"King In Crimson" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Roger Ramirez....
In the darkness, the raven's head
In the courtyard clothed in fear
I see gates that are opening
There's only one way out of here

Daylight has come
The night has come

See his twisted sons and daughters
Writhing slowly in Satan's mire
If you only could see the visions
The trembling world I now despise

As the veil reveals the outer darkness
I am sucked into the walls of flame

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise awake

The King in Crimson, crimson comes
He knows the weakness that you can't fight
The stone of night that weighs you down
If only you could see the visions
His hand is death if you take it now

As you scream into the web of silence
There is nothing that can save you now

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson, crimson comes
As you scream into the web of silence
There is nothing that can save you now

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson comes

Arise, awake

The King in Crimson, crimson comes

To your window he comes

At your window I come


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"King in Crimson" as written by Roger Ramirez Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentThis song clearly says "Satan is bad. Don't follow him or listen to him, or it will be too late when you're in trouble."
    Turbo Speedon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf that's true. Brucey sucks at the English.

    "See his twisted sons and daughters
    Writhing slowly in Satan's mire "
    Kaine_lawlesson April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe name "King in Crimson" is a loose synonym for Beelzebub, a derivation of the hebrew word "Ba'al-z'bub" meaning "Lord of the flies". In any case, it is referring to Satan, but not necessarily saying that Satan is bad, stay away from him. It's more likely saying Satan is all powerful, but evil nonetheless. The "Sons and daughters" part, I'm not quite sure of. And that's my analysis of this song.
    im_a_pirateon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeelzebub is a separate entity from Satan, depending on your references. But still, the example Kaine_lawless pointed out is actually a pretty weak one because it can still make grammatical sense.
    FreeFragSGSon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"See his twisted sons and daughters" comes before the reference to the King in Crimson, so while it could be referring to those of the King in Crimson, it could just as well be referring to the sons and daughters of man or God or about anything else. Going off of "The trembling world I now despise" in context with the rest of that verse it is easy to derive the same conclusion that Turbo came to, he once was drawn to this power however now hates it. The rest seems to be describing Hell and the power the King in Crimson has over everyone there.
    Rebbal Aceon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlthough all the references to satan seem to be the clear focus of the song (which it could very well be) I belive the song to be about a character from stephen kings novel series the dark tower named the crimson king. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… This character has a resemblence to satan in his apearence and demeanor. Thus it is hard to decide which of the two it could be.
    tempestjonnyon December 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI came to read the lyrics to determine whether the song was based on The Dark Tower or not, and I have to conclude that it was not. There's nothing that would indicate any relation to the Stephen King series other than title of the song, which is a vague association. As someone else pointed out the album is at least partly based on William Blake's poetry, where King's original basis for The Dark Tower came from a poem by Robert Browning.
    Mesa XIon March 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI thought I heard somewhere that this song was about fear.

    I love Bruce's writing though! Starting with the crow (I assume to signify death) and moves into the courtyard, it sounds like a prisoner is being sent to the guillotine. The veil or hood is put on and the stone that sends him to Hell is brought down.

    "As you scream into the web of silence / There is nothing that can save you now" Strikes me as being the most powerful line. There is such heavy imagery communicated there.

    And then the ending where the same crow who witnessed the killing comes to your window... great song!
    PastaSauceSukson June 11, 2017   Link

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