"Land of Confusion" as written by and Michael/collins Rutherford....
I must have dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street

Now, did you read the news today?
They say the danger has gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
They're burning into the night

There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And there's not much love to go around
Can't you see this is the land of confusion?

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in

Oh, Superman, where are you now?
When every thing's gone wrong somehow?
Men of steel, these men of power
I'm losing control by the hour

This is the time, this is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go around
Tell me why this is the land of confusion

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in

I remember long ago
When the sun was shining
And all the stars were bright all through the night
In the wake up this madness, as I held you tight
So long ago

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know we'll never keep

There's too many men, too many people
Making too many problems
And there's not much love to go around
Can't you see this is the land of confusion?

Now, this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we're given
Stand up and let's start showing
Just where our lives are going to


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"Land of Confusion" as written by Michael Rutherford Anthony Banks

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is a cover of Genesis' "Land Of Confusion" from the CD "Invisible Touch".
    ab0veon August 02, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis was originally a song by Genesis, lyrics by Mike Rutherford. The song is a message against apathy. During the cold war, there were very high tensions running through all political spectrums. It wasn't just America vs. Russia, it was about the disarmament of all nations and the defiance of many countries like America and Russia. This lead to many civil wars like the Greek Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War and the Soviet-Afghan War. These wars had super power support on different sides.

    What Genesis meant by this song is that people should look more closely at what is going on, and speak out against government injustices.

    Disturbed's rendition echoes Genesis' original intent, they just updated the musical stylings for a new generation. I believe that Disturbed is simply renewing the message, and not creating there own interpretation.

    The videos do have different focuses though, Genesis focuses on the governments unwillingness to compromise and the peoples unwavering trust in it's government. Disturbed focuses on the corruption of government in a capitalist society.

    Both videos, however are saying that it is the people, that are ultimately responsible for the actions and accountability of their government.
    FloridaGuyon October 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy question is, why is only that one line changed in the cover?

    'and the sound of your laughter' has become 'and wake up this madness.'

    Very distinct difference there.

    On the other hand, this is a perfect cover. Truly Disturbed's style and energy, but you can still feel everything Phil Collins and his college cronies put into the original.
    traviswrdunbaron September 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with everything that everyone has stated so far. Also, I feel that this song is one of the most powerful political commentary songs that i've ver heard, mostly because of david's excellent vocals. you can feel his sense of anger/frustration and you can definately tell that he wants to do something about the current state of the world. Over all, this is also one of the best covers ever. It stays true to the original yet surpasses it in so many ways.
    swanky-frankon September 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's about how our world is messed up (land of confusion) and we need to make it a better place-"to make this a place worth living in/fighting for"

    also could be talking about there being "to many problems" in the world and not enough compassion- "not much love to around." which would lead to saying that we eed to make our world better.

    anyway, love this song, very addiciting.
    musicismyboyfriend33on January 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a GREAT remake of Genesis' "Land Of Confusion".
    dmbfan1on September 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe_white_stripe:

    The black faced man is named "The guy." He first made his debut on Disturbed's Ten Thousand Fists album. Todd McFarlane drew that cover art, and created the video for this song.

    Todd McFarlane, of course, is known for his Spawn character, who, like The Guy, also straddles the line between good and evil in a similar fashion.
    Jack21221on August 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy does the word "Duh" come to mind? :P
    Velthazaron September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBlasphemous little cur. Just kidding. I agree, this version does feel so much more powerful than the Genesis original.
    traviswrdunbaron October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song...(and rendition)
    BlinkMM182on November 08, 2005   Link

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