Using first and third-person narration, “The Lamb” tells the story of Rael, a former gang member and graffiti artist (“Rael Imperial Aerosol Kid”). The album begins with Rael stepping out of the Times Square subway station where he has just tagged his name. As he emerges, a lamb lies down on Broadway, causing a cloud-like “wall of death” to descend on Forty-seventh Street. (In true-to-life fashion, nobody but Rael seems to notice the cloud or the lamb.) The wall pursues Rael north towards Columbus Circle, finally absorbing him. Once in the cloud, Rael sees a hallucinatory procession of images from American history and popular culture: Martin Luther King, Jr., Bing Crosby, Lenny Bruce, J.F.K., and Howard Hughes among them. He blacks out and wakes up in a cave, which he soon realizes is a cage. There is a flash and he sees a network of such cages strung together, like an image from “The Matrix.” Outside Rael’s cage is his brother John, who ignores Rael’s pleas for help and walks away.
Rael pursues John through a series of encounters that can be read as literal or metaphorical—or both. Rael witnesses “the grand parade of lifeless packaging,” finds himself among the “carpet crawlers” who are writhing across the floor towards a door. Later he meets Death himself, “the Supernatural Anaesthetist,” and enters a pool with the Lamias, who eat his flesh. Rael’s journey climaxes at the colony of the Slippermen, where he becomes one of their vile number, his body covered in sores and slimy lumps. The only escape from the colony is through the help of the notorious Doktor Dyper, who removes Rael’s genitals and places them in a tube. The tube is stolen by a bird, which flies away. Pursuing the bird, Rael sees a portal back to New York City, but elects to remain in the cloud when he notices his brother struggling in the rapids of a river. He dives in and saves John only to discover that his brother’s face is his own."