"cadence and cascade" as written by Peter John Sinfield and Robert Fripp....
Cadence and Cascade
Kept a man named Jade
Cool in the shade
While his audience played

Purred, whispered "Spend us too
We only serve for you"

Sliding mystified
On the wine of the tide
Stared pale-eyed
As his veil fell aside

Sad paper courtesan
They found him just a man

Caravan Hotel
Where the sequin spell fell
Custom of the game
Cadence oiled in love
Licked his velvet gloved hand
Cascade kissed his name

Sad paper courtesan
They knew him just a man

Cadence and Cascade
Cadence and Cascade

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"Cadence and Cascade" as written by Robert Fripp Peter John Sinfield

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    Song MeaningThis is about Sinfield on tour with King Crimson. The band plays and Pete, being the non-performaing member of the troupe, has the opportunity for a visit with a couple of Ladies of the Road. They find him just a man.
    Really - that's what it's about.
    charles108on August 13, 2014   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful imagery, somewhat dense.

    it seems to be about someone who is revered above men, but whose courtesan(s) know/reveal him for what he is: just a man, as we all are
    floating_eyeon May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite King Crimson song....Simply beautiful...
    Faaip De Oiadon December 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKing Crimson wrote some of the most beautifully poetic lyrics ever.
    meddlehead40on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust awesome song... very soothing ....
    mescaline20on May 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely my favorite king crimson. It's so beautiful and perfect!

    It seems to me to be about someone who thinks he's better than others, like some sort of king, but nobody else sees him that way. Hence the paper courtesan viewing him "just a man". Obviously there's more to it but thats a start.
    pezdelon June 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe man named Jade was a ruler, a king or so....everyone worshiped him, as they thought he was superior, like a god or something!
    When his veil fell aside, they found out that Jade was only a man, like everybody was, nothing more than a courtesan!
    Thomaspwgyon June 23, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretationwhat i read is both ...
    Reason and passion hold jaded Jesus still, gazing at the spectating crowds who long to serve Him and to spend their lot on a meaning that they expect from Him.
    The rest unfolds ...

    AND …
    Ruled by reason and passion, the Artist ….
    jacarandaon August 14, 2012   Link

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