"Broadway Melody of 1974" was written and recorded for the concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It is musically and lyrically linked to the previous song, "Fly on a Windshield," in which a solid dark cloud engulfed Manhattan and Rael with it. As he is being sucked into another dimension (or a parallel universe, if you will), he hears echoes of Broadway's past life and loses consciousness. "Fly on a Windshield" portrayed the "impact" of the wall and ended with an instrumental section led by a guitar theme which in turn introduces "Broadway Melody of 1974." The latter is a clever decrescendo depicting the hero's "fall," bringing things to a soft halt before he regains consciousness in "Cuckoo Cocoon." These songs were never performed separately and appeared live only on a handful of occasions together with "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" after the 1974-1975 tour. There has been tracking problems with CD releases of these songs; the remastered studio version has "Broadway Melody of 1974" starting halfway into the song, and the live version on Genesis Archives, Vol. 1: 1967-1975 is all included in the track "Fly on a Windshield" (only the short solo guitar bridge leading to "Cuckoo Cocoon" is found on the track labeled as "Broadway Melody of 1974"). For the record: the song starts at the moment Peter Gabriel starts singing the line "Echoes of the Broadway Everglades."