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Genesis - That's me

Identifier

012038

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

This has been put on the site at the suggestion of Peter Byker, largely because the lyrics are extraordinarily symbolic.

From Genesis to Revelation is the first studio album by the British pop band Genesis, released in March 1969 on Decca Records in England (London Records in North America). It was produced by Jonathan King, who discovered them in 1967 while the members of Genesis were pupils at Charterhouse School, King's alma mater.

Genesis originally consisted of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, and Anthony Phillips, without a drummer. Once one of their demo tapes caught the attention of Jonathan King, he took them under his wing and, with the addition of schoolmate Chris Stewart on drums, recorded "The Silent Sun" as their first single. It was later described by the band as a "Bee Gees pastiche" written specifically to win King's approval. Its February 1968 release on Decca Records was not a commercial success. Neither was the follow-up "A Winter's Tale" three months later.

After replacing Chris Stewart with John Silver, King had them compose an album of songs loosely based on the Bible. The album was recorded in August 1968 during school holidays.

A description of the experience

Classic Genesis. 'That's Me' comes from their Debut 'From Genesis To Revelation'.
 

Every morning when the people are out
And I'm free to move around on my own
I look into the sun and I see a reflection
Of a sad and lonely, shrivelled man

That's me, that's me
And I know it's how I'm always going to be
Nothing to do, nothing to say, nothing to hope and nothing to pray

I can't see, I can't feel, I've forgotten what I'm meant to be
Won't come back, not if I try
They told me things about me that I didn't know
But I could tell they told me lies and it really goes to show
That everyone was wrong and they don't understand my ways
But it's not me who's going wrong it's them

I can't see, I can't feel, I've forgotten what I'm meant to be
Won't come back, not if I try
They told me things about me that I didn't know
But I could tell they told me lies and it really goes to show
That everyone was wrong and they don't understand my ways
But it's not me who's going wrong it's them

Every morning when the people are out
And I'm free to move around on my own
I look into the sun and I see a reflection
Of a sad and lonely, shrivelled man

That's me, that's me
And I know it's how I'm always going to be
That's me, that's me
And I know it's how I'm always going to be

Shrivelled old man who hides from the world
He's never seen the light that can set him free
He sleeps at night, in such a pain
I want to find out who's to blame
That's me, that's me
Oh, set me free

The source of the experience

Genesis

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