"Pictures of a City" as written by Peter John Sinfield and Robert Fripp....
Concrete cold face cased in steel
Stark sharp glass-eyed crack and peel
Bright light scream beam brake and squeal
Red white green white neon wheel

Dream flesh love chase perfumed skin
Greased hand teeth hide tinseled sin
Spice ice dance chance sickly grin
Pasteboard time slot sweat and spin

Blind stick blind drunk cannot see
Mouth dry tongue tied cannot speak
Concrete dream flesh broken shell
Lost soul lost trace lost in hell


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"Pictures of a City" as written by Robert Fripp Peter John Sinfield

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    General Commentwhat i find amazing is, once you get past the ITCOTCK album, the comments on king crimson songs fall to practically nil. once you get past the obvious misspelling of city, the lyrics of the song seem to suggest a drunken dancehall patrons after hours car chase of his dream girl dance partner from earlier in the evening resulting in her death behind the wheel. more to the point, musically, i think this song points to the work fripp,wetton,bruford, and co. would do with larks tongues, starless, and red. to me these three are essential crimson recordings. oh, back to the song at hand; good song. its off the in the wake of poseidon album. also worth a listen.
    bruon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, although perhaps a little too similar to Schizoid Man from the first album. In fact the wholoe first side of In The Wake Of Posiedon sounds like an extension of the first album... Second side is much better in my opinion.
    Zombie_Cecilon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSinfield was an incredible poet. The intricacy of those lyrics, and the powerful images he suggests...it's like a dream world. Brilliant.
    outsidelookinginon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with what Cecil said about similarity, though it's a lot different in that the tempo is sped way up.
    MikeLBon September 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's about time somebody commented on this song.
    CrimsnEdgeon June 23, 2013   Link

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