Was it summer when the river ran dry,
Or was it just another dam.
When the evil of a snowflake in June
Could still be a source of relief.
O how I love you, I once cried long ago,
But I was the one who decided to go.
To search beyond the final crest,
Though I'd heard it said just birds could dwell so high.

So I pretended to have wings for my arms
And took off in the air.
I flew to places which the clouds never see,
Too close to the deserts of sand,
Where a thousand mirages, the shepherds of lies
Forced me to land and take a disguise.
I would welcome a horse's kick to send me back
If I could find a horse not made of sand.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.

Hey man,
I'm the sand man.
And boy have I news for you;
They're gonna throw you in gaol
And you know they can't fail
''cause sand is thicker than blood.
But a prison in sand
Is a haven in hell,
For a gaol can give you a goal
[and a] goal can find you a role
On a muddy pitch in Newcastle,
Where it rains so much
You can't wait for a touch
Of sun and sand, sun and sand...

Within the valley of shadowless death
They pray for thunderclouds and rain,
But to the multitude who stand in the rain
Heaven is where the sun shines.
The grass will be greener till the stems turn to brown
And thoughts will fly higher till the earth brings them down.
Forever caught in desert lands one has to learn
To disbelieve the sea.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.


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Mad Man Moon Lyrics as written by Tony Banks

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    Song MeaningPeter Gabriel had just left Genesis, and the bands small roll of the talented Phil Collins took the reigns. He was a powerfully strength to lead the band into its future, although pop power. At the time Gabriel was Genesis future though no one knew where that would be leading a group of exceptional talent; maybe rocks best! But they were just followers of Gabriel. Collins did a noble gesture before leading the band. He rawly honored his mentor. Gabriel was a heroin addict and the sand metaphor was omnipresent in Mad Man Moon. The horse that kicks him back, the snowflake in June, the grass is greener as every drug addict the next high would bring. Gabriel was going to let his next fix fly above the clouds, but had no plans for when they let him down. Oh how I loved you but the love was going to crash. So, in this beautiful song he let him go and Genesis survived on candy rock while the lamb lied down on Broadway!
    doc1156734on April 08, 2021   Link

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