Lyrics of the song It (1974)

(Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks)
When its cold, it come slow
it is warm, just watch it grow
- all around me
it is here. it is now.
Just a little bit of it can bring you up or down.
Like the supper it is cooking in your hometown.
it is chicken, it is eggs,
it is in between your legs.
it is walking on the moon,
leaving your cocoon.
it is the jigsaw. it is purple haze.
it never stays in one place, but it's not a passing phase,
it is in the singles bar, in the distance of the face
it is in between the cages, it is always in a space
it is here. it is now.
Any rock can be made to roll
If you've enough of it to pay the toll
it has no home in words or goal
Not even in your favourite hole
it is the hope for the dope
Who rides the horse without a hoof
it is shaken not stirred;
Cocktails on the roof.
When you eat right through it you see everything alive
it is inside spirit, with enough grit to survive
If you think that its pretentious, you've been taken for a ride.
Look across the mirror sonny, before you choose decide
it is here. it is now
it is Real. it is Rael
'cos it's only knock and knowall, but I like it...

Official versions

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (Album, 1974)
Position in record: 23
Time: 4:12

Archive 1967-1975 (Box, 1998)
Position in record: 23
Time: 4:20
Version: Live