“Vision” by Peter Hammill – “and they shall become one flesh”

I find this song line to be an interesting expression of the reality of “one flesh” found in the Bible, although I have no way of knowing if the writer consciously intended it as such an expression, nor whether he did actually intend the song to be about more than what Soren Kierkegaard called erotic or “poetic love,” namely the biblical forms of covenant love in marriage and/or the love between God and his people which was also described by the “one flesh” metaphor. I know that the song is at the least about “poetic love” and it is a beautiful song. (This is my third post about the song so you can see that I like it!)

“I don’t know where you end, and where it is that I begin…”

from “Vision” by Peter Hammill

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 from the English Standard Version (ESV)

Comments, questions, etc. are always welcomed!

Thank you.

BMC @ Manifest Propensity

“Vision” by Peter Hammill – One of the best love songs you’ve probably never heard

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This is strictly a music post of one of the best love songs that most people have probably never heard. Peter Hammill was the co-founder and singer songwriter of Van Der Graff Generator in 1967. The song “Vision” is a wonderful love song from Peter Hammill’s first solo album in 1971 called Fool’s Mate. Continue reading

“Vision” – by Peter Hammill (On “poetic love” with Soren Kierkegaard & C. S. Lewis)


A simply beautiful and amazing song (video & lyrics are posted below) by Peter Hammill, from an earlier time, way back in 1971. I do not wish to diminish the song (which should become more clear as I proceed) but if we were to analyze what is the factual basis in reality for such love what would that basis be? It would be found to be a moving example of what Soren Kierkegaard called “poetic love.” Continue reading

“Solitude” – A postmodern pastoral “prog-rock” gem from 1971 by Peter Hammill


In about 1974 I purchased a few $1.99 cut-out albums of progressive rock. They were “Pawn Hearts” by Van Der Graff Generator (Peter Hammill’s group) and “Fools Mate” by Peter Hammill. Continue reading