"Your Own Special Way" as written by and Michael Rutherford....
Go far enough and you will reach,
A place where the sea runs underneath.
And we'll see our shadow, high in the sky,
Drying away in the night.

I've sailed the world for seven years,
And left all I love behind in tears.
Won't you come here, wherever you are,
I've been alone long enough.

You, you have your own special way,
Of holding my hand keep it way 'bove the water,
Don't ever let go
Oh no, no, no.

You, you have your own special way,
Of turning the world so it's facing
The way, that I'm going, don't ever
Don't ever stop.

Whose seen the wind not you or I,
But when the ship moves she's passing by.
Between you and me I really don't think,
She knows where she's going at all.

You, you have your own special way,
Of carrying me twice round the world
Never closer to home than the day,
The day I started.

You, you have your own special way,
Hold onto my hand keep it way 'bove the water,
Don't ever let go
No, no, no.

What mean the dreams night after night.
The man in the moons' a blinding light.
Won't you come out whoever you are,
You've followed me quiet long enough.

You, you have your own special way,
Of holding my hand, don't ever let go.
You, you have your own special way,
Of turning the world so it's facing
The way that I'm going, don't ever,
Don't ever leave me.


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"Your Own Special Way" as written by Mike Rutherford (gb)

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    General CommentSupposedly it's about Myrtle the Mermaid - Mike's introduction in Chicago on the Wind and Wuthuring Tour. But it is still a rather sweet love song and maybe too a children's song. On the album Eleventh Earl of Mar is a story being read to a child , and this more so seems like a tale for children and probably at this time in life the band mambers had small children in their families. I used it to edit a video of my daughter to and it just went so well "your own special way of holding my hand....", it just seems not about adult relationships at all. It's also the start of the more personal writing in Genesis as they move out of the Prog era towards the pop years.
    loveandlaughteron August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou knew how to keep me floating, you did not know where you wanted your life to go - hey ho - it did not work between us, but you still have your special way
    nagromnaion January 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful.
    My favourite off the album. I think it is very emotional and something very rare and delicate in Genesis's catalouge. I think nagromai has it right. We didn't work out, but you're still a great person nonetheless.
    Arialon March 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a sailor's relationship, maybe even love affair, with the wind, but is equally applicable to the protagonist's relationship with their partner.
    MagicalTrevor70on May 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat, beautiful song... love steve hackett's guitar in this one... one of my favorites.
    musiclvr36on June 01, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI think the songs reflects how special each one of us is. When you love somebody, they are a unique individual that can do certain things only they can do.

    "You, you have your own special way, Of turning the world so it's facing The way, that I'm going"

    It's analogist to the wind and a sail ship...they need each other in a special way.
    qopelon April 01, 2015   Link
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    General CommentWind and wuthering was one of the first albums that I listen to by Genesis back in the seventies. Your own special way always had a special place in my mind in my heart I remember buying the cassette tape. Do yourself a favor and watch Genesis do it live on the Mike Douglas show on YouTube favor and watch genesis live on the Mike Douglas show a very young Phil Collins with a beard
    Kenth777on April 14, 2016   Link

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