Van der Graaf Generator - Arrow Lyrics

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publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: James Gerard Mcdermott
release date: 1975-10
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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
composer: Peter Hammill
lyricist: Peter Hammill
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

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