[[caption-width-right:302:And the laaaaaaaaaamb...\\
Lies dooooooown...\\

''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'' is the sixth studio album by Music/{{Genesis}}, released in 1974. It is their last album with founding member Music/PeterGabriel, who left to start his solo career shortly after the tour supporting this album.

The story follows a young half-Puerto Rican street kid from UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity named Rael as he embarks on a fantastical journey to find his brother John. [[MindScrew Or something like that]]. Seriously, there's [[https://www.routledge.com/Genesis-and-The-Lamb-Lies-Down-on-Broadway/Holm-Hudson/p/book/9780754661474 an entire book]] that contains various interpretations of the story.

!! Tracklist:


[[folder: Side One ]]

# "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (4:55)
# "Fly on a Windshield" (2:47)
# "Broadway Melody of 1974" (1:58)
# "Cuckoo Cocoon" (2:14)
# "In the Cage" (8:15)
# "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" (2:45)


[[folder: Side Two ]]

# "Back in N.Y.C." (5:49)
# "Hairless Heart" (2:25)
# "Counting Out Time" (3:45)
# "The Carpet Crawlers" (5:16)
# "The Chamber of 32 Doors" (5:40)


[[folder: Side Three ]]

# "Lilywhite Lilith" (2:40)
# "The Waiting Room" (5:28)
# "Anyway" (3:18)
# "Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist" (2:50)
# "The Lamia" (6:57)
# "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats" (3:06)


[[folder: Side Four ]]

# "The Colony of Slippermen" (8:14)
## a) "The Arrival"
## b) "A Visit to The Doktor"
## c) "Raven"
# "Ravine" (2:05)
# "The Light Dies Down on Broadway" (3:32)
# "Riding the Scree" (3:56)
# "In the Rapids" (2:24)
# "''it.''" (4:58)

!!Principal Members:

* Music/TonyBanks - keyboard, organ, piano, mellotron, synthesizer
* Music/PhilCollins - drums, percussion, vocals, vibraphone
* Music/PeterGabriel - lead vocals, flute, oboe, tambourine, sound effects
* Steve Hackett - guitar
* Mike Rutherford - bass, guitar, bass pedals

!! The Grand Parade of Lifeless Troping:

