The Knife (song)

The Knife (song)

Infobox Single
Name = The Knife

Artist = Genesis
from Album = Trespass

A-side = The Knife (Part I)
B-side = The Knife (Part II)
Released = May 1971
Format = Vinyl
Recorded = 1970
Genre = Progressive rock, Hard rock
Length = 8:57
Label = Charisma Records/Virgin Records (UK)
MCA (US/Canada)
Writer = Tony Banks, Peter GabrielFact|date=July 2008
Producer = John Anthony
Last single = "Where The Sour Turns To Sweet" / "In Hiding"
This single = "The Knife (Part I)" / "The Knife (Part II)"
Next single = "Happy the Man" / "Seven Stones"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Trespass
Type = Studio
prev_track = "Dusk"
prev_no = 5
this_track = "The Knife"
track_no = 6
next_track = End of album
next_no =
Extra tracklisting
Album = Genesis Live
Type = Live album
prev_track = The Musical Box
prev_no = 4
this_track = "The Knife"
track_no = 5
next_track = End of album
next_no =
Extra tracklisting
Album = Platinum Collection
Type = Box set
prev_track = The Musical Box
prev_no = 39
this_track = "The Knife"
track_no = 40
next_track = End of album
next_no =

The Knife is a song by progressive rock band Genesis from their second album "Trespass" from 1970. In some ways it is the first "classic" Genesis song as it was performed live often in the band's early days (a live version appears on the "Genesis Live" album from 1973) and has appeared sporadically in the band's setlists all the way up through 1982 (after 1975, however, they performed an edited four-minute version of the song). It was released as a two-part single in May of 1971, but it did not chart.

The song was unusually aggressive for Genesis at the time, as most of their work consisted of soft, pastoral acoustic textures and poetic lyrics. It features a bouncy, march-like organ riff, heavily distorted guitars and bass, and chaotic drumming. (Peter Gabriel said he wanted to write something that had the excitement of "Rondo" by The Nice.) The song's lyrics concern Gabriel's reflections on violent revolutions, showing how those who use violence in the name of freedom are often only interested in establishing their own dictatorship.

"The Knife" was the most popular stage song from "Trespass", usually being performed as an encore. During one performance in 1970, Peter Gabriel became so carried away at the end of the song that he jumped off the stage into the audience and landed on his foot, breaking his ankle as a result.

The cover artwork for the single features (from left to right) Gabriel, Rutherford, Banks, Phil Collins and Steve Hackett; the latter two did not perform on the track but joined the group shortly after the album was recorded, replacing John Mayhew and Anthony Phillips.


*Peter Gabriel – vocals, woodwind, percussion
*Anthony Phillipsguitar,
*Mike Rutherfordbass
*Tony Bankskeyboards
*John Mayhewdrums

External links

* [ "The Knife" played in concert]
* [ Lyrics to "The Knife"]

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