Van der Graaf Generator - Arrow Lyrics

Van der Graaf Generator Godbluff cover art
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Stub towers in the distance, riders the blasted moor
Against the horizon
Fickle promises of treaty, fatal harbingers of war,
Futile horizons
Swirl as one in this flight, this mad chase,
This surge across the marshy mud landscape
Until the meaning is forgotten.
Hood masks the eager face, skin stretched
And sallow,
Headlong into the chilling night, as swift
As any arrow.

Feet against the flagstones, fingers scrabbling
At the lock,
Craving protection.
'Sanctuary!' croaks a voice,
Half-strangled by the shock
Of its rejection.
Shot the bolt in the wall, rusted the key;
Now the echoes of all frightfull memory
Intrude in the silence.
What a crawl against the slope
Dark loom the gallows
One touch to the chapel door,
How swiftly comes the arrow.

"Compassion" you plead, as though
They kept it in a box
That's long since been empty.
I'd like to help you somehow,
But I'm in the self-same spot:
My condition exempts me.
We are all on the run on our knees;
The sundial draws a line upon eternity
Across every number.
How long the time seems, how dark the shadow,
How straight the eagle flies,
How straight towards his arrow.
How long the night is
Why is this passage so narrow?
How strange my body feels,
Impaled upon the arrow.
Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Undercover Man
  • 2 Scorched Earth
  • 3 Arrow
  • 4 The Sleepwalkers


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: James Gerard Mcdermott
    album: Track 3 in album Godbluff
    release date: 1975-10
    popularity : 151 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Prog Rock/Art Rock
    length: 9:46
    producer: Van der Graaf Generator
    drums: Guy Evans
    piano: Peter Hammill
    lead vocals: Peter Hammill
    engineer: Pat Moran
    bass: Hugh Banton
    flute: David Jackson
    organ: Hugh Banton
    guitar: Peter Hammill
    percussion: Guy Evans
    saxophone: David Jackson
    writer: Peter Hammill
    Album Information
    label: Charisma
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin