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Me and Virgil

(Tony Banks/Phil Collins/Mike Rutherford)

Genesis recordings
(Charisma CB GEN 1, 33rpm mono/stereo)( UK EP PS)

This is the B-side of the 1982 Genesis 3×3 EP which reached No.10 in the UK Originally it had the working title “Chunky” and started out as a much heavier guitar showcase.  The liner notes of the EP explain the song as “It became a bit like the old West.  Lyrically that’s every easy to write for.  Basically it’s about life on a farm in the Midwest in the 1880s.  When mother dies, the rest spread their wings and leave the homestead”.  It is said that this song does not appear on an album due to the personal dislike of the song

* “Paperlate”, “You Might Recall” and “Me and Virgil” are the tracks on the Genesis 3×3 EP which had been left off the Abacab album, as it was felt they didn’t fit.  It reached No.10 in the UK.  The sleeve of it was designed to resemble The Beatles Twist and Shout EP.


  1. Genesis 3×3 EP cover notes.