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Taken from a news story concerning two rival gangs fighting over East-End Protection rights.


Along the Forest Road, there`s hundreds of cars - luxury cars.

Each has got its load of convertible bars, cutlery cars - superscars!

For today is the day when they sort it out, sort it out,

`cos they disagree on a gangland boundary.

They disagree on a gangland boundary.

There`s Willy Wright and his boys -

one helluva noise, that`s Billy`s boys!

With fully-fashioned mugs, that`s Little John`s thugs,

the Barking Slugs - supersmugs!

For today is the day when they sort it out, sort it out,

yes these Christian soldiers fight to protect the poor.

East end heroes got to score in...

the Battle of Epping Forest,

yes it`s the Battle of Epping Forest,

right outside your door.

You ain`t seen nothing like it.

No, you ain`t seen nothing like it,

not since the Civil War.

Coming over the hill are the boys of Bill,

and Johnny`s lads stand very still.

With the thumpire`s shout, they all start to clout

- there`s no guns in this gentleman`s bout.

Georgie moves in on the outside left

with a chain flying round his head;

and Harold Demure, from Art Literature,

nips up the nearest tree.

(Here come the cavalry!)

Amidst the battle roar,

accountants keep the score: 10-4.

They`ve never been alone, after getting a radiophone.

The bluebells are ringing for Sweetmeal Sam, real ham,

handing out bread and jam just like any picnic.

It`s 5-4 on William Wright; he made his pile on Derby night.

When Billy was a kid, walking the streets,

the other kids hid - so they did!

And now, after working hard in security trade, he`s got it made.

The shops that need aid are those that haven`t paid.

"I do my double-show quick!" said Mick the Prick, fresh out the nick.

"I sell cheap holiday. The minute they leave,

then a visit I pay - and does it pay!"

And his friend, Liquid Len by name,

of Wine, Women and Wandsworth fame,

said "I`m breaking the legs of the bastard that got me framed!"

They called me the Reverend when I entered the Church unstained;

my employers have changed but the name has remained.

It all began when I went on a tour,

hoping to find some furniture.

I followed a sign - it said "Beautiful Chest".

It led to a lady who showed me her best.

She was taken by surprise when I quickly closed my eyes.

So she rang the bell, and quick as hell

Bob the Nob came out on his job

to see what the trouble was.

"Louise, is the Reverend hard to please?"

"You`re telling me!"

"Perhaps, sir, if it`s not too late.

we could interest you in our old-fashioned Staffordshire plate?"

"Oh no, not me, I`m a man of repute."

But the Devil caught hold of my soul and a voice called out "Shoot!"

To save my steeple, I visited people;

for this I`d gone when I met Little John.

His name came, I understood,

when the judge said "You`re a robbing hood."

He told me of his strange foundation,

conceived on sight of the Woodstock nation;

he`d had to hide his reputation.

When poor, `twas salvation from door to door.

But now, with a pin-up guru every week,

it`s Love, Peace & Truth Incorporated for all who seek.

He employed me as a karma-ma-mechanic, with overall charms.

His hands were then fit to receive, receive alms.

That`s why we`re in

the Battle of Epping Forest,

yes it`s the Battle of Epping Forest,

right outside your door.

We guard your souls for peanuts,

and we guard your shops and houses

for just a little more.

In with a left hook is the Bethnal Green Butcher,

but he`s countered on the right by Mick`s chain-gang fight,

and Liquid Len, with his smashed bottle men,

is lobbing Bob the Nob across the gob.

With his kisser in a mess, Bob seems under stress,

but Jones the Jug hits Len right in the mug;

and Harold Demure, who`s still not quite sure,

fires acorns from out of his sling.

(Here come the cavalry!)

Up, up above the crowd,

inside their Silver Cloud, done proud,

the bold and brazen brass, seen darkly through the glass.

