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 - 3 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 3 of 4, compiling songs 12-17.
  • 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...
  • Side 3
  • 12. Lilywhite Lilith
  • Rael has almost lost hope of leaving the Chamber of 32 Doors, when he hears a voice asking for help. It's a blind woman known as Lilywhite Lilith, who offers to show Rael the way out if he leads her through the crowd of people. Rael takes a chance despite the protests of the others in the room, and Lilith leads him out through a door and deep into a new, round cave. She tells him not to be scared as she sits him on a jade throne, then leaves without another word through one of the many tunnels that extend from the cave. Rael grows terrified thinking of what awaits him when two glowing globes float down into the room and expel the darkness with a blaze of white, mysterious light...
  • 13. The Waiting Room
  • As his eyes adjust to the light, Rael finds himself in an empty room, waiting for whatever fate has in store for him. His patience runs thin as time seems to slow to a standstill, but the action he takes to escape the waiting room leads him into even greater danger...
  • 14. Anyway
  • Stuck between a rock and a hard place, literally, Rael thinks he has reached his end, and contemplates his all but assured death. But is this the end, or just another step on his journey deep into his own soul?
  • 15. The Supernatural Anaesthetist
  • Rael gets the chance of a lifetime to meet his hero, Death, who likes to meet new people and wears many costumes. They share a dance before Death disappears, leaving Rael in a long corridor filled with an alluring aroma...
  • 16. The Lamia
  • Rael follows the alluring scent through the hallway and into a large chamber that houses a long rose water pool. The walls are adorned with velvet and honeysuckle and there's a light fog in the air. But as he approaches the water he finds he is not alone, as the pool is inhabited by the Lamia, reptilian creatures with the diminutive head and breasts of a beautiful woman. His horror gives way to infatuation as their soft green eyes show their welcome, and soon he follows their siren song into the pool. They knead his flesh until his bones appear to melt, and at a point at which he feels he cannot go beyond, they nibble at his body. Taking in the first drops of his blood, their eyes blacken and their bodies are shaken. Distraught with helpless passion he watches as his lovers die. In a desperate attempt to bring what is left of them into his being, he takes and eats their bodies, and struggles to leave his lovers’ nest. Eventually he encounters a boat, which he pilots out of the chamber as it resets itself in preparation of the next lover to enter its doors.
  • 17. Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
  • Rael's odyssey leads him from the lair of the Lamia back to the mirror Manhattan that he seems doomed to die in.
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