Refugees Lyrics

Van der Graaf Generator


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC , CARLIN AMERICA INC
writers: Peter Hammill, Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill
album: Track 2 in album The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other
release date: 1970-2
popularity : 119 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Art Rock/Prog Rock
length: 6:23
producer: John Anthony
composer: Peter Hammill
lyricist: Peter Hammill

Cover Art

Van der Graaf Generator The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other cover art
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North was somewhere years ago and cold:
Ice locked the people's hearts and made them old.
South was birth to pleasant lands, but dry:
I walked the waters' depths and played my mind.
East was dawn, coming alive in the golden sun:
The winds came, gently, several heads became one
In the summertime, though August people sneered;
We were at peace, and we cheered.

We walked alone, sometimes hand in hand,
Between the thin lines marking sea and sand;
Smiling very peacefully,
We began to notice that we could be free,
And we moved together to the West.

West is where all days will someday end;
Where the colours turn from grey to gold,
And you can be with the friends.
And light flakes the golden clouds above all;
West is Mike and Susie,
West is where I love.

There we shall spend our final days of our lives;
Tell the same old stories: yeah well,
At least we tried.
Into the West, smiles on our faces, we'll go;
Oh, yes, and our apologies to those
Who'll never really know the way.

We're refugees, walking away from the life
That we've known and loved;
Nothing to do or say, nowhere to stay;
Now we are alone.
We're refugees, carrying all we own
In brown bags, tied up with string;
Nothing to think, it doesn't mean a thing,
But we'll be happy on our own.
West is Mike and Susie;
West is where I love,
West is refugees' home.


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Darkness (11/11)
  • 2 Refugees
  • 3 White Hammer
  • 4 Whatever Would Robert Have Said?
  • 5 Out of My Book
  • 6 After the Flood