Genesis - Fly On A Windshield Lyrics




There's something solid forming in the air,
The wall of death is lowered in Times Square.
No-one seems to care,
They carry on as if nothing was there.
The wind is blowing harder now,
Blowing dust into my eyes.
The dust settles on my skin,
Making a crust I cannot move in
And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway.





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  1. Sabrina Antonelli

    BELLAAAAA!

  2. Herbert Jansen

    ... NOoneSEEMSTOCAREtheyCARRYONASIFNOTHINGWASTHERE ...

  3. Al Mojica,Jr.

    Peter Gabriel (Genesis) at his/their finest. AMJ

  4. foobarquux

    Lyrics for fly on a windshield eerily align with 9/11. Unintentional...obviously

  5. pete jones

    Superb genesis at their very best. ..ah I miss the Peter Gabriel days

  6. Donald Tramp

    [Verse 1]
    There's something solid forming in the air
    And the wall of death is lowered in Times Square
    No one seems to care
    They carry on as if nothing was there
    The wind is blowing harder now
    Blowing dust into my eyes
    The dust settles on my skin
    Making a crust I cannot move in
    And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway

    Echoes of The Broadway Everglades
    With their mythical madonnas still walking in their shades:
    Lenny Bruce declares a truce and plays his other hand
    Marshall McLuhan, casual viewing, head buried in the sand
    Sirens on the rooftops wailing, but there's no ships sailing
    Groucho, with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing

    Ku Klux Klan serve hot soul food and the band plays In the Mood
    The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand
    There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond
    Caryl Chessman sniffs the air, and leads the parade
    He knows, in a scent, you can bottle what you made

    There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes
    Smiling at the Majorette, smoking Winston cigarettes
    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
    With needles
    Needles and pins


    [Instrumental]

    Echoes of the Broadway Everglades
    With our mythical Madonnas still walking in their shades
    Lenny Bruce declares a truce, and plays his other hand
    Marshall McLuhan casual viewing, head buried in the sand
    Sirens on the rooftops wailing, but there's no ship sailing
    Groucho with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing

    Ku Klux Klan serving hot soul food, and the band plays "In the Mood"
    A cheerleader waves a cyanide wand, there's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond
    Caryl Chessman sniffs the air and leads the parade
    He knows, in a scent, you can bottle all you made

    There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes
    Smiling at the majorettes and smoking Winston cigarettes
    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
    With needles, needles and pins

  7. fumanchu

    "Waiting for the windshield on a freeway" .... Chills when you know what's coming!

  8. WW2Guy78

    "Karl chessman sniffs the air" such a British sounding name.

  9. Peter Kroll

    The drums and bass sound restrained, the keyboards too loud.
    Get rid of the keyboards and replace them by real strings.

  10. CARLOS EDUARDO Paiva

    About a Broadway play ! It has all the smell and the lights of New York

  11. dougoz996

    Does anyone see the parallel of the lyrics and Nine Eleven?

  12. Philippe Delaplace

    terrible !

  13. Derek Beauchamp

    The music is fantastic, I’m glad I saw this concert live, all those years ago.

  14. TheRealNatNat aka Kyl Shinra

    maybe the best song of the album. Genius

  15. Albert Mojica,Jr.

    Bizarre - Off The Wall - Genius. Imitated from Rush to Mastodon. AMJ

  16. Ben Santiago

    The slide guitar solo blasted super loud has got to be one of the baddest sounds I ever heard gives me the chills every time.When I had this on cassette in the 80's I thought he sang "macho Magoo and deja vu" instead of "Marshall McCluhan and casual viewing" lol

  17. Mark Hinnerichs

    Read all these comments and that should say enuff.my all time favorite band needs to do one last hoorah for those of us who werent a twinkle in our parents eyes yet.i wuz HOOKED from the very first notes of Peter's first solo record.here we are 40 yrs later and still loving it.still can sing along word. For word(excuse me Peter) a double dose of brilliance 5 amazing amigos. Thanx to Steve for keeping the flame burning.and the incredible The Musical Box for extending there love of this great band to all of us youngsters(54) lol

  18. Luka Meah

    Those eighth note triplet tom flams: a Phil Collins trademark. What other drummer did this in '74?
    Tony Williams?

  19. John Maylett

    Wow im 60 and still can not get enough of this album after 43 years

  20. Ben Spicer

    I'm 28 listening to this in 2019 for the 1000th time and it still gives me chills! Glad my dad introduced me to Genesis!

