Van der Graaf Generator White Hammer 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
  • In the year 1486 the Malleus first appeared,
    Designed to kill all witchcraft and end the papal fears:
    Prescribing tortures to kill the Black Arts;
    And the Hammer struck hard.

    Malleus Maleficarum slaughtered and tortured
    All those under suspicion, as the Inquisistion ordered
    Burning black hearts and innocents alike,
    Killing the mad;
    Such was the power the Hammer had.

    Though Hexenhammer was intended to slay only evil,
    Fear and anger against magic overspilled:
    They also killed those of the White.

    So for two centuries and more they tried to slay
    Both the Black and the White Arts -
    But spirits override pain.
    For every one that the torture took,
    Two were hid secure,
    And so the craft, yes, it endured.

    Love and hate lived on in the face of fear,
    Hexenhammer's force died,
    And the real power became clear.

    White Hammer no more is beaten;
    Now it begins to beat,
    And the Grey, once oppressor,
    Now, at good hands, faces defeat.
    And the Black, too, shall bow down
    To the power above;
    Black hate beats Grey
    But surpreme is
    The White Hammer of Love.

    Written by: Peter Hammill, Peter Joseph Andrew Hammill
    Lyrics © CARLIN AMERICA INC, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

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