Genesis - Fly on a Windshield / Broadway Melody of 1974

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Fly on a Windshield / Broadway Melody of 1974

FLY ON A WINDSHIELD
 
There's something solid forming in the air
And the wall of death is lowered in Times Square
No one seems to care
They carry on as if nothing was there
The wind is blowing harder now
Blowing dust into my eyes
The dust settles on my skin
Making a crust I cannot move in
And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway
 
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1974
 
Echoes of The Broadway Everglades
With their mythical madonnas still walking in their shades:
Lenny Bruce declares a truce and plays his other hand
Marshall McLuhan, casual viewing, head buried in the sand
Sirens on the rooftops wailing, but there's no ships sailing
Groucho, with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing
 
Ku Klux Klan serve hot soul food and the band plays ‘In the Mood’
The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand
There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond
Caryl Chessman sniffs the air, and leads the parade
He knows, in a scent, you can bottle what you made
 
There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes
Smiling at the Majorette, smoking Winston cigarettes
And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
With needles
Needles and pins
 
Submitted by TessarTessar on Tue, 12/02/2019 - 22:20
Last edited by TessarTessar on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 01:16
Submitter's comments:

FLY ON A WINDSHIELD

The sky is overcast and as Rael looks back a dark cloud is descending like a balloon into Times Square. It rests on the ground and shapes itself into a hard edged flat surface, which solidifies and extends itself all the way East and West along 47th Street and reaching up to the dark sky. As the wall takes up its tension it becomes a screen showing what had existed in three dimensions, on the other side just a moment before. The image flickers and then cracks like painted clay and the wall silently moves forward, absorbing everything in its path. The unsuspecting New Yorkers are apparently blind to what is going on.

Rael starts to run away towards Columbus Circle. Each time he dares to take a look, the wall has moved another block. At the moment when he thinks he's maintaining his distance from the wall, the wind blows hard and cold slowing down his speed. The wind increases, dries the wet street and picks up the dust off the surface, throwing it into Rael's face. More and more dirt is blown up and it begins to settle on Rael's skin and clothes, making a solid layered coat that brings him gradually to a terrified stillness. A sitting duck.

BROADWAY MELODY OF 1974

The moment of impact bursts through the silence and in a roar of sound, the final second is prolonged in a world of echoes as if the concrete and clay of Broadway itself was reliving its memories. The last great march past. Newsman stands limp as a whimper as audience and event are locked as one. Bing Crosby coos “You don’t have to feel pain to sing the blues, you don’t have to holla – you don’t feel a thing in your dollar collar.” Martin Luther King cries “Everybody Sing!” and rings the grand old liberty bell. Leary, weary of his prison cell, walks on heaven, talks on hell. J.F.K. gives the O.K. to shoot us, sipping Orange Julius and Lemon Brutus. Bare breasted cowboy double decks the triple champion. Who needs Medicare and the 35c flat rate fare, when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing through the air? From Broadway Melody stereotypes the band returns to ‘Stars and Stripes’ bringing a tear to the moonshiner, who’s been pouring out his spirit from the illegal still. The pawn broker clears the noisy till and clutches his lucky dollar bill.
Then the blackout

Thanks!

 

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Comments
solosolo    Mon, 18/02/2019 - 07:20

Hello! Many thanks for publishing the lyrics but these are two different parts, "Fly on a Windshield" and "Broadway Melody of 1974", the second starts with "Echoes of the Broadway Everglades". Please, separate them and leave the comment from the liner notes as concerning only "Fly on a Windshield". However, I'll be very grateful if you put as a comment an excerpt from the liner notes also in the "Broadway Melody". The thing is, I want to translate it.

Liner notes:

"The moment of impact bursts through the silence and in a roar of sound, the final second is prolonged in a world of echoes as if the concrete and clay of Broadway itself was reliving its memories. The last great march past. Newsman stands limp as a whimper as audience and event are locked as one. Bing Crosby coos “You don’t have to feel pain to sing the blues, you don’t have to holla – you don’t feel a thing in your dollar collar.” Martin Luther King cries “Everybody Sing!” and rings the grand old liberty bell. Leary, weary of his prison cell, walks on heaven, talks on hell. J.F.K. gives the O.K. to shoot us, sipping Orange Julius and Lemon Brutus. Bare breasted cowboy double decks the triple champion. Who needs Medicare and the 35c flat rate fare, when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are dancing through the air? From Broadway Melody stereotypes the band returns to ‘Stars and Stripes’ bringing a tear to the moonshiner, who’s been pouring out his spirit from the illegal still. The pawn broker clears the noisy till and clutches his lucky dollar bill.
Then the blackout".