"One More Red Nightmare" as written by Robert Fripp, William Scott Bruford and John Kenneth Wetton....
Pan American nightmare
Ten thousand feet fun-fair
Convinced that I don't care
It's safe as houses I swear
I was just sitting musing

The virtues of cruising
When altitude dropping
My ears started popping
One more red nightmare

Sweat beginning to pour down
My neck as I turn round
I heard fortune shouting
Just get off of this outing

A farewell swan song
See you know how turbulence can be
The stewardess made me
One more red nightmare

Reality stirred me
My angel had heard me
The prayer had been answered
A reprieve has been granted

The dream was now broken
Thought rudely awoken
Really safe and sound
Asleep on the Greyhound
One more red nightmare

Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by VinnyA

"One More Red Nightmare" as written by Robert Fripp John Kenneth Wetton

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  • +1
    General CommentNo comments? This rocks harder than anything should have in the 70s.
    emo_bahon December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anyone know the lyrics to the omitted bit?
    it says *see note* but i see no note.
    sable Jesteron June 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsable Jester: "The stewardess made me, but the captain forbade me, One more red nightmare..."

    Also, I'm really loving this song, and I agree with floating eye in that the "red" doesn't need to be taken literally, and does give emphasis to the nightmarishness and horror of the situation.
    tempus_rimebloodon July 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just bought some random King Crimson CD's after a recomendation and I am now a huge fan. They definitely rock hard... not exactly sure what this song refers to but the lyrics still make sense.
    congergationon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems fairly obvious on a literal level: a dream-nightmare really- about cruising in an airplane when it loses control and begins a deadly descent. (Pan American, ears popping, turbulence, stewardess, etc.)
    Then he wakes up in the relative safety of a greyhound

    kickass solo too
    floating_eyeon March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUntil I read the lyrics (I never really listened closely to them although I know the song well) I thought this was about American 1950s communist paranoia, (hence the "Red") but it seems far less inspired and much more obvious now that I read the lyrics. Oh well.
    Caledonon May 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't think red needs to be interpreted literally, the color red usually implies danger, power (as in an explosive crash), etc. It reinforces and further defines the 'nightmarishness'
    floating_eyeon June 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy guess behind the word 'red' is that this song is a sort of reprise on Red as they both have a maj7b5 pattern, and I think it's probably nothing more than that.
    brianbaillargeonon June 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hardly think this has to do with communist paranoia...

    I think the lyrics, alike many other King Crimson songs such as 21st Century Schizoid Man, are carefully chosen to represent imagery. Each phrase gives you a different nighmarish, scary scenario, fitting the overall creepy tone of the melody.
    MagicMannon June 28, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't understand what he means by "A farewell swan song"
    alfeizaron March 09, 2014   Link

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