Lyrics of the song The musical box (1971)

(Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks)
Play me Old King Cole
That I may join with you,
All your hearts now seem so far from me
It hardly seems to matter now.
And the nurse will tell you lies
Of a kingdom beyond the skies.
But I am lost within this half-world,
It hardly seems to matter now.
Play me my song.
Here it comes again.
Play me my song.
Here it comes again.
Just a little bit,
Just a little bit more time,
Time left to live out my life.
Play me my song.
Here it comes again.
Play me my song.
Here it comes again.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul,
And a merry old soul was he.
So he called for his pipe,
And he called for his bowl,
And he called for his fiddlers three.
But the clock, tick-tock,
On the mantlepiece,
And I want,
And I feel,
And I know, And I touch,
The wall.
She's a lady, she's got time,
Brush back your hair, and let me
get to know your face.
She's a lady, she is mine.
Brush back your hair, and let me
get to know your flesh.
I've been waiting here for so long
And all this time has passed me by
It doesn't seem to matter now
You stand there with your fixed expression
Casting doubt on all I have to say.
Why don't you touch me, touch me,
Why don't you touch me, touch me,
Touch me now, now, now, now, now,
now, now, now, now, now, now, now, now, now,
now, now, now, now, now, now...
THE MUSICAL BOX
While Henry Hamilton-Smythe minor (8) was playing croquet with Cynthia Jane De
Blaise-William (9), sweet-smiling Cynthia raised her mallet high and gracefully
removed Henry's head. Two weeks later, in Henry's nursery, she discovered his
treasured musical box. Eagerly she opened it and as "Old King Cole" began to
play, a small spirit- figure appeared. Henry had returned - but not for long,
for as he stood in the room his body began ageing rapidly, leaving a child's
mind inside. A lifetime's desires surged through him. Unfortunately the attempt
to persuade Cynthia Jane to fulfill his romantic desire led his nurse to the
nursery to investigate the noise. Instinctively Nanny hurled the musical box at
the bearded child, destroying both.

Official versions

Nursery Cryme (Album, 1971)
Position in record: 1
Time: 10:25

Genesis Live (Album, 1973)
Position in record: 4
Time: 10:59
Version: Live

Seconds Out (Album, 1977)
Position in record: 8
Time: 3:19
Version: Closing section - Live

The Way We Walk - The Longs (Album, 1993)
Position in record: 3
Time: 3:07
Version: Live, Old Medley