Van der Graaf Generator Refugees Lyrics

The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other 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
  • 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.

    Written by: Peter Hammill, Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill

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