Peter Hammill:The Unconscious Life

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“The Unconscious Life”
Artist: Peter Hammill
Albums: Enter K (1982)
The Essential Collection (1986)

I'm in command
I'm in control
I am the captain of my soul
Still I'm uncertain in one major role
Oh I drift through the unconscious life
Shift through the unconscious life
Lift up my unconscious eyes

Beyond all normal pain and pleasure
We should treasure
The unconscious life

We've got our reasons
For most things we do
We could surely rationalise them through
A false ring of confidence
Would characterise us true
Oh we're deep in the unconscious life
Asleep in the unconscious life
Peeping through unconscious eyes

Beyond all normal pain and pleasure
Oh we should treasure
Treasure the unconscious
Treasure the unconscious life

Something makes me nervous
Something makes me twitch
Something makes me scratch that Pavlovian itch
(Wonder what that is now?)
Someone that I barely know must unpick the stitch
To unravel the unconscious life
Travel the unconscious life
Gather the unconscious eye
Far from shedding light on any motive
The candle is votive
When it burns at both ends

I'm not in command
I'm out of control
I am the Ship's Boy of my soul

Oh we drift through the unconscious life
Shift through the unconscious life
Live through the unconscious life