Van der Graaf Generator - Afterwards Lyrics

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
It was too beautiful
For it to last
These visions shimmer and fade out of
The glass.

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


  • Credits
    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 : 189 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Psychedelic Rock/Prog Rock
    length: 4:53
    producer: John Anthony
    engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin