VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR: MAN-ERG [PAWN HEARTS, 1971]

Οι Van Der Graaf Generator, το συγκρότημα του Peter Hammill, είναι, μαζί με τους Genesis των ’70s, ό,τι πιο συναρπαστικό και ενδιαφέρον έχω ακούσει από τον χώρο του [με την ευρεία έννοια] ροκ. Το Pawn Hearts είναι το αριστούργημά τους…

Van Der Graaf Generator, Peter Hammill‘ s band, is, together with Genesis – ’70s era, the most multifaceted and exciting thing I ‘ve heard from the rock [in the broad sense] idiom. Pawn Hearts is their masterpiece…

Peter Hammill – voice, guitar, piano, Hugh Banton – keyboards, David Jackson – saxes & flute, Guy Evans: drums. Guest: Robert Fripp – guitar

The killer lives inside me: I can feel him move.
Sometimes he’s lightly sleeping in the quiet of his room,
But then his eyes will rise and stare through mine,
He’ll speak my words and slice my mind inside.The killer lives.The angels live inside me: I can feel them smile,
Their presence strokes and soothes the tempest in my mind
And their love can heal the wounds that I have wrought.
They watch me as I go to fall, well, I know I shall be caught,For the angels live.How can I be free?
How can I get help?
Am I really me?
Am I someone else?But stalking in my cloisters hang the acolytes of gloom
And Death’s Head throws his cloak onto the corner of my room and I am doomed,
But laughing in my courtyard play the pranksters of my youth
And solemn, waiting Old Man in the gables of the roof, he tells me truthAnd I, too, live inside me and very often don’t know who I am,
I know, I’m not a hero, I hope that I’m not damned
I’m just a man, and killers, angels, all are these,
Dictators, saviors, refugees
In war and peace
As long as Man livesI’m just a man, and killers, angels, all are these,
Dictators, saviors, refugees

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