Afterwards Lyrics

Van der Graaf Generator


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Peter Hammill, Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill
album: Track 1 in album The Aerosol Grey Machine
release date: 1969-9
popularity : 82 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Psychedelic Rock/Prog Rock
length: 4:53
producer: John Anthony
engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
composer: Peter Hammill
lyricist: Peter Hammill

Album Information

label: Mercury Records
country(area): United States
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Van der Graaf Generator The Aerosol Grey Machine cover art


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You stare out in yellow eyes larger than my mind;
In viscous pools of joy, relaxing, we glide
It's all too beautiful
For my mind to bear.
And, as we shimmer into sleep, something's unshared.

But, seeing the flower that was there yesterday,
A tear forms just behind the soft peace of your shades
The world's too lonely
For a message to slip
But between the dying rails of peace
You trip.

The petals that were blooming are just paper in your hand;
Your eyes, which were clear in the night, are opaque as you stand


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Afterwards
  • 2 Orthentian St., Part I
  • 3 Orthentian St., Part II
  • 4 Running Back
  • 5 Into a Game
  • 6 Aerosol Grey Machine
  • 7 Black Smoke Yen
  • 8 Aquarian
  • 9 Necromancer
  • 10 Octopus