"in the wake of poseidon" as written by Peter John Sinfield and Robert Fripp....
Plato's spawn cold ivyed eyes
Snare truth in bone and globe
Harlequins coin pointless games
Sneer jokes in parrot's robe
Two women weep, dame Scarlet screen
Sheds sudden theater rain,
Whilst dark in dream the midnight queen
Knows every human pain

In air, fire, earth and water
World on the scales
Air, fire, earth and water
Balance of change
World on the scales
On the scales

Bishop's kings spin judgment's blade
Scratch "faith" on nameless graves
Harvest hags hoard ash and sand
Rack rope and chain for slaves
Who fireside fear fermented words
Then rear to spoil the feast
Whilst in the aisle the mad man smiles
To him it matters least

Heroes hands drain stones for blood
To whet the scaling knife
Magi blind with visions light
Net death in dread of life
Their children kneel in jesus till
They learn the price of nail,
Whilst all around our mother earth
Waits balanced on the scales


Lyrics submitted by RedRaven, edited by chhaprahiya

"In the Wake of Poseidon [Including Libra's Theme]" as written by Robert Fripp Peter John Sinfield

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    General CommentTo understand the lyrics better you have to look at the album's cover, which is the painting of Tammo De Jongh called "The 12 Archetypes" or "The 12 faces of humankind". The characters described in the lyrics are generally those that appear in the painting.
    kkk89on October 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful.
    Songmeaningsuseron June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful.
    Songmeaningsuseron June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentUpon first listening to the song, it sounds like a mixture of 'Epitath' and 'In The Court Of The Crimson King'...with stronger similarities to Epitath.
    Deathsdoor99on January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother great King Crimson song! I agree with deathsdoor99 - it does sound like a hybrid of those two songs. This song carries with it the same Old English usage and Middle Ages setting as "The Court of the Crimson King."
    I believe this song is about figures of authority's monopoly on truth, and how they may become convinced of worldly experience they don't actually have (one women cries at a theater, another during a bad dream). The obvious sarcasm of these lyrics imply that this imagined empathy is no substitute for allowing the oppressed to speak out.
    laxnsun13on June 07, 2008   Link

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