Say it's alright Joe,
I need another drink
To blow on the glass so I know I'm alive
Play me a song Joe

To fill the hours till morning
Then never again will I bother you
Ooh, Build myself a tower
No way in no way out.

Then my friends can visit me
Once in a while.
Say it's alright Joe,
I need some reassurance

You never know what you might find in the night.
Ooh I'm just a busy bee, still alive in my hive,
I'm looking for some other world
To dream out my dreams.

There were Kings who were laughing in the rain
And they told me I'd come here to lead the parade
All the colours were changing, The sky was in ruins
The lights are all shining on me and on you

Oh, Shine on........
Say it's alright Joe
The night will soon be over
And nothing and no one will ever know.

Open my eyes Joe
I'd like to see the daylight
The clock on the wall says it's time to leave.
Never seen the same face twice

Never walked the same way
The little love that I have known
I keep to myself.
If there's a fire it's asleep in my bed

I must leave it to burn till it burns itself out
Catch as you can I'm not staying here long
I'll be coming back early or never at all
Shine on...


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Say It's Alright Joe Lyrics as written by Mike Rutherford (gb)

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    My InterpretationI have to first say that I always forgot how incredible this song is...I think this really is the most underrated song on one of their most underrated albums. Still, there are a couple sections of this song that have interested me since I listened to this the first time. The two parts where the pace picks up and the music becomes brash and pompous...

    "There were Kings who were laughing in the rain
    And they told me I'd come here to lead the parade
    All the colours were changing, The sky was in ruins
    The lights are all shining on me and on you
    Oh, Shine on........"

    I'd always thought this section, the first introduction of the part in the song, was almost psychedelic in its imagery and the juxtaposition of tone. The slower parts of the song are obvious intimate moments of vulnerability–a troubled man alone in a bar well after everyone else is gone, confiding in the piano player. But this "kings" section is like a hallucination–perhaps it's a brief flash of hope for him, his mind and dreams getting away from him. But to me it really sounds as if it's a reference to drug abuse to get away from problems–preceded by the lines "I'm looking for some other world / to dream out my dreams," and then by imagery like swirling color and "the sky was in ruins."

    The next part like this...

    "If there's a fire it's asleep in my bed
    I must leave it to burn till it burns itself out
    Catch as you can I'm not staying here long
    I'll be coming back early or never at all
    Shine on........"

    I think the "fire" that's "asleep in [his] bed" is indicative the troubles he has at home. The next line communicates his understanding that he has to let things even out on their own, so, as he then says, he's not staying long–he's leaving his troubles behind. "I'll be coming back early or never at all"–he's either got to go face his troubles right now, or just leave them forever and start again.

    The first time I listened to this I had no idea it was such a deep and complex song, but now it always sends shivers through me. It's become one of my favorite Genesis songs.
    AdamantVisionon March 24, 2009   Link

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