Times were good,
She never thought about the future, she just did what she would
Oh but she really cared
About her music, it all seemed so important then,

And she dreamed that every time that she performed
Everyone would cry for more,
That all she had to do was step into the light,
And everyone would start to roar.

And on the road,
Where all but a few fall by the wayside on the grassier verge,
She battled through
Against the others in her world, and the sleep, and the odds.

But now everytime that she performed
Oh everybody cried for more,
Soon all she had to do was step into the light,
For everyone to start to roar.
And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.

Oh but time went by
It wasn't so easy now, all uphill, and not feeling so strong.
Yes times were hard,
Too much thinking 'bout the future and what people might want.

An then there was the time that she performed
When nobody called for more
And soon everytime she stepped into the light,
They really let her know the score.
But she dreamed of the times when she sang all her songs
And everybody cried for more,
When all she had to do was step into the light
For everyone to start to roar.
And all the people cried, you're the one we've waited for.

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

Duchess Lyrics as written by Mike Rutherford Anthony George Banks


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  • +3
    General Comment

    This a great song to describe the rise and fall of artists, whether they be singers or actors (and in this case, it's a singer), when they allow fame to take over and they lose sight of what was really important from the begining.

    squonkon January 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Best. Intro. Ever.

    Maybe :)

    geoffos42on April 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I recently bought a used copy of the "Duke" album. It seems to me that the whole album follows a theme and is a rock opera (I.e. What used to be called a concept album).

    Am I correct in perceiving this?

    SusanBassPlayeron September 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    i agree with qeoffos42, i love this intro... and scratch what i said on my post on los endos, this is my fav genesis song and los endos is my second favorite... awesome song

    musiclvr36on June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning

    When you aspire to be great (a dog after a bone), then you are great (head in ass), when you were great (you're over the hill and now there is nothing).

    preludefanon May 22, 2019   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is indelibly linked to "Behind the Lines," which sets the table of "Duke" as potentially a concept album. It's gorgeous melodically. If you're not moved by the transition from verse to chorus, then have your heart checked.

    IDanielsenon October 01, 2019   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    Funny considering that they as a band completely sold out. Good song though. The only fault I have with it is that the end chorus thingermajig didn't have as much as an impact as I would have liked. It's certainly good, though.

    AnonymousJacksonon December 24, 2009   Link

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