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Old 10-03-2021, 03:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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One little comment: I'm sure you're correct about the narrative of The Musical Box being completely from Peter Gabriel's fevered imagination. However there are quite a few Genesis songs whose story lines I initially assumed were just made up, but which I subsequently discovered were either based on fact (eg. "Hogweed"), or on pre-existing classical mythology (eg. "Salmacis").

The Giant Hogweed soujnds as fantastical as John Wyndham's "Day of the Triffids", or the Martian invaders in H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds", but the hogweed is a real plant, and a genuine menace, and the description in the song of how they were introduced to the British Isles is a fairly faithful telling of what actually happened.

If you ever come across one of these hogweed plants, DON'T touch it, and notify the relevant authorities - local council, Department of Agriculture, or whatever - immediately.
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