"Duke's Travels" as written by and Michael/collins Rutherford....
I am the one who guided you this far
All you know and all you feel
Nobody must know my name
For nobody would understand
And you kill what you fear
And you fear what you don't understand

I call you for I must leave
You're on your own until the end
There was a choice but now it's gone
I said, "You wouldn't understand
Take what's yours and be damned"


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"Duke's Travels" as written by Anthony Banks Phil Collins

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    General CommentSome of the most powerful lyrics in music! Think about it:

    "I am the one who guided you this far,
    All you know and all you feel.
    Nobody must know my name
    For nobody would understand,
    And you kill what you fear,
    And you fear what you don't understand."

    Spiritual guidance for for the first two lines ... GOD,Allah, Buddha etc.
    figure it out by now ... who is it? We cannot comprehend. The powerful part is in the last two lines of this stanzas ... the most powerful lyrics in music to me. Not necessarily a break up, but EVERYTHING!

    Kill = Hate

    Hate for a country
    Hate for another culture
    Hate for another person
    Hate for a subject in school
    Hate to an ex
    Etc. etc.

    I believe it is about ignorance and misunderstanding (coincidence song title on Duke)
    We all say we hate things, but what I believe is that we don't necessarily hate those things, but we don't understand them ... therefore we "kill" them with words, actions, writing, whatever.

    It then comes back in full circle ...

    "I call you for I must leave,
    You're on your own until the end.
    There was a choice but now it's gone,
    I said you wouldn't understand,
    Take what's yours and be damned."

    Your beliefs call you back from all this hatred, or you are so far gone that you can't. YOU MUST ANSWER FOR THEM! YOU MADE YOUR CHOICE! Sometimes we couldn't understand what our true meaning is/was, but we still have to answer for them ... take your hatred ... and you WILL be damned.

    Tiny loop compared to "One for the Vine", but a loop without a doubt.

    Paraphrasing Genesis, they did not want the Duke Suite to be another "Supper's Ready". They split it up. Take your IPOD and make a playlist with:

    Behind the Lines
    Duchess
    guide Vocals
    Turn It On Again
    Duke's Travels
    Duke's End

    It makes more sense that way: Good vs. Evil
    dacubsson June 03, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFrom the album "Duke". It's about a break-up. "Take what's yours and be damned."
    jedidivemasteron March 07, 2009   Link

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