Van Der Graaf Generator – Childlike Faith In Childhoods End chords

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Van der Graaf Generator - Childlike Faith in Childhood's End
from the album Still Life (1976).
Transcribed by Cory (, 2010

[g c d c b d c b] F#dim G#dimExistence is a stage on which we pass,
[g# a b c b a b] Da sleepwalk trick for mind and heart;
D G Fit's hopeless, I know, but onward I must go
F Eand try to make a start seeing something more
E Dthan day to day survival, chased by final death.
G Fif I believed this the sum of the life to which we've come,
EmI wouldn't waste my breath.
Am Somehow, there must be more.
Bm G
C Csus C E There was a time when more was felt than known
D but now, entrenched inside my sett,
G Fin light more mundane, thought rattles round my brain:
Emwe live, we die...and yet?
Riff 1: D C D C D C E C D C A --------------------------------|--------------------------------|--7-5---7-5---7-5-9--5--7-5-2---|--7-5---7-5---7-5-9--5--7-5-2---|--5-3---5-3---5-3-7--3--5-3-0---|--------------------------------|
Riff 1 In the beginning there was order and destiny but now that path has reached the border and on our knees is no way to face the future, whatever it be.
Am G FThough the forces which hold us in place
Am G Flast through eons in unruffled grace
F Ewe, too, wear the face of creation.
Riff 1 As anti-matter sucks and pulses periodically the bud unfolds, the bloom is dead, all space is living history. It seems as though time must betray us yet we're alive and though I see no God to save us, yet we survive
Dm A7 through the centuries of progress
Dm Bbwhich don't get us very far.
A7 Dm A7All illusion! All is bogus...
Dm Bb Gm Awe don't yet know what we are.
Riff 1 Laughing, hoping, praying, joking, Son of Man, with lowered eyes but lifting hearts, we're grains of sand and though, in time, the sea may claim us for its own we are the rocks which root the future - on us it grows!
Dm A7We might not be there to share it
Dm Bb A7 Dm A7 if eternity's a jest but I think that I can bear it
Dm Bb Gm Aif the next life is the best.
(riff 1 with solo's) 4:17 | C# | F# | C# | F# | | F | Bb | C | F
G Am G F Even if there is a heaven when we die,
Am G Fendless bliss would be as meaningless as the lie
Am G that always comes as answer to the question
F E7"Why do we see through the eyes of creation?"
Bm D F#sus F#m [d e] Bsus [d c] Asus
Bm F#mAdrift without a course,
[d e] Bsus Bmit's very lonely here,
Asusour only conjecture
A Bm F#mwhat lies behind the dark.
F#m EmStill, I find I can cling to a lifeline,
Bm Esus Emthink of a lifetime which means more than my own one,
Esus Em Bm7 Bmdreams of a grander thing than we are.
[C# d] F#m EmTime and Space hang heavy on my shoulders...
Bm [g a] E7suswhen all life is over who can say
Em Bsus B Eno mutated force shall remain?
E B7 F#m B7 Though the towers of the city
E B7 F#m B7are denied to we men of clay
E B7 F#m B7 F#m G#7still we know we shall scale the heights some day.
G#7 (E) Frightened in the silence, frightened, but
A E/G# E B thinking ve - ry hard,
E B7 F#m B7 Elet us make computations of the stars.
E B E [Instrumental section] Riff 1 Older, wiser, sadder, blinder, watch us run: faster, longer, harder, stronger, now it comes... colour blisters, image splinters gravitate towards the centre, in final splendour disintegrate.
Dm A7The universe now beckons
Dm Bb and Man, too, must take His place;
A7 Dm A7 just a few last fleeting seconds
Dm Bb Gm Ato wander in the waste,
Am G Fand the children who were ourselves move on,
Am G Freincarnation stills its now perfected song,
Am G F Bsus Band at last we are free of the bonds of creation.
E B E BAll the jokers and gaolers, all the junkies and slavers too,
E B G#7all the throng who have danced a merry tune...
G#7 E A E/G# E B human we can all be, but Humanity we must rise above,
E B Ein the name of all faith and hope and love.
E B E B There's a time for all pilgrims, and a time for the fakers too,
E B G#7there's a time when we all will stand alone and nude,
G#7 E A E/G# E Bnaked to the galaxies...naked, but clothed in the overview:
E B Eas we reach Childhood's End we start anew.
E B And though dark is the highway,
E Band the peak's distance breaks my heart,
E B G#7for I never shall see it, still I play my part,
Ebelieving that what waits for us
A E/G# E Bis the cosmos compared to the dust of the past.
E B E In the death of mere Humans Life shall start!
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