"Looking For Someone" as written by Peter Gabriel, Anthony Banks, Anthony Edwin Phillips and Michael Rutherford....
Looking for someone,
I guess I'm doing that
Trying to find a memory in a dark room
Dirty man, you're looking like a Buddha, I know you well
Yeah

Keep on a straight line
I don't believe I can,
Trying to find a needle in a haystack,
Chilly wind you're piercing like a dagger, it hurts me so.
Yeah

Nobody needs to discover me, I'm back again.
You see the sunlight through the trees, to keep you warm
in peaceful shades of green
Yet in the darkness of my mind
Damascus wasn't far behind.

Lost in a subway,
I guess I'm losing time.
There's a man looking at a magazine
You're such a fool, your mumbo-jumbo never tells me anything
Yeah

Nobody needs to discover me I'm back again
You feel the ashes from the fire that kept you warm
its comfort disappears
And still the only friend I know
Will never tell me where I go

Looking for someone and now I've found myself a name
Come away, leave me, all that I have I will give
Leave me, leave me, all that I am I will give


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Looking for Someone" as written by Steve Hackett Phil Collins

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    General CommentWow no comments.
    One of my favourite Genesis songs.
    powelly_69on September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree. The 'Trespass' album is very great, but overlooked. I find this song a great opener for the album. For me, I think the lyrics are hard follow what it means, but maybe the title explains itself. Looking for someone.
    Ummagumma69on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHmmmm...much as I am loathe to make direct christian connections to the lyrical work of Genesis, Verse 2 and Chorus 1 of this song could be illuminated by this from wikipedia:

    Straight Street is mentioned in the story of Paul's conversion to Christianity in Acts 9:10-19:

    “ Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." And the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight."
    But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name." But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."

    So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.

    Madpropheton November 22, 2008   Link

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