"Three Of A Perfect Pair" as written by Adrian Belew, William Scott Bruford, Robert Fripp and Anthony Charles Levin....
She is susceptible
He is impossible
They have their cross to share
Three of a perfect pair
He has his contradicting views
She has her cyclothymic moods
They make a study in despair
Three of a perfect pair

One, one too many
Schizophrenic tendencies
Keeps it complicated
Keeps it aggravated
And full of this hopelessness
What a perfect mess

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"Three of a Perfect Pair" as written by Anthony Charles Levin Adrian Belew

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    General CommentThe "third" person of this pair is the cross. It's about a couple that have gone crazy with their religion.
    itzedon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI was about to contradict itzed when I paused and thought for a minute, and I believe he is right on. In the Christian faith (and others, I assume) it is intensely stressed that a marriage is a triangle which includes God, who is as significant in the marriage as the other partner. Obviously the lyricist (I'm not sure about this time period, was it Fripp...?) introduces this concept rather sarcastically and critically.

    I first heard this song by the band Between The Buried And Me, although I am an avid Krimso fan. It had a special significance for me at the time because a good friend of mine, who is a lso a fan of KC, and I were trapped in a sort of love triangle with this girl... I always felt like we were three of a perfect pair because any two of us (not is a perverted way) would have made a "perfect pair" and yet we were trying to cram three into that mold. Just some sentimental nostalgia.
    Unsoundon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be about a couple who are both schitzophrenic, and share an alternate personality.
    ed981on October 21, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningHi,

    Such a great song!!! I'm not the most expert fan of KC, but I like it a lot. So, I may be wrong but I think the song, as well as the whole album - homonym -, is based on there being "three sides to every story", representing "He, She, and They".

    I love this song because a friend of mine is a really big fan of KC and once we were listening to it and he said: "that's always been our trouble in our relationship". Meaning that both of us are always in love with each other but at the same time with ourselves.

    So, as always, it can be as much meaning as listeners.

    Banditaon February 11, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningGood job to the previous comments as they do allude to the ultimate meaning. We tend to think with our "rational" individualistic thought filled minds that create our identities that a relationship is about two individuals compromising to make love work. Unfortunately in one way or another we fail to find the true love we think is about to come around the corner and rescue us from all psychotic behavior that comes out in the relationship that turns into aggression, rejection, grasping and clinging. That's from all the fears and desires we try to hide but are the true motivators that started it all.

    So where is the love that conquers all? It's hidden in the three. But who or what is this third wheel that brings balance and makes it possible to move such a heave load forward. All those good and rotten apples we bring to the relationship now heaped together in one cart. Without the third wheel we keep teetering from side to side spilling apples all over the road. Franticly trying to pick them up and put them back in the cart before someone else comes along and grabs them, or we start running over them and stepping on each other’s apples saying there rotten....

    You can call the third wheel God’s truth that can make a pair perfect. That is if they can follow his way above their own way. You can say in Christ or with Buddha nature. Another way to look at it is through the Triyana symbolic representations in Vajrayana Buddhism or yin and yang in Zen/Taoist traditions. Substitute your own religious beliefs here. Just remember it’s only a belief full of imperfections, not the ultimate truth in love that it points to.

    If you want to look at it through mythology or the self then the third is the union of the two individual subconscious’s uniting as one in love. That’ why love can change you so much. It comes from the subconscious which can make things easy for you or difficult if you deny everything it has to tell you about life. The problem is you have to work through your stupid stubborn ego that tells you your right and deserve everything and everybody else’s stupid ego is getting in the way, or....

    False love can be two egos that agree until all that baggage starts to come out. They don’t call it an intimate relationship for nothing. So in the end we all have to work through a lot of stuff with that person we love. Each soul mate pair will have unique challenges, but if they can get through it they will come to see the true reason they were attracted to each other in the first place, three of a perfect pair. Don’t help each other work it out and you will repeat the same mistakes over and over, or you will write great songs about it without realizing what you are writing about. Love can also make you crazy, yes? No, this life you have which prevents you from seeing the love within yourself that wants to unite with whoever that other person is in your life is making you blind deaf and dumb. Just open your eyes and see how crazy this world is without true love.
    Amoghasiddhion September 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI had to log in just to tell you that what you wrote here was really beautiful.
    RobertFrippon July 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI found this explanation "Crimso biographer Sidney Smith posed this question to Robert Fripp, who responded:
    "Dear Sid, Adrian's title. My explanation would be more technical: the progression from dyad to triad, from opposition to reconciliation, from man + woman to family: father - mother - child. The artwork is a reduction from a painting of my essence brother Peter Willis, which is his presentation of a reconciliation of Western & Eastern Christianity. At a very difficult time in my life I was visiting him in Cornwall, and the painting was on the bedroom wall. It spoke to me. The painting is now in Dorset. Front cover has the two elements, representing the male & female principles. The back cover has the third element drawing together & reconciling the preceding opposite terms. In a sense, this is a continuation and development of the Tantric cover art to LTIA which presents the male & female principles. The geometry behind the sun & moon, if you draw it out, is precise and formal. The form behind Peter's painting is more intuitive, rather than prescribed by a tradition. However, Peter's icon painting is defined by the formal prescriptions of that tradition." (ETWiki website)
    elyomyson January 19, 2017   Link
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    General Comment1st comment!!!
    well ive never actually heard this version, but between the buried and me did an amazing cover.
    ralph2869on September 08, 2006   Link

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