“The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” is the first song from Genesis’s 1974 album of the same name. The song was released as a single in the U.S.. Although it did not chart, it was frequently played on American FM radio stations.
Like other songs on the album, the music and lyrics in “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” are partially derived from 1960s soul songs. The end of the song features the words “They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. They say there’s always magic in the air” from The Drifters’ song “On Broadway”. The studio recording features a variation on the former lyric (“They say the lights are always bright on Broadway”), but subsequent live recordings feature the original.
The bass-playing on the song by Mike Rutherford has been described as having “connotations of aggressive energy” that fits in well with the concept album’s angry and defiant character Rael.
Peter Gabriel – lead vocals
Phil Collins – drums, bell-tree, glockenspiel, triangle, wind chimes, tambourine, timbales, backing vocals
Tony Banks – piano, RMI Electra Piano
Mike Rutherford – fuzz bass
Steve Hackett – electric guitars