Daily Archives: February 19, 2013

Radio XVI, side A, track 13: “Land Of Confusion” by Genesis

Genesis - Land Of ConfusionOh, Genesis, let’s just get this out of the way first.  The song’s awesome, I owned the tape “Invisible Touch” of which this was a part of, I enjoyed the hell out of it, blah blah blah.  But here’s what I really loved about it.  No, not its social conscience, although that’s nice and all.  Somehow, somewhere, I caught the video for this, and lo and behold, I realized that you guys were being played by “Spitting Image” puppets.  I LOVED the Spitting Image specials that they used to play when I was a kid, Genesis, so when I saw that you were allowing yourselves to be caricatured, well, that just made you all the cooler.  I couldn’t have been more than 10 when those specials were on, Genesis, but I connected with the biting satire of “Spitting Image” immediately.  Being 10 years old, I didn’t quite understand all of it, but I did understand that this was the next step up from my much-loved Muppets.  Being raised in a Minnesota Democrat family, I gleefully watched as Ronald and Nancy got skewered, and while I didn’t recognize most of the actors and actresses who were being mercilessly mocked, it was all hilarious nonetheless.  It didn’t matter that I didn’t get most of the jokes.  They were puppets!  And I love me some puppets.  But we’ll discuss that later. . .

“Land Of Confusion”

I must’ve dreamed a thousand dreams

Been haunted by a million screams

But I can hear the marchin’ feet

They’re movin’
Into the street

Now did you read the news today

They say the danger’s gone away

But I can see the fires still alight

Burnin’
Into the night

There’s too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems

And not much love ta go round

Can’t you see this is the land of confusion

Well, this is the world we live in (Oh-oh-oh)
And these are the hands we’re given (Oh-oh-oh)
Use them and let’s start trying (Oh-oh-oh)
To make it a place worth living in

Ooo, Superman, where are you now

Well, everything’s gone wrong somehow

The men of steel
Men of power

They’re losin’
Control by the hour

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future

But there’s not much love to go round

Tell me why this is the land of confusion

This is the world we live in (Oh-oh-oh)
And these are the hands we’re given (Oh-oh-oh)
Use them and let’s start trying (Oh-oh-oh)
To make it a place worth living in

<awesome Genesis jam>

I remember long ago

Ooo, when the sun was shining

And the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight

So long ago

<awesome Genesis jam>

I won’t be comin’ home tonight

My generation
Will put it right

We’re not just makin’ promises

That we know
We’ll never keep

Too many men
There’s too many people
Makin’ too many problems

And not much love to go round

Can’t ya see this is the land of confusion

Well, this is the world we live in (Oh-oh-oh)
And these are the hands we’re given (Oh-oh-oh)
Use them and let’s start trying (Oh-oh-oh)
To make it a place worth fightin’ for
This is the world we live in (Oh-oh-oh)
And these are the names we’re given (Oh-oh-oh)
Stand up and let’s start showin’ (Oh-oh-oh)
Just where our lives are going to

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