* AerithAndBob: Rael and his brother John.
* AllThereInTheManual: The story Gabriel wrote for the liner notes.
** Rael's "guide to erogenous zones" in ''Counting Out Time'', InUniverse.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Rael had previously been incarcerated at "Twenty-Second Street". There is no mental hospital at that location, nor was there ever one there.
* BeneathTheEarth: A large part of the plot takes place here.
* BitterAlmonds: From "Broadway Melody of 1974":
--> ''The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand\\
There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond''
* BodyHorror: The Slippermen.
* BoleroEffect: "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging" makes use of this.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In the synopsis of the album included in the liner notes, Rael tells readers to "Keep your fingers out of my eye."
* [[BreatherEpisode Breather Song]]: "Hairless Heart", "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats"
* {{Brownface}}: On stage, Gabriel was heavily made up to perform Rael.
* ButIReadABookAboutIt: In "Counting Out Time", Rael thinks he's really good at sex just because he read a book about erogenous zones. [[SubvertedTrope Emphasis on "thinks".]]
* ConceptAlbum: See the description in the introduction to this article.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The musical, lyrical and conceptual tone of the work was deliberately meant to be this trope, as compared to the very pastoral, English, whimsical (if often very ironic) sounds and styles they were known for prior to the work. They always had dabbled in dark (or dark-humoured) themes and harder-rocking sounds, but ''The Lamb'' was a full change of pace from, say, "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)".
* DarkReprise: "The Light Dies Down on Broadway" is sort of a twisted reprise of the theme from the first song, mixed with part of The Lamia's melody.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The final line of "Counting Out Time":
--> ''Without you, mankind handkinds thru' the blues''.
* GainaxEnding: "it." doesn't seem to be about anything clearly related to the story, but the end of the story in the liner notes is pure crazy. [[spoiler: Rael saves his brother John's life only to discover that he and John are actually the same person, they have an out-of-both-bodies experience, they are "outlined in yellow," and ''they and the scenery melt into purple haze.'']] Figure ''that'' one out.
** One Website/YouTube comment remarks the ending is about "having to destroy yourself in order to find a new [self][[note]]hence the out-of-both-bodies experience[[/note]] and the joy that radiates afterward[[note]]hence the yellow outlining and the purple haze[[/note]]. Almost like the Phoenix rising out of ashes".
* GetOut: Punctuates the first verse of the TitleTrack:
-->''The Movie Palace is now undone,''
-->''The all-night watchmen have had their fun.''
-->''Sleeping cheaply on the midnight show,''
-->''It's the same old ending. Time to go.''
-->''Get out!''
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Hairless Heart", "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats", "Ravine". "Broadway Melody of 1974" isn't ''supposed'' to be, but thanks to an indexing error on most CD versions of the album, it often is. (It's ''intended'' to [[LyricalColdOpen start with the line]] "Echoes of the Broadway Everglades", which is indexed on most CD versions as part of "Fly on a Windshield").
* IntercourseWithYou: "Counting Out Time."
* UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan: According to the "Broadway Melody of 1974", they "serve hot soul food, and the band plays "[[Music/GlennMiller In the Mood]]".
* LyricalColdOpen: "Broadway Melody of 1974" is ''supposed'' to start with the line "Echoes of the Broadway Everglades", although thanks to an indexing error on most CD versions of the album, it often doesn't. It's debatable whether this is a straight example of this trope due to SiameseTwinSongs.
* MeaningfulEcho: Several musical cues reappear throughout the album. Most notably, the melody from the bridge of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is reused as the intro of "The Carpet Crawlers".
** There's also the beginning of "Back in NYC", which borrows from the beginning of "In The Cage", and the riff from "Broadway Melody of 1974" reappears without warning in "Lilywhite Lilith".
** Not to mention "The Light Dies Down on Broadway", which begins with motifs from "The Lamia" and turns into a full-blown DarkReprise of the title track.
* MindScrew: The main character's ''emasculation'' is a major plot point. Also, pretty much everything else.
* MindScrewdriver: the story that Gabriel wrote for the liner notes. It still doesn't explain everything, though. For that, [[http://www.bloovis.com/music/lamb.html this site]] might help...probably.
* NoEnding: See GainaxEnding above.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S-Strike]]: "Back in NYC".
--> ''You say I must be crazy, 'cause I don't care who I hit, who I hit\\
But I know it's me that's hitting out and I'm, I'm not full of shit''
* OneWordTitle: "Anyway", "Ravine", "''it.''".
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I'M RAAAAAEL!!!!"
* RearrangeTheSong: "The Carpet Crawlers" was rerecorded for ''Turn It On Again: The Hits'' as "The Carpet Crawlers 1999" in... well... 1999. Notable for being the last time to date all five members who worked on this album Gabriel, Hackett, Rutherford, Banks, and Collins have performed together. Due to Collins' retirement from music, it is likely to remain that way.
** "Fly on a Windshield"/"Broadway Melody of 1974" was performed as an instrumental piece in their 1976 tour, as well as the ''Genesis in Concert 1976'' concert film.
* RockOpera: One of the most famous.
* SexChangesEverything: [[BodyHorror The Slippermen]] are an extremely literal example of this trope.
* ShirtlessScene: Peter Gabriel during the ''The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'' tour.
* ShoutOut: Plenty of the songs' lyrics shout out or paraphrase popular standards or rock oldies of [[TheFifties the '50's]] and [[TheSixties '60's]] ("On Broadway", "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head", "Needles and Pins", etc.). The first line of "The Colony of Slippermen" is "[[Creator/RobertBurns I wandered lonely as a cloud]]".
** "''it.''" ends with the repeated line, "[[Music/TheRollingStones It's only knock and know-all, but I like it]]". The song also refers to [[Music/AreYouExperienced purple haze]].
* SiameseTwinSongs: Most of Side 1 (the songs that aren't examples of this generally use FadingIntoTheNextSong instead), the first three songs on Side 2, "Lilywhite Lilith" into "The Waiting Room", "Anyway" into "Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist", "The Light Dies Down on Broadway" into "Riding the Scree", and "In the Rapids" into "''it.''". (So, roughly half the album, then).
* SnakesAreSexy: The Lamia.
* SpookyPainting: The album cover shows a man who jumped out of his painting to look at the other paintings next to him.
* TakeThat: Apparently, on various legs of the tour, Peter Gabriel (jokingly) compared the Slippermen to either bassist Mike Rutherford or drummer Music/PhilCollins.
* TheEndingChangesEverything
* TheWalrusWasPaul: Gabriel's liner notes do little to clear the MindScrew.
* ThievingMagpie: A raven plays a pivotal role in the story when [[spoiler:it flies off with the yellow tube containing Rael's genitals]].
* TitleTrack: "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
* TomatoInTheMirror: We discover at the very end that [[spoiler: Rael and his brother John whom he's spent the entire album chasing]] are actually the same person.
--> ''Hang on, [[spoiler: John]]! We're out of this at last''
--> ''Something's changed, it's not your face''
--> It's mine! It's ''[[TomatoInTheMirror mine]]!''
** See also: TwistEnding and ItWasHisSled.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Or in this case, Rael and the three Lamia.
* UnreliableNarrator: Rael is practically made of this trope.
* WhamLine: "Something's changed, it's not your face! It's mine! It's ''mine''!"
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Lamb?]]: It's mentioned only once, and then...
** The Lamb [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory might be a metaphor for]] Rael, though...
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Rael is shown like this on the back cover.
* YouAreNumberSix: "Brother John is number nine", from "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging".