Firth of Fifth

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Firth of Fifth
publication October 12, 1973
length 9:38
Genre (s) Progressive rock
Author (s) Tony Banks
Label Charisma Records
album Selling England by the Pound
Tony Banks
Steve Hackett 1977

Firth of Fifth is a song by the British band Genesis . It was released in 1973 on the album Selling England by the Pound and played live in whole or in part for the entire time of the band.


The title is a play on words with the Firth of Forth . The piece was composed by Tony Banks ; he wrote it in 1972, but it was initially rejected. He revised the piece that has now been accepted. Banks rated his text as "one of the worst texts I was involved in".

The song starts with a virtuoso piano solo that is rhythmically complex. The vocal part starts at a slower pace. This is followed by a synthesizer-instrumental part, which forms a framework for the piano solo. Steve Hackett plays a long guitar solo. Peter Gabriel sings a short text before Banks finishes the song on the piano.


François Couture reviewed on Allmusic :

"Firth of Fifth" is one of the most solemn Genesis songs with its slow tempo and virtuoso piano introduction. The first line "The way is clear / Although no eyes can see" seemed to embody the entire text: fairly simple, if very mysterious. ... Still, the song became a favorite, especially thanks to Steve Hackett's uplifting guitar solo in the instrumental middle section, arguably one of his best ... "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The Top 10 Genesis Songs From The Peter Gabriel And Phil Collins Eras. November 7, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2019 (American English).
  2. Firth of Fifth | Entertainment | Musical forms. Retrieved December 27, 2019 .
  3. Firth of Fifth - Genesis | Song info. Retrieved December 27, 2019 (American English).