Supper's Ready (22:48)

Cover of Seconds Out

From Seconds Out and 43 other releases

The song’s writing is credited to the whole band (Banks/Collins/Gabriel/Hackett/Rutherford). Nearly 23 minutes in length, the song is divided into seven sections:

I. Lover’s Leap

In which two lovers are lost in each other’s eyes, and found again transformed in the bodies of another male and female

II. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man

The lovers come across a town dominated by two characters; one a benevolent farmer and the other the head of a highly disciplined scientific religion. The latter likes to be known as “The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man” and claims to contain a secret new ingredient capable of fighting fire. This is a falsehood, an untruth, a whopper and a taradiddle, or to put it in clearer terms; a lie.

III. Ikhnaton and Its-a-con and their band of merry men

Who the lovers see clad in greys and purples, awaiting to be summoned out of the ground. At the G.E.S.M’s command they put forth from the bowels of the earth, to attack all those without an up-to-date “Eternal Life Licence”, which were obtainable at the head office of the G.E.S.M.’s religion.

IV. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?

In which our intrepid heroes invesitigate the aftermath of the battle and discover a solitary figure, obsessed by his own image. They witness an unusual transmutation, and are pulled into their own reflections in the water.

V. Willow Farm

Climbing out of the pool, they are once again in a different existence. They’re right in the middle of a myriad of bright colours, filled with all manner of objects, plants, animals and humans. Life flows freely and everything is mindlessly busy. At random, a whistle blows and every single thing is instantly changed into another.


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Walking across the sitting-room, I turn the television off
Sitting beside you, I look into your eyes
As the sound of motor cars fades in the night time
I swear I saw your face change, it didn't seem quite right

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  • Malkovith1

    The Apocalypse part is just one of the most epic moments I've ever heard! Just awesome!

    25 May 6:12pm Reply
  • Bataller

    At the time of this comment, this song has 309,628 scrobbles. This means that users have collectively spent ~13 years, 6 months, 18 days, and 7 hours listening to this song.

    24 Apr 4:12pm Reply
  • Ephiros

    That's what you call progressive rock

    24 Apr 11:50am Reply
  • theironictea

    I've listened to this track 40 times. That's over 15 hours. No regrets.

    29 Mar 10:27am Reply
  • Sal-ival

    I sometimes feel sorry for those who still haven't heard this gorgeous piece of work.

    29 Mar 7:21am Reply
  • magpie_1862

    Even though I'm feeling good, something tells me I better activate my prayer capsule

    11 Mar 9:40am Reply
  • SebastianKramer


    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    This song is perfection, an epic progressive masterpiece with masterful playing from all the members.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ROSSANO1972

    hey baby, your supper's waiting for you ! There's WINSTON CHURCHILL dressed in drag, he used to be a british flag, plastig bag, what a drag !!!!!! 666 IS NO LONGER ALONE !!!!!

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • radio_face


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  • radio_face

    Jus'another epic epoch!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • themartialarts

    Gabriel and his wife had been taking acid, hadn't they

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    And it's from Foxtrot, of course, but the tags on that album are messed up.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This is my favorite piece of music ever.

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • lzcool

    A performance de Peter Gabriel nesse disco é sensacional.

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • proggr

    a "10" on the goose bump scale

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • theironictea


    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • RheiselSilva

    Genesis' masterpiece.

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • bonene59


    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • kardiokompresor

    unübertroffen !!!

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
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