  21. W M

    One of the greatest songs from possibly the greatest rock album of all time. Only a privileged few can really dig it and this exclusivity makes it even more enjoyable.

  22. Nick Burns

    Painfully beautiful, like many of the tracks on this masterpiece of an album it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.Incredible.

  23. lady gray

    In assoluto il pezzo più importante dei Genesis 🐗

    Marco Agrippa

    INSOMMA....PROBABILMENTE NO...

  24. Maynard G. Krebs

    This work makes "Tommy" seem like a primary school work assignment.

  25. Russell Driver

    Memories of my dear departed friend Bri "Bram" Stoker, we shared a real love of this track. Rest easy mate....

  26. M. S.

    Collins at his imperious best. No one comes even close, maybe JHB.

    Sandeep Sreehari

    If you're reffering to John Bonham, then I'd say he comes close. Bonam was the best Hard Rock & Rock n Roll drummer. But Phil Collins has got to be the best prog drummer of all time !

  27. 420 Express

    great album
    please checkout Essential Classic Rock Vinyl
    and also many more videos
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  28. TheSamplet1

    Great lyrics interesting music for it’s era

  29. Marcus Antonius

    Dark, moody & so magnificent! A great offering off the very brilliant "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", folks!

  30. Age Groot

    For the lovers of progressive rock....a by many unknown instrumental masterpeace.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mHVMS3fec8&list=PLfiw6EhJCEtjU2sbW7tpOq5IgBcbGFA2-&index=4

  31. Marcus Antonius

    Wow! This always knocks me out every time. I never tire of listening to it! Just brilliant from Genesis, here! :o) :o)

  32. Guy Casas

    Un an plus tard sortait A trick of the tail .... L'album magique de Genesis ! Mon préféré . Entangled , Ripples , Mad Man Moon extraordinaire....

  33. Age Groot

    For me Fly on a Windshield/Broadway Melody of 1974 is one song,a superb song. 45 years later we can say "Nothing could be done better"

  34. ye n

    every ones a fluffy one

  35. SRSOS

    Long live Rael!

  36. Overtime Freak

    when you drive on a ferry in the middle of the night you go up on the deck and listen to the song with full volume

  37. Chicago Touch

    Rael was already in the hereafter at the beginning of the story.

    He transitions.through various realms while asking himself if he's alive or not.
    He still existed, so how could he have died? Around half the songs represent memories
    of being alive. The Lamia, to me, is his memory of being conceived and the moment of discovering his gender would be male.

    The final track is about ascension. Just prior to the spiritual awakening, he finally remembers how he died from drowning in the undertow from trying to ride the rapids and getting stuck underwater until drowning at which point he detaches from the identity of Rael and ascends to the higher awareness of unity with all that is.

    So the beginning of the story is not revealed until near the end of the story. Here's the really weird part:
    These guys were barely 24 when they made this masterpiece that has gradually become recognized as the apex of 20th century progresive music for humanoids across a variety planetary civilizations. They hit it way out of the park. Try to think of another album this strong since then. Or what album since then comes closest? I would have to say 'Music For 18 Musicians' from 1977. And PG Security from '82. Many would rank The Wall from '79 at this level. And many would also give the nod to Okay Computer by Radiohead or Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm by Joni.

    Greg Berry

    Not sure what year, but Marillion's Misplaced Childhood is quite epic in its own way.

  38. that's me

    Ahh, what a masterpiece! 💓

  39. xxzeon

    I remember when this was 1st released. I bought a copy the day it went on sale. This album has held up well over the years....never really going out of style. The "Lamb" was like no other. It didn't sound like anything other than itself. Genius!!!

  40. Scott Hanley

    Great piece of music. Thanks for sharing

  41. Pat HEH

    1:18 just never gets old. Goosebumps.

    Jazz Fusioner

    Truth...

  42. Deep Heat

    Could you imagine some dope going on *"X Factor" or "Britain's Got Nutcases"* and just suddenly pulling this out of their backside if it had never been recorded before!

  43. Deep Heat

    Gabriel almost goes into a proto Rap with this - "There's Howard Hughes in blue swede shoes...." *AMAZING!*

  44. John Erbrecht

    1:18 Greatest downbeat ever recorded?

    roger waters

    John Erbrecht Yes!

    Ze Rubenator

    One of the greatest moments in all of music.

