"Cirkus" as written by Peter John Sinfield and Robert Fripp....
Night: her sable dome scattered with diamonds,
Fused my dust from a light year,
Squeezed me to her breast, sowed me with carbon,
Strung my warp across time.
Gave me each horse, sunrise and graveyard,
Told me only I was her;
Bid ne face the east closed me in questions
Built the sky for my dawn

Cleaned my feet of mud, followed the empty
Zebra ride to the Cirkus,
Past a painted cage, spoke to the paybox
Glove which wrote on my tongue
Pushed me down a slide to the arena,
Megaphonium fanfare
In his cloak of words strode the ringmaster
Bid me join the parade

"Worship!" cried the clown. "I'm a T.V.
Making bandsmen go clockwork,
See the slinky seal Cirkus policeman,
Bareback ladies have fish."
Strongmen by his feet, plate-spinning statesman,
Accrobatically juggling
Bids his tamers go quiet the tumblers
Lest the mirror stop turning

Elephants forgot, force-fed on stale chalk,
Ate the floors of their cages.
Strongmen lost their hair, paybox collapsed and
Lions sharpened their teeth.
Gloves raced round the ring, stallions stampeded
Pandemonium seesaw
I ran for the door, ringmaster shouted,
"All the fun of the Cirkus!"

Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by GordianPiusIII

"Cirkus" as written by Robert Fripp Peter John Sinfield

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  • +4
    General CommentI think that its a metaphor for a world gone rotten. Its told from two perspectives, that of the human, who gets sucked in and becomes a part of the circus, and that of some sort of "mother nature"-like character. The song narrates how this circus comes to town and in all of its extravagance and wonder nobody notices the obscenity of it and how its destroying everything natural until it collapses in on itself. Could relate to drugs or america, dunno, thats my take.
    scrutorumcaputon August 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has the most awsome rhymes/lyrics of any song i know
    Iasonon June 08, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgreed!

    Worship! cried the clown I am a TV making bandsmen go clockwork...
    Unsoundon May 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm prettyu sure this song has many metaphors heh,
    to me, the music sounds quite intense. just a thought...

    but on the whole, amazing song!!
    TooL88on October 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow this is one of my favourite KC songs. so many parts to it. the sax solo is so smooth its amazing.
    manch0won December 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA masterpiece!
    jupiterislandon December 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSomething to do with the world/media/society being a stage? A sideshow etc..

    Whatever the case, it is more than my feeble mind can conceive. I am unworthy of the genius that is KC.
    trollinaspicon January 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWouldn't it be nice if you write the songmeaning of the song???
    Ivancho89on July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningA nightmare about being trapped in an evil circus.
    washburn647on August 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLucifer is "arrayed like diamonds in the sky" and given power over time to warp it and change the times and to eventually effect the dividing of time. He is given a "sunrise" for he is a morning star whose name means morningstar. He is given a horse for he is the first horseman. He is given a graveyard for he shall surely die. He is set to face the east because from west to east he proceeds. He travels closed in questions, cloaked in words because he understands dark sentences. He IS the ringmaster (see: the works of "Insane Clown Posse", and Robert Anton Wilson's "Wilhelm Reich In Hell") He is the Crimson King. This is his Cirkus!
    MisterFrogon November 21, 2009   Link

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