The butler`s got jam on his Rolls; Ro

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Release History

The Genesis song "The Battle Of Epping Forest" appears on the following albums:
1970 - 1975
11 November 2008

1970 - 1975

  1. Looking For Someone (7:04)
  2. White Mountain (8:09)
  3. Visions Of Angels (6:52)
  4. Stagnation (8:54)
  5. Dusk (6:14)
  6. The Knife (8:57)
  7. Reissues Interview 2007
  8. The Musical Box (11:03)
  9. For Absent Friends (1:44)
  10. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  11. Seven Stones (5:11)
  12. Harold The Barrel (3:02)
  13. Harlequin (2:40)
  14. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  15. The Fountain Of Salmascis
  16. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  17. Time Table (4:40)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  19. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:45)
  20. Horizons (2:17)
  21. Lover's Leap
  22. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
  23. Ikhnaton And Itsacon And Their Band Of Merry-Men
  24. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
  25. Willow Farm (2:57)
  26. Apocalypse In 9/8 (Co-Starring The Delicious Talents Of Gabble Ratchet)
  27. As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)
  28. Twilight Alehouse (7:48)
  29. (Interview) (5:54)
  30. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  31. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:08)
  32. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  33. More Fool Me (3:41)
  34. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  35. After The Ordeal (4:15)
  36. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  37. Aisle Of Plenty (1:58)
  38. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrope)
  39. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  40. Return Of The Giant Hogweed (8:14)
  41. The Lamb Lies Down On Braodway
  42. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  43. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  44. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  45. In The Cage (7:49)
  46. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging (2:43)
  47. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  48. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  49. Counting Out Time (3:50)
  50. Carpet Crawlers (5:47)
  51. The Chamber Of 32 Doors (4:07)
  52. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  53. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  54. Anyway (3:31)
  55. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist (2:30)
  56. The Lamia (7:12)
  57. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boots
  58. The Arrival
  59. A Visit To The Doktor
  60. The Raven
  61. Ravine (1:27)
  62. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  63. Riding The Scree (4:41)
  64. In The Rapids (2:26)
  65. It (4:49)
  66. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  67. I Know What I Like... (6:14)
  68. Happy The Man (3:07)
  69. Shepherd (BBC Nightride 1970)
  70. Pacidy (BBC Nightride 1970)
  71. Let Us Now Make Love (BBC Nightride 1970)
  72. Going Out To Get You (Demo 1969)
  73. Provocation (4:09)
  74. Frustration (3:42)
  75. Manipulation (3:48)
  76. Resignation (3:03)
  77. Box Set 1967-1975 (VH1 Special)
1970-1975
10 November 2008

1970-1975

  1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  2. Happy The Man (3:07)
  3. Lilywhite Lilith (2:36)
  4. Looking For Someone (7:04)
  5. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  6. The Musical Box (11:03)
  7. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  8. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  9. For Absent Friends (1:44)
  10. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:08)
  11. The Waiting Room (9:33)
  12. Time Table (4:40)
  13. Twilight Alehouse (7:48)
  14. White Mountain (8:09)
  15. Anyway (3:31)
  16. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  17. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  18. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  19. Going Out To Get You (4:54)
  20. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  21. Visions Of Angels (6:52)
  22. Can-Utility And The Coastliners (5:45)
  23. Cuckoo Cocoon (2:09)
  24. Here Comes The Supernatural Anaesthetist (2:30)
  25. More Fool Me (3:41)
  26. Seven Stones (5:11)
  27. Shepherd (4:00)
  28. Stagnation (8:54)
  29. Dusk (6:14)
  30. Harold The Barrel (3:02)
  31. Horizons (2:17)
  32. In The Cage (7:49)
  33. Pacidy (5:42)
  34. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  35. The Lamia (7:12)
  36. After The Ordeal (4:15)
  37. Harlequin (2:40)
  38. Let Us Now Make Love (6:14)
  39. Silent Sorrow In Empty Boats (1:13)
  40. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  41. The Grand Parade Of Lifeless Packaging (2:43)
  42. The Knife (8:57)
  43. Back In N.Y.C. (5:59)
  44. Provocation (4:09)
  45. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  46. The Colony of Slippermen: Arrival / A Visit to the Doktor / Raven (8:12)
  47. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  48. Aisle Of Plenty (1:58)
  49. Frustration (3:42)
  50. Hairless Heart (2:36)
  51. Ravine (1:27)
  52. Counting Out Time (3:50)
  53. Manipulation (3:48)
  54. The Light Dies Down On Broadway (3:30)
  55. Resignation (3:03)
  56. Riding The Scree (4:41)
  57. The Carpet Crawlers (5:33)
  58. In The Rapids (2:26)
  59. The Chamber Of 32 Doors (4:07)
  60. It (4:49)
1973 - 2007 Live
21 September 2009

