Masks Lyrics

Van der Graaf Generator


publisher: ©OBO APRA/AMCOS
album: Track 1 in album World Record
release date: 1976-10
popularity : 125 users have visited this page.
length: 7:02
engineer: Pat Moran
instrument: David Jackson, Peter Hammill, Guy Evans, Hugh Banton
producer: Van der Graaf Generator
vocal: Peter Hammill
writer: Peter Hammill

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(Hammill)

He's a man of the past and one of the present,
a man who hides behind a mask behind a mask;
a clown, a fool, believing it cool to be down
or that the game is all about who laughs the last.

So he tells all his problems to his friends and relations,
exposes his neuroses to their view.
They accept as fact every masochistic mumble of his act--
how could they know what was false and what was true?

Sometimes when he wakes
he feels he's walked into a dream
but all it takes
to remind him things are what they seem
is the belief that the man behind the mask can really dance

Pirouetting smile
he sees himself cavorting,
Pierrot for a while
before aborting
to find relief in the shelter of the dark, most telling mask.

After all the pantomimes are ended
he peels all the make-up off his face
to reveal, beneath, the tears running all down his cheeks:
alone, he opens to the world...but it's much too late.
He's been left, in the end, without a face.

Track Listing

  • 1 When She Comes
  • 2 A Place to Survive
  • 3 Masks
  • 4 Meurglys III, the Songwriter's Guild
  • 5 Wondering