In The Cage
From the album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by Genesis
Transcribed by August McAllister
Running Time: 8:15
Standard tuning - Key of E flat minor (Ebm)
Chord - Fingering Chord Name Scale position
Bm - x24432 B minor bVI
A - x02220 A major bV
G - 320033 G major III
Ebm - x68876 E flat minor Root
Bbm - 688666 B flat minor V
B - x24442 B major bVI
C# - x46664 C sharp major bVII
Eb - x68886 E flat major Root
Ab - 466544 A flat major IV
C#m - x46654 C sharp minor bVII
F# - 244322 F sharp major bIII
Eb(no5)- x6x87x Eb major no 5th Root
F7 - 131241 F dominant 7th II
Fm7 - 131141 F minor 7th II
Ebm7 - x68676 Eb minor 7th Root
Bb - 688766 B flat major V
Abm7 - 464474 Ab minor 7th IV
E - x79997 E major bII
Amaj7 - 5x665x A major 7th bV
Abm(9) - 468444 Ab minor add 9th IV
C#m6 - x48654 C# minor add 6th bVII
C#6 - x48664 C# major add 6th bVII
Ddim(7)- x56767 D diminished 7th VII
F - 133211 F major II
Ddim - x56764 D diminished VII
Fm7(no5) 1x31x1 Fm7 no 5th II
Abm - 466444 A flat minor IV
Ebsus4 - x799a7 Eb suspend 4th Root
NOTE: The note after the chord name marks that the bass
note is different from the root note of the chord.
For example, "Abm/Eb" means this is still recognized
as an Abm chord, but the bass plays an Eb.
Bm AI got sunshine in my stomach
G BmLike I just rocked my baby to sleep.
Bm/F# A/EI got sunshine in my stomach
G/D A/C# G/D A/C#But I can't keep me from creeping sleep,
G/D A/C# BmSleep, deep in the deep.
Bm/F# - Hold
Ebm Bbm/F B C#
Ebm Bbm - 2x
EbmRockface moves to press my skin
BbmWhite liquid turn sour within
BbmTurn sweat - turn sour.
EbmMust tell myself that I'm not here.
BbmI'm drowning in a liquid fear.
EbmBottled in a strong compression,
BbmMy distortion shows obsession
Ebm BbmGet me out of this cave!
Eb AbIf I keep my self-control,
Eb AbI'll be safe in my soul.
Eb AbAnd the childhood belief
Eb AbBrings a moment's relief,
C#mBut my cynic soon returns
AbAnd the lifeboat burns.
C#m A F#My spirit just never learns.
BbmShut me in, lock me tight.
EbmLips are dry, throat is dry.
BbmFeel like burning, stomach churning,
EbmI'm dressed up in a white costume
BbmPadding out leftover room.
Ebm BbmBody stretching, feel the wretching
Ebm BbmGet me out of the cage!
Eb AbIn the glare of a light,
Eb AbI see a strange kind of sight;
Eb AbOf cages joined to form a star
Eb AbEach person can't go very far;
C#mAll tied to their things
AbThey're netted by their strings,
C#m A F#Free to flutter in memories of their wasted wings.
(Bear with me here. I'll try to space the chords depending
on timing, but ultimately you'll have to listen to the
song to figure it out.)
Eb(no5) - 4x
Eb F7/Eb Fm7/Eb
Ebm7 F7/Eb Bb/F
Eb Ab/Eb Eb Ab/Eb
Ebm7 Abm7/Eb - 7x
Ebm/F# Ab Db/Ab
Bbm/F Ab/Eb Bbm/C#
Ddim(7) Ebm - 2x
Hold Eb note
F DdimOutside the cage I see my Brother John,
EbHe turns his head so slowly round.
BbI cry out Help! before he can be gone,
Eb BbAnd he looks at me without a sound.
DdimAnd I shout out 'John please help me!'
Eb BbBut he does not even want to try to speak.
Eb BbI'm helpless in my violent rage
Ab Eb Fm7(no5) EbAnd a silent tear of blood dribbles down his cheek,
Abm Bb Ebsus4And I watch him turn away and leave the cage.
Eb Ab/Eb Eb Ab
Ebm7 Abm7/Eb - fade into verse.
(HOLD Eb note.)
Raindrops keep falling on my head, they keep falling on my...
EbmIn a trap, feel a strap
BbmHolding still. Pinned for kill.
EbmChances narrow that I'll make it,
BbmIn the cushioned straight-jacket.
EbmJust like 22nd Street,
BbmThey got me by my neck and feet.
EbmPressures building, can't take more.
EbmMy headaches charge, earaches roar.
Ebm BbmGet me out of this pain!
Eb AbIf I could change to liquid,
Eb AbI could fill the cracks up in the rocks.
Eb AbI know that I am solid
Eb AbAnd I am my own bad luck.
C#m AbOutside John disappears, my cage dissolves,
C#m A F#without any reason my body revolves.
Ebm Bbm - repeatedly.
End on Ebm.