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Re: Basic intro
I too feel fortunate to be in the company of such learned folk as "Caliban"
and Richard. Without disputing what i feel are complimentary rather than
adversarial comments on Tiresius, etc, FWIW as far as relevance, given
Peter's use of Tiresius in Cinema Show-1973, and subsequent allusion to it
in "White Shadow"1978 it is somewhere between possible and probably that's
whom he had in mind with the lyric, although i don't speak under the
auspices of anyone other than myself on this:)
P.s. for anyone who was ever interested in this stuff Steve Hackett's
wife/spouse has illustrated a book of genesis lyrics, she's quite good at
if you'd like a look at her work:
on which the very first picture includes the flight of birds.
That was kind of a loop:)
on 8/13/01 8:29 PM, Richard Zvonar at email@example.com wrote:
> At 7:19 PM -0700 8/13/01, Caliban Tiresias Darklock wrote:
>> The most interesting Tiresias reference I ever found was in Peter
>> Gabriel's "White Shadow" on his second solo album:
>> No one knew if the spirit died;
>> All wrapped to go, like Kentucky Fried.
>> Trying to read the flight of birds --
>> low on fuel, getting low on words.
> Divining omens from the flight of birds wasn't specific to Tiresias,
> though he probably served as a model for those who came later
> (according to some, Tiresias was a contemporary of Cadmus and
> therefore was late Bronze Age). Our own word "auspices" comes from
> the Latin "avem specere" = "to see the bird."