Van der Graaf Generator Arrow Lyrics

Godbluff Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Undercover Man
  • 2 Scorched Earth
  • 3 Arrow
  • 4 The Sleepwalkers
  • 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.

    Written by: James Gerard Mcdermott
    Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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