1973 - 2007 Live

  1. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  2. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  3. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  4. The Musical Box (11:03)
  5. The Knife (8:57)
  6. Back In New York City (6:10)
  7. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  8. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  9. Anyway (3:31)
  10. Chamber Of 32 Doors (5:59)
  11. Squonk (7:12)
  12. Carpet Crawlers (5:47)
  13. Robbery, Assault & Battery (6:39)
  14. Afterglow (4:11)
  15. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  16. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (4:08)
  17. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  18. The Musical Box (Closing Section) (3:21)
  19. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  20. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  21. Dance On A Volcano (6:30)
  22. Los Endos (7:14)
  23. Turn It On Again (3:41)
  24. Dodo (7:20)
  25. Abacab (8:37)
  26. Behind The Lines (5:43)
  27. Duchess (3:56)
  28. Me And Sarah Jane (6:08)
  29. Follow You Follow Me (3:59)
  30. Misunderstanding (3:14)
  31. In The Cage (Medley - The Cinema Show - Slipperman) (11:51)
  32. One For The Vine (10:41)
  33. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  34. It/Watcher Of The Skies (5:47)
  35. Land Of Confusion (4:47)
  36. No Son Of Mine (5:44)
  37. Driving The Last Spike (10:19)
  38. Old Medley (Dance On A Volcano-The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway-The Musical Box-Firth Of Fifth-I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe))
  39. Throwing It All Away (6:02)
  40. Fading Lights (10:50)
  41. Jesus He Knows Me (4:15)
  42. Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea (12:03)
  43. Hold On My Heart (4:37)
  44. Domino (In The Glow Of The Night-The Last Domino) (11:20)
  45. The Drum Thing (5:49)
  46. I Can't Dance (3:59)
  47. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (4:29)
  48. Invisible Touch (3:30)
  49. Mama (7:21)
  50. That's All (4:25)
  51. In Too Deep (5:36)
  52. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  53. More Fool Me (3:41)
  54. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
Live 1973-2007
21 September 2009

Live 1973-2007

  1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  2. Hold On My Heart (4:37)
  3. Land Of Confusion (4:47)
  4. Misunderstanding (3:14)
  5. Squonk (7:12)
  6. Supper's Ready (23:18)
  7. Turn It On Again (3:41)
  8. Watcher Of The Skies (7:43)
  9. Carpet Crawlers (5:47)
  10. Dodo (7:20)
  11. Domino (In The Glow Of The Night-The Last Domino) (11:20)
  12. Get 'Em Out By Friday (8:33)
  13. In The Cage (Medley - The Cinema Show - Slipperman) (11:51)
  14. No Son Of Mine (5:44)
  15. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  16. Abacab (8:37)
  17. Dance On A Volcano (6:30)
  18. Driving The Last Spike (10:19)
  19. Robbery, Assault & Battery (6:39)
  20. The Drum Thing (5:49)
  21. The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (7:58)
  22. Afterglow (4:11)
  23. Behind The Lines (5:43)
  24. I Can't Dance (3:59)
  25. Los Endos (7:14)
  26. Old Medley: Dance on a Volcano / The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway / The Musical Box / Firth of Fifth / I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (19:43)
  27. One For The Vine (10:41)
  28. The Musical Box (11:03)
  29. Duchess (3:56)
  30. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  31. More Fool Me (3:41)
  32. The Fountain Of Salmacis (9:06)
  33. The Knife (8:57)
  34. Throwing It All Away (6:02)
  35. Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (4:29)
  36. Back In New York City (6:10)
  37. Fading Lights (10:50)
  38. I Know What I Like... (6:14)
  39. Invisible Touch (3:30)
  40. It/Watcher Of The Skies (5:47)
  41. Me And Sarah Jane (6:08)
  42. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  43. Fly On A Windshield (3:04)
  44. Follow You Follow Me (3:59)
  45. Jesus He Knows Me (4:15)
  46. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (4:50)
  47. Broadway Melody Of 1974 (2:17)
  48. Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea (12:03)
  49. Mama (7:21)
  50. The Musical Box (Closing Section) (3:21)
  51. Anyway (3:31)
  52. That's All (4:25)
  53. Chamber Of 32 Doors (5:59)
  54. In Too Deep (5:36)

Live Supper

  1. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (8:58)
  2. I Know What I Like... (6:14)
  3. Firth Of Fifth (10:11)
  4. More Fool Me (3:41)
  5. The Battle Of Epping Forest (12:30)
  6. The Cinema Show (11:04)
  7. Supper's Ready (23:18)
Selling England By The Pound
10 November 2008


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