why must I be the thief?
why must I be the thief?
oh Lord please won't you tell me
why must I be the thief?

why must I be the thief?
he said/asked to the hanging man
and how come you're the only one
who's lying around and always stares?

why must I be the thief?
he asked to the hanging man
and how come you're the only one
who gives me an open hand
Why must I be the thief?
he cursed and then he frowned 
and the hanging man put out his hand 
and looked behind his eyes

if you climb that cross
to share that other's fate
but the jesus' man said "not now
my brother not now
it's far too late
 far too late
 far too late
 far too late
 far too late
 far too late
 far too late
 far too late"

do what you must 
take what you can
steal the pride from every heart
every hanging man
every hanging man
every hanging man

i am a thief
i am a thief
and you'll be wrong, yes
and you owe me hard
and i'll get you then
yes i do
cause you're cause he's just
a .. just a ..
..  ..

i will get you ..
cause he's just a ..
i will get you ..
cause he's just a ..
version originale
1981, Delay 1968 de Can
premier live

Selon la setist, elle devait être jouée à la fin du concert pour Amnesty International le 10 décembre 1998 à Bercy. Mais à la place, ils ont joué Street Spirit.

pourquoi vous ne l'avez pas jouée à Amnesty ?

we got chicken, and it wasn't really ready. but we will record it. oh yes.

Ils l'ont par contre jouée plusieurs fois lors de la tournée Big Top, à l'automne 2000 (et même le 30 septembre 2001 à Osaka). 9 fois en tout.

La reprise est assez fidèle à l'originale, même mieux, si l'on prend la voix en compte (mais comme d'habitude, nous ne sommes pas très objectifs...).

This is a song by Can, we're gonna do. It's called the Thief. I hope you like it.
Damo Suzuki, chanteur de Can
Hi Richard, I'm living in country and don't know anything about radiohead. [...] No, I'm living in Cologne/Germany. I'm not really interesting to hear any other music except mine But, I try to hear Radiohead when I get next possibilities.
27 décembre 2000, à Richard de Kidaweb

Delay 1968
  1. Butterfly 8.20
  2. Pnoom 0.26
  3. Nineteen Century Man 4.18
  4. Thief 5.03
  5. Man Named Joe 3.54
  6. Uphill 6.41
  7. Little Star Of Bethlehem 7.09
Holger Czukay
guitare, violon
Michael Karoli
Jaki Liebezeit
claviers, chant
Irmin Schmidt
Malcom Mooney
ingénieur du son
Holger Czukay
Holger Czukay

Enregistré à Schloss Noervenich en 1968/1969
Écrit et produit par CAN.

Cet album, sorti en 1981, regroupe les tous premiers enregistrements connus de Can. Le groupe s'est formé en 1968 à Cologne, Allemagne, et s'est dissous en 1978. À noter que Thom a cité un autre album de Can comme influence pour l'écriture de Planet Telex.

Always at least three steps ahead of contemporary popular music, Can was the leading avant-garde rock group of the '70s. From their very beginning, their music didn't conform to any commonly-held notions about rock & roll / not even those of the countercultures. Inspired more by 20th century classical music than Chuck Berry, their closest contemporaries were Frank Zappa or possibly the Velvet Underground. Yet their music was more serious and inaccessible than either of those artists. Instead of recording tight pop songs or satire, Can experimented with noise, synthesizers, nontraditional music, cut-and-paste techniques, and, most importantly, electronic music; each album marked a significant step forward from the previous album, investigating new territories that other rock bands weren't interested in exploring.


Throughout their career, Can's lineup was fluid, featuring several different vocalists over the years; the core band members remained keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, drummer Jaki Leibezeit, guitarist Michael Karoli, and bassist Holger Czukay. During the '70s, they were extremely prolific, recording as many as three albums a year at the height of their career. Apart from a surprise U.K. Top 30 hit in 1978 I Want More they were never much more than a cult band; even critics had a hard time appreciating their music.