"Exiles" as written by William Scott Bruford, David Francis Cross, Robert Fripp, Jamie Muir, Richard William Palmer James and John Kenneth Wetton....
Now, in this faraway land
Strange, that the palms of my hands
Should be damp with expectancy

Spring, and the air's turning mild
City lights, and the glimpse of a child
Of the alleyway infantry

Friends, do they know what I mean
Rain, and the gathering green
Of an afternoon out-of-town

But Lord I had to go
My trail was laid too slow behind me
To face the call of fame
Or make a drunkard's name for me
Though now this other life
Has brought a different understanding
And from these endless days
Shall come a broader sympathy
And though I count the hours
To be alone's no injury

My home, was a place near the sand
Cliffs, and a military band
Blew and air of normality

Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by mrdeadbob

"Exiles" as written by James Richard William Palmer David Francis Cross

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    General CommentNo one? Anyone else think Fripp's solo on this is just awesome?
    Frances-The-Toolon June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics seem a little off. Amazing song.
    Unsoundon June 22, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation"Larks' Tongues In Aspic" sounds very ancient to me and I feel the the songs are the first five Books of the Bible, with a day of rest (Book of Saturday) thrown in for good measure. So, Exiles the secong song would be Exodus the second Book. Try listening to it that way, Also remember this album came out at the same time as "Dark Side of the Moon." This album is so much more than merely psychedelic, it's transformative and is capable of sending you back thousands of years to the ancient world. "Dark Side" is the modern world.
    kscottson June 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat a fantastic song! How can anyone deem the lyrics "a little off"? Stop the madness. Fripp's solo is sublime and how good is Wetton's delivery of that difficult lyrical package? Wow.
    mrdeadbobon March 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think Unsound was saying that the lyrics as listed are not quite right - there are a few mistakes. Not that the song "is a little off!"

    Awesome song, and even better live on the USA album. The versions of KC with Wetton, Bruford, Fripp and any combination of others are my favorite. I love them all, but this core were fabulous together.
    YesMan1964on March 14, 2014   Link
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    General CommentAnyone on the meaning of it? Who are the exiles and who is representing them.
    1060684108on December 11, 2015   Link
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    MemoryNot quite sure. I never gave the lyrics much thought. Big crimson fan so I heard this song hundreds of times before I pulled out from Dad's nursing home, who was expected to live only a few days longer. Lines of the song made me think of my father. Turns out it was my final goodbye. I said long over due things and thanked him 30 or 40 mintues before. I delayed my departure to wait for my younger sister in the parking log.

    Dad left Scotland,loving the land but went to Canada. He went to Canada in the late 50's to find more opportunity. Not quite an exile - but a journey.

    The song was playing as I pulled out of the parking lot. The line about the military made me think about dad. 40 seconds later my sister called me telling me to return. When I returned, I was informed dad passed away.

    There are lines about a broader sympathy, understanding, counting the hours. To me, that is my dad's final days.

    I am not sure I can listen to this song any longer when driving.
    damberton September 21, 2016   Link

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