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- "It is actually, in a way, an incredibly mundane experience. Not everyone has a heart attack but everyone has something or other, so I'm not remotely special. Just because I write songs doesn't make it a better or worse near-death experience."
- Interview with Mike Barnes, The Wire, March 2007
- Re-awakening isn't easy when you're tired.
Don't push me: I was taught self-expression
when I was a child
- "Re-awakening" on Fool's Mate (1971)
- The streets seemed very crowded, I put on my bravest guise
I know you know that I am acting, I can see it in your eyes.
- "La Rossa" on Still Life by Van der Graaf Generator (1976)
- These words are not enough to save my soul,
they just mock me from the mirror.
- "This side of the Looking-Glass" on Over (1977)
- She's here now, perfume coiled like a thuggee scarf
- "Empress's Clothes" on Sitting Targets (1981)