Who Sang Mad Man Moon? Genesis

Genesis A Trick of the Tail cover art
Credits
publisher: ©IMAGEM U.S. LLC , Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Anthony George Banks
release date: 1976-2
genres: Electronic Rock Pop
styles: Alternative Rock/Classic Rock/Pop Rock/Symphonic Rock
length: 7:36
producer: Genesis and David Hentschel
engineer: David Hentschel and Nick Bradford
arranger: Genesis
background vocals: Tony Banks and Phil Collins
bass: Mike Rutherford
bass pedals: Mike Rutherford
drums (drum set): Phil Collins
electric guitar: Steve Hackett
lead vocals: Phil Collins
mellotron: Tony Banks
synthesizer: Tony Banks
piano: Tony Banks
percussion: Phil Collins
Mad Man Moon
Was it summer when the river ran dry,
Or was it just another dam.
When the evil of a snowflake in June
Could still be a source of relief.
O how I love you, I once cried long ago,
But I was the one who decided to go.
To search beyond the final crest,
Though I'd heard it said just birds could dwell so high.

So I pretended to have wings for my arms
And took off in the air.
I flew to places which the clouds never see,
Too close to the deserts of sand,
Where a thousand mirages, the shepherds of lies
Forced me to land and take a disguise.
I would welcome a horse's kick to send me back
If I could find a horse not made of sand.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.

Hey man,
I'm the sand man.
And boy have I news for you;
They're gonna throw you in gaol
And you know they can't fail
'cause sand is thicker than blood.
But a prison in sand
Is a haven in hell,
For a gaol can give you a goal
[and a] goal can find you a role
On a muddy pitch in Newcastle,
Where it rains so much
You can't wait for a touch
Of sun and sand, sun and sand...

Within the valley of shadowless death
They pray for thunderclouds and rain,
But to the multitude who stand in the rain
Heaven is where the sun shines.
The grass will be greener till the stems turn to brown
And thoughts will fly higher till the earth brings them down.
Forever caught in desert lands one has to learn
To disbelieve the sea.

If this desert's all there'll ever be
Then tell me what becomes of me.
A fall of rain?
That must have been another of your dreams,
A dream of mad man moon.



Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Dance on a Volcano
  • 2 Entangled
  • 3 Squonk
  • 4 Mad Man Moon
  • 5 Robbery, Assault and Battery
  • 6 Ripples…
  • 7 A Trick of the Tail
  • 8 Los Endos

  • Album Information
    label: Charisma
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin