The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

  • The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Illustrated
  • This is an ongoing project to illustrate the entirety of Genesis' 1974 double album, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. So far Sides 1 & 2 of 4 are complete, as can be viewed below. 
  • Compiled Videos
  • Side 1 of 4, compiling songs 1-6.
  • Side 2 of 4, compiling songs 7-11.
  • Side 1
  • 1. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  • We open on Manhattan in 1974, groggily awaking from its turbulent night. Rael, our reluctant protagonist, emerges from a subway into the light to see a lamb, of all things, lying down in the middle of Broadway. Unbeknownst to him, this creature signals the start of an epic journey, deep into the well of the past and through the looking glass of his own soul.
  • 2. Fly on a Windshield / 3. Broadway Melody of 1974
  • Rael gazes up into the sky to see a mysterious dark wall form above Times Square. It soon descends to the ground and then begins to move north, submerging everything in its path into the unknown. Rael runs for his life, but dust begins sticking to him until he's unable to move; a sitting duck. The wall overtakes him, and Rael is thrown into another world.

    Rael plunges through the wall into a mirror world, and in a swirl of activity celebrities and figures from his childhood appear in strange, unintelligible juxtapositions. It's so intense that Rael is left exhausted by the end, floating deeper into the unknown.
  • 4. Cuckoo Cocoon
  • After the shock of entering the mirror world, Rael falls asleep while wool wraps around him, forming a cocoon. He awakes prematurely in a daze to find himself alone in a cave, and contemplates his fate before falling back to sleep.
  • 5. In the Cage
  • Rael wakes up in a sweat as he finds his cocoon gone and himself surrounded by rapidly shifting stalactites and stalagmites. This cave soon morphs into a cage, trapping Rael in an unrelenting parade of nightmares he struggles to break free from. In the midst of this, he sees his brother John outside the cage, who ignores Rael's cries for help before disappearing as mysteriously as he appeared. With John's disappearance, the cage finally dissolves, leaving Rael spinning like a top until he finds himself in a new environment; a hallway that leads further into his mirror world.
  • 6. The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging
  • After the nightmarish cage left Rael shaken (and shirtless), he finds himself in a modern hallway. This space leads Rael to the Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging, where he bears witness to the profit-driven inner workings of "The System." In the factory, Rael encounters some familiar faces from his old gang, as well as his brother John, all while looking for a way out of this mirror world and back to his old life in NYC.
  • Side 2
  • 7. Back in N.Y.C.
  • With familiar faces from The Grand Parade fresh in his mind, Rael's mirror world morphs into a reconstruction of his old life in NYC some years before, when his gang was tough, his hair was short, and his chest was heartless. But while the days are spent wreaking glorious havoc on the city, at night Rael nurses the heartbreak that set him on this destructive path...
  • 8. Hairless Heart / 9. Counting Out Time
  • Rael tumbles further into his memories, to the moment when he cast off his old life for a new, heartless one. As he cuts his hair, he envisions his fluffy heart being shaved smooth by an anonymous steel razor, set to romantic music. 

    Delving even deeper, he relives the event that sent him down this dark path: the disastrous loss of his virginity, due in part to the poor advice of a seemingly reputable book. All these memories come crashing down, and Rael finds himself back in the present void, the mirror nightmare world, he is stuck in.
  • 10. The Carpet Crawlers
  • As his old memories die off, Rael finds himself in a long carpeted corridor. The scene comes into focus and Rael notices he is not alone, for on the ground are dozens of people crawling in search of some answer. They all seem enamored with a door at the end of the hall, behind which Rael finds even more crawlers, as well as a winding staircase. He takes the stairs upwards to an uncertain fate...
  • 11. The Chamber of 32 Doors
  • At the top of the stairs Rael find a chamber. It is almost a hemisphere with a great many doors all the way around its circumference. There is a large crowd, huddled in various groups, and from their shouting Rael learns that there are 32 doors, but only one that leads out. He searches for an answer and an exit, but with each attempt he loses a bit of hope. If he's to make his way out, he needs to find someone he can trust first...
  • Stay tuned for more!