  45. Joseph Dugan

    How prophetic the lyric saying "The Mythical Madonnas still walking in their shades"

    "Desperately Seeking Susan" was released in 1985

  46. Pedro Diniz de Sousa

    brilliant, just brilliant

  47. Brian Becker

    Almost an eerie premonition of 911

    SRSOS

    Mind yourself and don't step on the sheep.

  48. Brian Becker

    Explosive and emotional

  49. GAUTAM BANERJEE

    CLASSIC.

  50. Tattooedsailor

    Downright brilliant song writing! Way a head of its time.

  51. progtoeternity

    Silly question, is the fly on the inner or outer side of the car windshield ? If I judge by the music mood, he is experiencing the full wind blast.

    Nagaf Semaj

    The fly is outside, doing whatever flys do and suddenly ... a car windshield comes by and it's all over

    Deep Heat

    Is an expression of pending doom like "I'm standing like the suicidal guy waiting for the train on the rail tracks." I am English but it's not an expression we use in everyday speach.

    Deep Heat

    Gabriel almost goes into a proto Rap with this - "There's Howard Hughes in blue swede shoes...." *AMAZING!*

  52. Louis Harrmann

    Masterpiece ♥♥♥♥♥💯

  53. Bolt_Action

    2:25 + But love the entire song!

  54. Google Ruined Youtube

    Awesome song. Don't like Peter Gabriel's performance on it though. Cramming in a lot of syllables in the beginning, strained and out of tune later on...

  55. ExtremelyOCD

    Stumbled across an article about Caryl Chessman, thought, yep, I remember the reference.

    As I listen, I'm still blown away by this album. A total masterpiece, both musically and lyrically!!

    And yes, Steve Hackett is incredibly underrated, and unfamiliar to way too many people.

    Of course;
    The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand,
    The smell of peach blossom and bitter almond
    Caryl Chessman sniffs the air...

  56. Jhensy2012

    That last little lullaby bit of guitar and Mellotron starting at 4:24 is beautiful too. That theme appears a couple of times later, I can't remember where.

    Vasilii Chebyshev

    It's so psychedelic. Like you're being carried away to another universe. Fantastic.

  57. The Armchair Spaceman

    superb Audio!! best upload of _anything_ this month! almost as good as dropping one ;)
    thank You! :)
    there's just one flaw dude... you've published the wrong lyrics.'ve got two verses there which aren't in it.
    There's something solid forming in the air,
    And the wall of death is lowered in Times Square.
    No-one seems to care,
    They carry on as if nothing was there.
    ----
    The wind is blowing harder now,
    Blowing dust into my eyes.
    The dust settles on my skin,
    -----
    Making a crust I cannot move in
    And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway.

    Echoes of The Broadway Everglades
    With their mythical madonnas still walking in their shades:
    Lenny Bruce delcares a truce and plays his other hand
    Marshall McLuhan, casual viewin', head buried in the sand.
    Sirens on the rooftops wailing, but there's no ships sailing.
    Groucho, with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing.

    Ku Klux Klan serve hot soul food and the band plays "in The Mood"
    The cheerleader waves her cyanide wand,
    There's a smell of peach blossom and bitter almond.
    Caryl Chessman sniff the air, and leads the parade
    He knows, in a scent, you can bottle all you made!

    There's Howard Hughes in blue suede shoes
    Smiling at the Majorette, smoking Winston cigarettes
    And as the song and dance begins, the children play at home
    with needles...Needles and pins..

  58. cjheaford

    This entire brilliant song is a trip. Gabriel’s play on words rivals the most excellent poets ever. For example: Caryl Chessman leads the parade and he knows, in a scent....or is it INNOCENT? This is Peter’s play, for anyone alive during this time it was big news worldwide about Caryl Chessman. Was he guilty? Or was he innocent? But in-a scent, you can bottle all it’s made.

  59. Marco Lamalfa

    Magnifico. Every single fraction of this (no matter how little) is "magnifica".

  60. Squonk Harold

    Thumbs downing this deserves a slap!

    Jazz Fusioner

    @Squonk Harold or a light tap on the head with a sledgehammer....:)

  61. elbay2

    Eerie atmosphere, fantastic drumming, superb guitar work, and that droning keyboard part... wow!!

  62. DMR

    Que pasada!, no solo esto sino el disco completo.

  63. M. S.

    1:18 = The ultimate audio experience.

