Lemmings (Including Cog)

Van der Graaf Generator


writers: Peter Hammill
album: Track 1 in album Pawn Hearts
release date: 1971-10
popularity : 55 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Art Rock/Psychedelic Rock/Prog Rock
length: 11:40
producer: John Anthony
performer: Guy Evans, David Jackson, Peter Hammill and Hugh Banton
engineer: Ken Scott, Robin Geoffrey Cable and David Hentschel
arranger: Van der Graaf Generator
writer: Peter Hammill

Album Information

label: Charisma
country(area): United Kingdom
format: 12" Vinyl
script: Latin

Cover Art

Van der Graaf Generator Pawn Hearts cover art


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I stood alone upon the highest cliff-top
Were those that I would dearly love to share with
I tried to ask what game this was
The voice, as one, as no-one, came to me...
'We have looked upon the heroes
We have looked hard across the land
We have now dared to sear the sky
We are drawing near to the cliffs
The clouds are piled in mountain-shapes
Don't ask us for an answer now
What course is there left but to die?
We have looked upon the high Kings
Their names are dust before the just
Minds stumbling strong, we hurtle on
No-one can halt our final vault
And as the Elders beat their brows
For if the sky is seeded death
What cause is there left but to die

What cause is there left but to die?
I really don't know why...
I know our ends may be soon
Time may finally prove
No life lies in the quicksand
Yes I know it's
Greasy machinery slides on the rails
Cogs tearing bones, cogs tearing bones
Mind and machinery box-press the dreams
But there still is time...
Cowards are they who run today
No war with knives, fight with our lives
Death offers no hope, we must grope
Unite our blood, abate the flood
There's other ways than screaming in the mob
Look to the why and where we are
What choice is there left but to live
Our children's children's little ones?
What choice is there but to live?
What choice is there but to live?


Track Listing

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Lemmings (Including Cog)
  • 2 Man-Erg
  • 3 A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers: A) Eyewitness - B) Pictures/Lighthouse - C) Eyewitness - D) S.H.M. - E) Presence of the Light - F) Kosmos Tours - G) (Custard's) Last Stand - H) The Clot Thickens - I) Lands End (Sineline) - J) We Go Now