"The Chamber Of 32 Doors" as written by Anthony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Michael Rutherford and Steve Hackett....
At the top of the stairs he finds a chamber. It is almost a hemisphere with a great many doors all the way round its circumference. There is a large crowd, huddled in various groups. From the shouting, Rael learns that there are 32 doors, but only one that leads out. Their voices get louder and louder until Rael screams "Shut up!" There is a momentary silence and then Rael finds himself the focus as they direct their advice and commands to their new found recruit. Bred on trash, fed on ash the jigsaw master has got to move faster. Rael sees a quiet corner and rushes to it.

At the top of the stairs, there's hundreds of people,
Running around to all the doors.
They try to find, find themselves an audience;
their deductions need applause.

The rich man stands in front of me,
The poor man behind my back.
They believe they can control the game,
But the juggler holds another pack.

I need someone to believe in, someone to trust.
I need someone to believe in, someone to trust.

I'd rather trust a countryman than a townman,
You can judge by his eyes, take a look if you can,
He'll smile through his guard,
Survival trains hard.
I'd rather trust a man who works with his hands,
He looks at you once, you know he understands,
Don't need any shield,
When you're out in the field.

But down here,
I'm so alone with my fear,
With everything that I hear.
And every single door, that I've walked through
Brings me back here again,
I've got to find my own way.

The priest and the magician,
Singing all the chants that they have ever heard;
and they're all calling out my name,
Even academics, searching printed word.

My father to the left of me,
My mother to the right,
Like everyone else they're pointing
But nowhere feels quite right.

And I need someone to believe in, someone to trust.
I need someone to believe in, someone to trust.

I'd rather trust a man who doesn't shout what he's found,
There's no need to sell if you're homeward bound.
If I choose a side,
He won't take me for a ride.

Back inside
This chamber of so many doors;
I've nowhere, nowhere to hide.
I'd give you all of my dreams, if you'd help me,
Find a door
That doesn't lead me back again
Take me away.


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"The Chamber of 32 Doors" as written by Phillip David Charles Collins Anthony George Banks

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, IMAGEM MUSIC INC

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    General CommentWhat I think is interesting about this song is really more of the story in the liner notes (printed above the lrics here). It's the line "Rael sees a quiet corner and rushes to it." Now that's a very simple line that could be overlooked, but not for me. If I think about the first song and the line "The sawdust king spits out his scorn: Wonder women, you can draw your blinds! Don't look at me, I'm not your kind," I notice that there's a small pattern here- this character of Rael doesn't seem to like people staring at him, or noticing him at all. This contradicts lyrics from Back In NYC, where he seems to be bragging to people about how tough he is. I think that's just bravado, and the line in this story and the lyrics in the first song reinforce my opinion that Rael is actually an introvert.
    EnduringChillon July 03, 2012   Link

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