"Islands" as written by Peter John Sinfield and Robert Fripp....
Earth, stream and tree encircled by sea
Waves sweep the sand from my island.
My sunsets fade.
Field and glade wait only for rain
Grain after grain love erodes my
High weathered walls which fend off the tide
Cradle the wind
To my island.

Gaunt granite climbs where gulls wheel and glide
Mournfully glide o'er my island.
My dawn bride's veil, damp and pale,
Dissolves in the sun.
Love's web is spun, cats prowl, mice run
Wreathe snatch-hand briers where owls know my eyes
Violet skies
Touch my island,
Touch me.

Beneath the wind turned wave
Infinite peace
Islands join hands
'Neathe heaven's sea.

Dark harbor quays like fingers of stone
Hungrily reach from my island.
Clutch sailor's words, pearls and gourds
Are strewn on my shore.
Equal in love, bound in circles.
Earth, stream and tree return to the sea
Waves sweep sand from my island,
From me.

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"Islands" as written by Robert Fripp Peter John Sinfield

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  • +5
    General CommentThe four songs of the album "Islands" are four different depictions or perspectives on love. The first depicts romantic love, the second jealous love, the third playful sexual love, and the last, this one, depicts universal love.

    The first and second verses show a person alone represented by an island surrounded by water. The third verse depicts communications and interactions between that person and others. The chorus indicates that beneath the apparency of separateness, the islands are joined by universal love.
    marcdon February 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwe're all islands...
    floating_eyeon May 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.
    Anilandon May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can see why Peter Sinfield's lyrics often got bashed; he tries too hard to make high poetry instead of verbal accompaniment to the music, which can be distancing & very high faultin' in a song. On the other hand, unlike most lyrics these kind of words can stand on their own without the music. Its when combined with those densley woven jazz fusion tunes KC is know for that they can stick out like a sore thumb
    Hungryforalynchinon July 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPossibly Peter Sinfield's finest lyrical turn.
    The individual and the universal are shown to be connected through ritual, symbolism, myth, nature, language, the arts, but most of all....love.

    Islands is possibly the most divisive and polarizing album in the KC catalog, because the emphasis is more on feel rather than pure technique.
    Never before and never since, would the band visit a place this tranquil and open.
    Somehow, melancholy sits alongside sun flecked innocence, and a darkened sky illuminates a sandy shore.
    Prabbiton October 27, 2015   Link

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