    Jazz Fusioner

    Truth....the absolute truth....

  64. Manuela Lamacchia

    England has produced by far the most talented musicians of the 70s, but Genesis is in a class of its own..The fusion of those guys' genius talents created the perfect storm...each song is a masterpiece. Fly on the Windshield, just under 5 min long, is simply hypnotic. My greatest regret is that i have never seem them live, and i never will..

    barb koester

    +Manuela Lamacchia I saw them in concert. I have seen a lot of concerts, and by far, Genesis was the best! So glad I got to see them. <3

    Jazz Fusioner

    @Manuela Lamacchia Lurve me some "Yes" too....

  65. Aiekair

    2018 busts a nut to this track still!!!

  66. Samuel Norman

    There are no words...........

    Jazz Fusioner

    Truth....

  67. John Nedward

    Masterpiece !!!!

  68. GAUTAM BANERJEE

    What a Song.

  69. Giovanni Vergone

    Fantastico brano

  70. Dg Sam

    My favorite guitar solo ever anywhere.

  71. George Toth

    I heard it for the first in live yesterday in Budapest by Steve Hackett. It still made me have goosebumps after 30 years and countless hearing.

  72. Myrrh Greenwich

    10 Years old by that time but the shipsailing still
    Counts; 20 i came in touch with people 10 years older, meeting Genesis also. ..16 years later i became a Son,.. playing needles and pins now grown forces obeying the field, trespassing the settled law.. no games by mum indeed, just reflecting some.

  73. Miguel Delgado

    I think Faith No More would do an amazing cover of this song. The rhythm and the use of the keyboards with the guitar always make me remember them

  74. bluestate69

    Graucho with his movies trailing, stands alone with his punchline failing. Broadway Melody is like rap. good rap.

  75. simon

    peter gabriel at the beginning of the top of his game that would last for may years....great great visionary composer/performer

  76. Antonio Melillo

    excellent

  77. HELLBOY

    0:17 that fucking sound....

  78. Nirav K Shah

    What a song! Wow. Just wow.

  79. Mister 47

    I first listened to this awesome album 44 years ago when i was 12 years old. I was heavily into bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin then so TBH Genesis didn't quite cut the mustard with me. But when my father borrowed this album from his friend i decided to have a listen and i was completely Blown away by every track. I have bought several other Genesis albums since then but nothing compares to the sheer Brilliancy of this awesome album.
    Even to this day 44 years on and many Heavy and Metal albums later, i can honestly say that this Album remains in my top 5 albums of all time. And that's a lot of albums.
    Thank you Genesis for making this Fantastic album and thank you MoonlitKnight009 for sharing this with us. :)

  80. John Bielecki

    The 70s really were the golden age of rock n' roll.

    planetterrible

    and 1974 was the peak.

  81. Steven Breach

    "and I,m hovering like a fly,waiting for the windshield on the freeway",,fucking great line

  82. Dirk Uphoff

    A masterpiece...

  83. The Review Channel

    when I die I want this to take me

  84. Maria White

    Fucking Epic, what were you expecting less than being blown away I found Peter Gaberial back in 1968.

  85. leerog1

    I was 5 years old when this first came out. Then in my teens when I was able to buy music I really got into this band, they were my first 'big' live gig in Wembley stadium1987. Listening to this today STILL gives me goosebumps. Doesn't that say it all....

  86. David G

    one of the best tunes

  87. luca passeroni

    STRATOSFERICA

  88. Age Groot

    Favorite track on the lamb,for me the two songs make 1 jewel,the way they merge,exiting.

  89. Kenneth Marshall

    What does he mean by the Marshall McLuhan line? Is he a fan or a skeptic?

  90. M. S.

    probably one of the finest pieces of music ever written.

  91. ale lep

    1:18 Literally everything explodes

  92. Mark DiManno

    LOVE THIS DANCE

  93. CoTeCiOtm

    First time I listened to this album, I put it louder at the beginning of this track and it caught me by surprise at 1:18, but it sounded phenomenal, so powerful!

  94. Jordan Brewster

    In a scent, Innocent. Lyrical genius

  95. Steve Nyland

    As morbid of a meditation on Death as one could ask for. My theory is that the story is Rael's near-death vision after having OD'd, and the Fly is the wall of smack hitting him. I do believe he survives, attaining Salvation from It. Supper's Ready in its mature form.

  96. OfeKool

    Awesome song, the instumental part is mind blowing