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''The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'' is a ConceptAlbum released by Music/{{Genesis}} in 1974. It is their last album with Music/PeterGabriel.

The story follows a young half-Puerto Rican street kid from New York City named Rael as he embarks on a fantastical journey to find his brother John. [[MindScrew Or something like that...]]. Seriously, there's [[http://ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&isbn=9780754661474&lang=cy-GB an entire book]] that contains various interpretations of the story.

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!!Tropes:

* ADateWithRosiePalms: The final line of "Counting Out Time":
-->Without you, mankind handkinds thru' the blues.
* 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'', in-universe.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Rael comes "out of the subway" at Broadway which is evidently "just like Twenty-Second Street". The New York subway system does not work that way. Averted when performed live, as Music/PhilCollins sometimes sings "just like Forty-Second Street" instead.
* BeneathTheEarth
* BigApplesauce
* BitterAlmonds: From "Broadway Melody of 1974":
-->The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand\\
There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond
* 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"
* BodyHorror: The Slippermen.
* ConceptAlbum
* 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-humored) 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.
** At least he got trucks and gas stations right. Any reference to "lorries" or "filling stations" would have raised a red flag.
* 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.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Counting Out Time."
* 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".
** 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.
* 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.
* 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 Colony Of Slippermen" 's first line is also, "[[RobertBurns I wandered lonely as a cloud]]".
** "''it.''" ends with the repeated line, "[[TheRollingStones It's only knock and know-all, but I like it]]".
* SnakesAreSexy: The Lamia
* TakeThat: Apparently, on various legs of the tour, Peter Gabriel (jokingly) compared the Slippermen to either guitarist 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]].
* 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...
* WipeThatSmileOffYourFace: Rael is shown like this on the back cover.
* "YouAreNumberSix": "Brother John is number nine", from "The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging".
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