a place to survive lyrics – van der graaf generator


it’s easy to say, when you’re so down,
that everything’s pointless;
your eyes burn, your ears howl,
your limbs are disjointed.
barren fields, the barren earth, never more will it flower.
rub your face and your hands in the dirt:
now is the hour!
so stand straight, looking over your shoulder;
walk on, though you fear to arrive;
don’t wait till you know that it’s over,
be strong – it’s your place to survive.

while the holocaust rages around you,
be the eye of the storm;
though the extent of disaster astounds you,
forearmed is forewarned.
you may have p*ssed time in happier ways,
but there are other mountains to climb:
you’ve never lived as you’re living today –
now is the time!
stand straight, though your back breaks from trying,
walk on – even now you must strive.
don’t wait – while you’re waiting, you’re dying;
be strong, it’s your place to survive.

the universe is doubtless
unfolding just exactly as it should
and these dreams of remorse or foreboding
just won’t do you any good.
the joy, the p*ssion, possessions you own,
the bitterness and the pain,

the end of everything you’ve ever known…
all these are ordained.
stand straight looking into the future,
walk on – we’ve each got our own lives.
don’t wait for a guru or tutor,
be strong – it’s your place to survive.
stand straight, looking over your shoulder,
walk on: though it hurts, you’re alive.
don’t wait… if you wait it’s all over;
be strong – it’s your right to survive.

/ van der graaf generator lyrics