King Crimson

This song is never wrong. I can listen to it so many times… The lyrics are so well written.

King Crimson, founded by Robert Fripp (guitar) and Michael Giles (drummer) was among the first bands using distorted vocals in their music. Not only was their 21st Century Schizoid Man a musical revolution, but their first and second albums formed the grunge genre as well as being a great inspiration to the pioneers of mellotron rock and heavy metal. In addition, they also implemented active improvisation as a major musical element.

The band’s line-up has fluctuated chaotically ever since the 70’s, and the band has split up and reunited four times. King Crimson has had 18 musicians pass through its ranks as full band members. Many others have collaborated with the band at various points in lyric-writing, the studio and in live performance. Most of the musicians who have been members of King Crimson had notable musical careers outside the band, to the extent that it has been calculated that there are over a thousand releases on which members and former members of King Crimson appear. To this band I only express love and inspiration.

“The wall on which the prophets wrote
Is cracking at the seams.
Upon the instruments of death
The sunlight brightly gleams.
When every man is torn apart
With nightmares and with dreams,
Will no one lay the laurel wreath
As silence drowns the screams.

Between the iron gates of fate,
The seeds of time were sown,
And watered by the deeds of those
Who know and who are known;
Knowledge is a deadly friend
When no one sets the rules.
The fate of all mankind I see
Is in the hands of fools.

Confusion will be my epitaph.
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back
and laugh.
But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying…”


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