add artist photo
Van Der Graaf Generator
Add Explanation
Add Meaning
New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.
Van Der Graaf Generator – The Wave lyrics


The wave hits the beach, writing words on the sand;
To the academic man, this could be the answer....
In fact, it's no more than a hunch.
Still we try to eat it -
I think we're all pretty out to lunch.

The wave is out of reach,
Trailing words from the hand
Only air can understand.
Semaphore on the shoreline,
Waiting for distance to recede, unhappily imperfect
When we should be happy just to breathe.

But with each bated breath,
So present, tense,
We want to know,
We want it sure,
It don't make sense!
So I'll do mine and you do yours
But let's not trade sand and sea
For brick and cement.

The wave hits the beach, laps around abandoned clothes,
Wants to share a joke with those who'll brave the breakers,
Who'll break bread rather than pray
While the definition-maker's
Lost in the small print of the day.
The words are only pictures
That the next wave wipes away.

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.