"Many Too Many" as written by and Tony Banks....
Many too many have stood where I stand
Many more will stand here too,
I think what I find strange is the way you built me up
Then knocked me down again.

The part was fun but now it's over,
Why can't I just leave the stage?
Maybe that's because you securely locked me up
Then threw away the key.

Oh mama,
Please would you find the key.
Oh pretty mama,
Please won't you let me go free.
I thought I was lucky
I thought that I'd got it made.
How could I be so blind?

You said good-bye on a corner
That I thought led to the straight.
You set me on a firmly laid and simple course
Then removed the road.

Oh mama,
Please help me find my way.
Oh pretty mama,
Please lead me through the next day.
I thought I was lucky
Oh I thought that I'd got it made.
How could I be so blind? Oh no


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"Many Too Many" as written by Anthony George Banks

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  • +1
    General Commentto me this about the confusion felt by one sad lost brokenhearted man.
    talking of his need to carry on, finding a way out from the life he had, to the woman that abandonned him... and not to Anthony phillips
    lol
    because i have to say the 'mama' reference here ..well it might confirm that it ain't about Hackett's frustration felt among the band..and simply exclude that this is the (predictable) one subject of the song right ? :)
    ahh fans and their band's mythology.....
    ;)
    naivadaon September 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot what I thought, but it's probably close to the truth.
    Typhoon TAon August 23, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionBeautiful. The way the music seems to tumble down following the words "the way you built me up, Then knocked me down again" is just one of several master-strokes !
    IntenseMeon November 16, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is steve hacketts leaving present. the many too many refernce perhaps referin to other guitarists who had been in his position and left previously like anthony phillips. the part about bein locked up i guess is about his frustration at bein left out of the musical process more and more as time passed. he ended up with less imput in the group bein left with short solo's towards the end of his run. -not sure about the use of mama in this song. the jist remains that he was unhappy bein in the band. i read somewhere that hackett actually did say goodbye on a corner to phil shortly before bein due to play... sad really, i liked hacketts parts. good solo run after tho'! he's always re-using genesis stuff like blood on the rooftops and los endos.
    parberooon April 15, 2005   Link

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