Watcher of the Skies
"Watcher of the Skies" is the first track on Genesis' 1972 album Foxtrot. The title is borrowed from John Keats' 1817 poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer":
The song was frequently used to open the group's live performances and features as the first track on their 1973 live album Genesis Live. The song opens with a Mellotron intro. According to Tony Banks, the introductory section was intended to take advantage of the tonal strengths of the Mellotron model he was using at the time:
"It was intentionally melodramatic to conjure up an impression of incredible size. It was an extraordinary sound. On the old Mellotron Mark 2 there were these two chords that sounded really good on that instrument. There are some chords you can't play on that instrument because they'd be so out of tune. These chords created an incredible atmosphere. That's why it's just an incredible intro number. It never sounded so good on the later Mellotron."
The two chords in question are Bmaj7/F# and C#/F#. The long keyboard introduction crossfades into the main ensemble section, which features a prominent single-note staccato pattern in a 6/4 time signature (reminiscent of the 5/4 rhythmic pattern from "Mars" in Gustav Holst's The Planets suite) played over a pattern of sustained organ chords. Following the vocal sections of the song, there is an unusual polyrhythm part, where the staccato riff changes to 8/4 time, played against a Mellotron/organ chord part in 6/4.
The lyric was written by Banks and Mike Rutherford during a soundcheck for a gig in Naples. While they were surveying the deserted landscape of the airfield where they were rehearsing, they wondered what an empty Earth would look like in this state if surveyed by an alien visitor. the lyrics were influenced from the Arthur C. Clark sceience fiction novella, Childhood's End. this song and Pink Floyd's Childhood's End both were influenced from the novella, both released at the same year, and both bands are known as one of the most successful progressive rock bands.
It opened the band's shows during 1972-74 and remained a staple in the band's live set into the 1980s. In later years, it has been played in a medley following the track "It" (from The Lamb), as can be heard on Three Sides Live. The song was never performed with lyrics after Gabriel's departure.
During performances, Peter Gabriel wore bat wings on the side of his head, glowing UV make-up around his eyes, and a multicoloured cape.
The song was re-recorded in 1972 in a radically altered and shortened single version. This version was re-released in 1998 as part of the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set.
The song title was used in naming of the tribute album Watcher of the Skies: Genesis Revisited by ex-Genesis member Steve Hackett. On the album, the lead vocal was provided by John Wetton. In the liner notes to the album, Steve Hackett wrote:
"I remember pushing the band to acquire a Mellotron back in the 70's and, luckily, King Crimson had one to spare at the time - the 'Black Bitch' I think they called it on account of it always breaking down... This song alone was a strong reason for re-approaching the early material - from Phil's inventive morse code rhythm to Tony's momentous introduction which always sounded best in Italy's Palasports - an aircraft hangar type of rumble ideally suited to spacecraft impersonation."
The song was performed live by Phish at the 2010 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. The band also performed Genesis' "No Reply At All" after Trey Anastasio's induction speech.

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Watcher Of The Skies Lyrics - Genesis
Watcher of the Skies watcher of all / His is a world alone no world is his own, / He whom life can no longer surprise, / Raising his eyes beholds a planet unknown.
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Watcher Of The Skies Lyric Meaning - Genesis Meanings
Watcher of the Skies watcher of all / His is a world alone no world is his own, / He whom life can no longer surprise, / Raising his eyes beholds a planet unknown.
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GENESIS - WATCHERS OF THE SKY LYRICS
Genesis Watchers Of The Sky song lyrics. These Watchers Of The Sky lyrics are performed by Genesis Get the music video and song lyrics here.
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Watcher of the Skies History - Phish.Net
Watcher of the Skies” is the lead track on the 1972 Genesis' album Foxtrot. Perhaps the signature song from the earliest stages of Genesis' career, “Watcher of ...
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Watcher of the Skies: Galileo
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Galileo: Watcher of the Skies
David Wootton, 2010
Galileo (1564-1642) is one of the most important & controversial figures in the history of science. Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, & author, this book places him at the centre of Renaissance culture.
Blind Watchers Of The Sky: The People And Ideas That Shaped Our View Of The Universe (Helix Book)
Blind Watchers Of The Sky: The People And Ideas That Shaped Our View Of The Universe (Helix Book)
1997
Theoretical astrophysicist Rocky Kolb presents a popular history of astronomy and scientific cosmology from Tycho Brahe to the second half of the 20th century. In a style touched with humor and honed through numerous lectures to audiences ranging from third graders to Ph.Ds, Kolb introduces the pantheon of cosmologists, while offering a wonderfully...
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Margaret Giordano, 1995
He is recognised as having made the first long distance telephone call in Australia. Set against the historical background of the time, this is an interesting and informative story.
The Challenge of Keats: Bicentenary Essays 1795-1995
The Challenge of Keats: Bicentenary Essays 1795-1995
Allen C. Christensen, 2000
a graphic inscription of "Homer" ("SOME watcHER" contains the constituent letters of that name in two compact triads: OME + HER), while the whole expression "some Watcher of the Skies" is an exact lexical equivalent of " astROnOMER", ...
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Humint Events Online: Genesis-- "Watcher of the Skies"
I love this song, but note the alien quarantine theme in the lyrics-- it is very reminiscent of AP's thesis-- particularly the last verse. And note the lizard reference, which is a clue to the evil alien race, and hints of quarantine breakout.
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CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: Still on the Track: FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES
In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.
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Migratory murder on Egypt's coast May 2013. Disturbing evidence has emerged from the Mediterranean coast of Egypt: Bavarian Broadcasting have documented a total of 700 kilometres of nets set to catch birds.
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The Canberra Times Watcher of the Skies urges action The Canberra Times Steel said the Chelyabinsk meteor impact in western Russia on February 15 was both a wake-up call and a lucky escape. A small asteroid , believed to be about 17 metres in diameter, plunged into the Earth's atmosphere at about 60,000km/h, or 50 times the ...
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In Quintessence: Watcher of the Skies
As I sat down at the rooftop bar last night couldn't help noticing the birds circling. No pigeons or starlings here, but a pterodactyl eaglesque beast that soared and circled close to the hotel.
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Watcher of the Skies and Thoughts on NaNoWriMo | Natania Barron
Musings. Melodies. Mischief.
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