PETER HAMMILL : ACCIDENTS [ENTER K, 1982] ON FRANZ KAFKA B-DAY

Μέρα γενεθλίων για τον Franz Kafka [3 Ιουλίου, 1883] και τι πιο ταιριαστό σαν αφιέρωση, από ένα κομμάτι του Peter Hammill με τίτλο “Accidents”; Ο ίδιος ο τίτλος του άλμπουμ, Enter K, είναι μια αναφορά στον μέγα λογοτέχνη.

Franz Kafka was born on this date, July 3, 1883. And what would be more appropriate as a dedication than a Peter Hammill song called “Accidents”? The very title of the album [Enter K], is a reference to the great writer.

This meeting is a coincidence
Which deserves a second look:
We’ve seen the chapter of accidents
Become the longest in the book.
I see your face in the picture for better or worse,
All power to the accident!Oh, the sweetest is the one I’m holding in my arms
And the fleetest is the one who survives
But the meetest is the one who’s running on the spot
Where the accident’s about to arrive.
I know my place on the planet, chapter and verse,
All part of the accident.I know my place in the story, a line of blank verse,
A part of the accident.No system worth its salt
Lays all its cards upon the table;
No discipline of thought
Will render me more able
To buck those random throws.This meeting is a coincidence
Which deserves a second look –
We’ve seen the chapter of accidents,
It’s the longest in the book.
Oh, the sweetest is the one I’m holding in my arms
And the fleetest is the one who survives
But the meetest is the one who’s running on the spot
Where the accident’s about to arrive…
(The accidental, the accident!)Your face in the picture for better or worse,
All power to the accident!
I know my place on the planet, chapter and verse,
All part of the accident.
I know my place in the story, a line of blank verse,
A part of the accident.
I see your face in the picture for better or worse,
All power to the accident,
All power to the accident!

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  1. Resa July 5, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Enter K… I had no idea! I think I heard this before, but wouldn’t swear to it. I could say a fusion of Ozzy and Zappa…. throw in some Procol Harem.
    Anyway, being shallow, I would never in a million years expect this heavy music to come out of a person who looked like this picture you have here, of Peter Hammill.

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    1. Oannes July 5, 2020 at 9:28 am

      He’s one of the greatest singer/songwriters of his generation, and an “idol” of mine, if I can use the expression. As for the contrast between his looks and the way he sounds, you should hear some other things he’s done!!! [I’m gonna put plenty of stuff in the future]. What I’m trying to say is that, this is an “easy one”. Thank you!

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      1. Resa July 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm

        Thank you, too!

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