Van der Graaf Generator Octopus Lyrics

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I want to paint you poems full of fire,
You who I do not know.

Now my mind is tested with love which
Twists and wavers from side to side and which
Some day soon you may see...
I want you to cascade through ten thousand

Rainbows with me and dredge mountains
From the sea:
You who I now begin to know. But emotion is pent up inside,
Too scared of dying again to live,

And meanwhile I must endure your
Red-copper hair screaming like a
Water-baby black eyes stare
From my ceiling:
You who I now truly know...

Now I cannot see too clearly
And already my trellis stands bare...
How can I break free of these over clinging
Arms which entwine and enfold me?... And reach

To the clear blue sea?
I want you to know, but how can I
Tell you? I want you to see
But my own eyes are blind...

The Octopus now enfolds me,
I know you too well...
The Aerosol Grey Machine 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


  • Written by: Peter Hammill, Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill
    Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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