add artist photo
Peter Hammill
Add Explanation
Add Meaning
Peter Hammill

Not For Keith lyrics

New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.
Peter Hammill – Not For Keith lyrics

In Germany, his days finally caught him;
I won't insult his memory with long-distance grief.
Tears and wakes weren't his style: not him,
Not for Keith.
He'd have laughed in my face if he saw it get mournful,
He'd pull me up short and say "Life carries on"
In that gentle way of being cruelly scornful...
Now he's gone.
"I want to see it all, and eat it"
Was as close to ethos as he came;
Though he knew he couldn't beat it,
He never gave of himself anything less than best
In the game.
Oh, one of the game...
I never did say, I never quite found time:
He taught me a lot, and I carry it still.
Never thanked him at all for his friendship
And now I never will.
The diaries we write are those that we crave for,
We never put the P. S. At the foot of the final page.
He deserved more time, but he never was made for
Middle age,
Not for middle age.
Not for Keith

Lyrics taken from

  • Email
  • Correct


      Write about your feelings and thoughts

      Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
      Min 50 words
      Not bad
      This page is missing some information about the song. Please expand it to include this information. You can help by uploading artist's image, adding song structure elements, writing song meaning or creating lyrics explanation.