Genesis - The Waiting Room Lyrics

He panics, feels around for a stone and hurls it at the brightest point.
The sound of breaking glass echoes around the cave.
As his vision is restored he catches sight of two golden gloves
about one foot in diameter hovering away down the tunnel.
When they disappear a resounding crack sears across the roof, and it collapses all around him.
Our hero is trapped once again.

"This is it" he thinks, failing to move any of the fallen rocks

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  1. Moby Deee

    Holy heck, Phil is just having a seizure on the drums there.

  2. S. Rathgeber

    Has there really bee n a melody around minute 4?


    BEEN sitting here in the AREA 51 Waiting room. Waiting for Dr. Dyper to give the green light to clap some slippery cheeks.

  4. El Panteón

    This sounds like a bad trip

  5. Chris Hall

    This is not for little kids , maybe for Halloween ?

  6. David Pancerev

    did Steve hackett do heroin ?


    From what I understand, none of them were really into anything like that. I think Phil and Mike smoked a little. They were naturally lucid and workaholics.

  7. kayfabe 58

    A great example of why Genesis are outstanding....

    Patrick Lauer

    kayfabe 58 Yes!

  8. Bubba Mike

    I locked myself in a dark coat closet and listened to this. Very interesting experience

  9. martk fartkerson

    Definitely some Doors in there -- the spooky strange days, the end, unknown solider, not to touch the earth Doors...

  10. Bobby Willis

    These guys could literally create any feeling they wanted with their songs. This one invokes some of the creepiest and unsettling feelings I have ever felt.

  11. John Stewart

    I can’t be the only one who’s feeling some early Pink Floyd vibes from this song, right?


    More like Gong/Hawkwind vibes.

    Lorenzo Antenucci

    Me too.

  12. planetterrible

    Just heard this as part of the sound track on the Ken Burns documentary of Vietnam (episode 4) - really surprised me - but a perfect fit.

  13. giorgio broletti

    music for ambient?

  14. Ben Kizer

    The band nicknamed this the "evil jam." According to members, it was a way for them to relieve stress, as Lamb was a very stressful experience for all of them, with Peter leaving for a while, Steve's injured hand, the tense writing sessions, etc. Phil admitted this song was one of the few on the album where all five members were on the same page and unified.

  15. João Mauricio

    Phil Collins rules this track.

    Kev Budd

    peak of his powers, the playing on this tour is epic

  16. Oroborus

    Sorry, but this sounds like a sack sack reprise of stuff Hendrix did on Electric Ladyland six years prior.

    Nico G

    the whole album is epic

    Graham Nicoll

    A True Masterpiece!


    Lol Hendrix didn’t do synthesizers

  17. FunerealObsession

    I presume the titular waiting room is inside Chthulu's stomach.

  18. Jehovanny Elinor Dougall

    Don't forget Brian Eno...

  19. ILAN2187

    3.00 a world war  begun

    Bill Heineman

    According to several accounts by Collins, some of "waiting Room" was recorded during a hard rain
    @ 3:00 there was a crack of thunder outside the studio.(*)
    this "stroke of Providence" was left in.

    most of the album was recorded in an outbuilding at Glaspant Manor in Carmarthenshire, Wales
    (a less than professional studio) ...
    In the early 70s Glaspant was bought by Angela Lyle (Tate and Lyle) who designed and made stage clothes
    for rock musicians and with her family converted one of the outbuildings into a rehearsal/recording studio.
    Many famous bands would come and stay at Glaspant including:-

    Black Sabbath, Freddie Mercury, Hawkwind
    Genesis (who recorded The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway at Glaspant in 1974)

  20. touhouguyII

    2:24, the creepiest thing my ears have ever heard.
    I have a weird reaction to this part, my eyes will start to water but I'm not crying!

    Bobby Willis

    touhouguyII That’s the best creepy. Visual or auditorial, anything that makes your eyes water is real stuff right there

  21. Ian Wood

    true class fantastic music from a fantastic genuine prog rock band

  22. doubidoubane

    Phil Collins est géant dans ses changements de rythme

  23. halcyon289

    A truly great piece of music from a great band. 

    kayfabe 58

    halcyon289 I agree

  24. Ryan Wilson

    the first half of track really does give me the "waiting room" feel. unsettling, fidgeting, mind wandering.

  25. Ray deJ

    fuck the commecrcials

  26. gynandroidhead

    My friend used to work in a large doctor's office, and they would play really soft rock over the speakers.  So for several days in a "waiting room" full of people, we threw this little tune over the speakers at a slightly higher volume to see how people would react.  After it was over, we would resume the regular music.

    After the fifth day, someone in the actual waiting room went up to the desk and said to the receptionist "do you know what song is?"  She replied "no." To which he said "It is called The Waiting Room  It is a song by Genesis from 1974."

    Black Cap Baron

    Great story. Hearing this song in an actual waiting room would make me very uneasy.

    Jack Howard

    How did everyone else react?

  27. ProgressiveRock1970s

    Hackett's guitar effects take this track to the next level.


    +Kyle Tekaucic I bet Tony Banks doesn't agree with you...

    Kyle Tekaucic

    +RockyF9 Well, some of the synth tones are definitely the Pro Soloist, but some of the sounds in the beginning sound more like an EMS going wobbly...

    Markus Antonio

    ProgressiveRock1970s Hackett is a pure English gent!

    Black Cap Baron

    lol I can just see Tony Banks rolling his eyes at another overblown credit to Brian Eno on the Lamb.

    Obviously I wasn't there, but Tony has always said Eno contributed very little. And for whatever reason, I believe him.

    Kyle Tekaucic

    He didn't contribute to every track, of course. But some effects bear his sensibilities.

  28. Steve Nyland

    Best cut on the album.

  29. Ofek

    1:53 really sounds like a cat, doesn't it?

  30. oilingup

    Grateful Dead: "Feedback"

  31. C.C.

    I resemble in some passages RADIOHEAD.

  32. Stuart Watson

    Ummagumma in a Factory instead of a forest.

  33. iloveyes1

    Pretty much!

  34. Carl

    I think I hear several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict

  35. taimadam

    This is awesome, this is a delusion, a short circuit in high voltage ... the epic of the universe .. why do this to us Phill

  36. Woombath

    Sweet, sweet cacophony... +_+

  37. norwood86

    yes, its covers similar ground to King C. but that incredible crash followed by the heavy riff is like being suddenly put on a roller coaster and sent hurtling along to sweet oblivion-- we are almost literally transporting the listener here. A movie could have used it to great effect

  38. prog4evr

    I believe this is the band's homage to "Moonchild" from King Crimson's In The Court of the Crimson King album. The same kind of experimental disjointed sounds...