
Jeremy parker
Prog rock at its best!
Joe Hemmings
Best Genesis album...
Joe Mamma
Genesis; it's a hell of a drug.
Johnny Devious
So glad my dad raised me on prog!
Jojo McDo
who needs drugs for stress when you have old Genesis here
Jon
Tony Freakin' Banks.
Jose Antonio
Tony Banks Peter Gabriel and Phill the voices excellent
Kathleen Albers
Peter Gabriel is a genius. Phil is a master drummer. Would pay a lot to see a reunion.
Kayla H
Sublime beauty ....this is music. This emotionally touches me.
Kevin Broadbent
I chose this song to play at my dads cremation as the curtains started to close, We was not close and did'nt have much in common but what we did have in common was music his taste rubbed off on me on car journeys and playing music at home.. I still listen to all the early Genesis and various other 70's Prog rock bands.. For that I thank you Dad R.I.P
Kevin Davies
one of my favourite songs brings a warm glow to my heart especially with Gabrael singing it.
Liquid Forest
Amazing. Beautiful. Haunting. Brilliant.
Malcolm Mcwhirter
A timeless classic that I love just as much now as I did the first day I heard it ..
Manuel Almeida
so magical...
Maria Lima
💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖
Mark Lanzarotta
Mild-mannered supermen are held in kryptonite!
Michelle C.
love Peter's theatrics
MissKateUK2
Am I weird that this song makes me cry?
MrSANTIAGOSANT
YOU GOTTA GET IN, TO GET OUT... Very inteligent words
Mónica Tercio
Eternal !!!
Napo Oliveros
I use to sing this song I don´t feel that good... It´s so relaxed... I love it!
Oscar Gutierrez
The carpet crawlers heed their callers:\n\
Paolo Gears
Chi sono i pazzi che hanno messo Non mi piace?
Patrice Eyraud
incredible beauty of a song
Peter Borjesson
a song that makes me travel in my mind
Pietro Mauceri
Indimenticabile musica ,fantastici genesis dopo trent'anni ancora più bella.
PolarizeLPS
Wishing I was alive in the 70s...I'm only 15 and was introduced to this band by my dad. Genesis is my favorite band of all time.
Ramon Nunez
Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel almost have the same voice! They make a great power harmony.
Robert Letchworth
I don't typically care for Genesis, but my god, this song does things to me. Especially the chorus. Whether it's Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins harmonizing or that Celtic-sounding flute coming in when the chord changes from the minor 3rd to the major 5th, something about this song makes it absolutely heavenly.
Ronald Neves
It was 1978 or 79. I was having dinner with a girlfriend, in Cascais, Portugal, when they played Carpet Crawlers. Something very unusual happened. The whole restaurant began singing along. It was great.
Roni Rolon
Heaven must sound like this
Rui Duque
It's amazing. My favorite song from unforgetable band. Peter is a genius.
Sammy Sam
The 70s....God Bless You..
Sarang Berangberang Cinema
i can't imagine how to create a song like this Carpet Crawlers....:) a great song! thank you!
Shadow's Russ
I just love Genesis.  Was there ever a better band?
Steve Dwyer
Once a song is sung by the original artist, and sung well its very hard to hear others sing it
Studio M5
I think relaxing feels better after working on the thing you love; ... Iam 60 years old.\nEnjoy the \
Sven Bender
If there was a song to give the feeling love a face for sure this would be \
Terra Sancta
You gotta get in to get out....
Terri Wehrman
This is always bittersweet for me, reminds me of slow dancing with my late husband in our apartment. Newlyweds, broke but had the latest stereo system. Deeply in love! Transcended right back to that moment right now...
Travis Azzopardi
My all time favourite Genesis song!! Ah the memories....!
UncaDollas
Back when music was art
Valerie Marie
Just purchased the entire album today. 😊
Will Nichols
I remember hearing this song for the first time last week after taking 10 hits of Lsd and I've never experienced such epic/intense magic before.. my reality literally dissolved and was replaced with a world made of light and sacred geometry. if it wasn't for my good friend and this song I would have lost my mind.. \nmy life is forever changed
William Larkin
This takes me back to when I was just married in the early 70s, living in a dingy flat in Melbourne, and living in bliss listening to music like this. Life has been very, very good since, but it's hard to beat those days.
Yankarlo Santiago
It's like a sonic painting... it's incredile what this guys used to do!
aaron kramer
What a majestic beautiful piece of music from Genesis!
and321now
I don't think this was merely written by Gabriel. It couldn't have been. See, the spiritual gravitas that this song beholds and the emotions it invokes can only mean one thing, that this song, from somewhere in the ether, found him. It is utterly perfect.
b zanon
this album and pink floyd's dark side of the moon are the 2 best rock albums ever made...\ntrue masterpieces...
bearmassaro
I remember being maybe 9 or 10 years old, pulling out this album from my older brothers collection & thinking how the album told a story was such genius.  It was the very beginning of my undying love for music...
catherine fahy
54 listened first at 14 hasn't changed
christine deegan
One of my favorites. This song can resignate with any aspect of one's life. Truly amazing. My love for them never ends. Gabriel and collins, wow the gift they gave to us . Music fantastique,
coco
this is magic
david dansereau
This group of magicians/musicians forever changed my life.\nAnd for the better.
drumbabyledzep1
Totally agree! Genesis were so successful with Phil, but so more interesting with Gabriel
eduardo cruz
all my life i trashed genesis. i guess is time to shut up and discover more songs like this
fandru 55
this is so beautiful. They have done numerous great songs, with and without Peter Gabriel, but this one is my favourite of all times. Just a miracle.
ilias iliou
I cant describe with words the atmosphere im getting into with this song.
jdw99
If this song doesn't transport you to some other world... you don't have an imagination.
jean marc delgery
without doubt, one of the most emblematic albums of this period prog
kurt leutung
I smoke my weed and enjoy this song often
matdrake88
Never understand the sense of these lyrics but i really love this song
pablo narvay
¿Que mágica inspiración impregnó al mundo durante aquellos años? ¿Porqué se dejó de hacer ésta música?
progtoeternity
Chilling, shivering, amazing, stunning, mind blowing... Kills me every time. A stamp in mankind's musical story.
tezza daysoff
incredible music, changed my world , the lyrics and timing of musicianship is the best thing in a long time , saw this gig at Empire pool wembley      god I loved the 70;s 80;s
valerie houldsworth
my favourite genesis song showing the denial struggle and ultimate culmination of love and life.artistry defined!!atb buzz
vesa vartiainen
This song blew my mind back in the seventies. Nothing has changed since: it blew my mind today too!
wiisalute
Genesis is such a huge stress reliever. Just lay down on the couch, breathe and there ya go
william mcmonagle
One of the greatest headphone albums ever, a stunning though difficult work, but a work of genius none the less, it;s as fresh today as all those years ago when i first bought that lovely double vinyl.
wots72
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