Song Lyric Sunday

As is often the case when Helen Vahdati announces the theme for Song Lyric Sunday, this weeks’ theme — speak — brought a host of songs to mind. My choice out of those is the whimsical “I Talk To The Wind” from King Crimson’s 1969 debut album, In The Court of the Crimson King. Known as a seminal prog rock band, they are also known for their personnel turnover; three of the five original members left during and after their tour in support of their first album. Those first five (Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Michael Rex Giles, Peter John Sinfield, and Robert Fripp) are credited on several internet sites as having written this song. The U.S. Copyright Office, however, shows Ian McDonald and Peter Sinfield as the sole writers.

 

 

“I Talk To The Wind”

Said the straight man to the late man
Where have you been
I’ve been here and I’ve been there
And I’ve been in between

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

I’m on the outside looking inside
What do I see
Much confusion, disillusion
All around me

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

You don’t possess me
Don’t impress me
Just upset my mind
Can’t instruct me or conduct me
Just use up my time

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

Said the straight man to the late man
Where have you been
I’ve been here and I’ve been there and
I’ve been in between

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday

    1. Although ELP played a couple King Crimson pieces (21st Century Schizoid Man and snippets of Epitaph on Tarkus), I don’t believe they ever did this one. So, it’s not too surprising that you’ve never heard this before. Plus, those two King Crimson songs sandwiching this one on the album tends, I think, to shove it way into the background. Now that you’ve heard it, I’m glad you love it!

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