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I Talk to the Wind
King Crimson Lyrics


Said the straight man to the late man
Where have you been?
I've been here and I've been there
And I've been in between

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

I'm on the outside looking inside
What do I see?
Much confusion, disillusion
All around me

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

You don't possess me
Don't impress me
Just upset my mind
Can't instruct me or conduct me
Just use up my time

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear
The wind cannot hear

Said the straight man to the late man
Where have you been?
I've been here and I've been there and
I've been in between

Lyrics © DistroKid, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Greg Lake, Ian Mcdonald, Michael Rex Giles, Peter John Sinfield, Robert Fripp

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[Verse 1]
Said the straight man to the late man
"Where have you been?"
I've been here and I've been there
And I've been in between

[Chorus]
I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear, the wind cannot hear

[Verse 2]
I'm on the outside looking inside
What do I see?
Much confusion, disillusion
All around me

[Chorus]
I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear, the wind cannot hear

[Verse 3]
You don't possess me, don't impress me
Just upset my mind
Can't instruct me or conduct me
Just use up my time

[Chorus]
I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear, the wind cannot hear

[Instrumental Interlude]

[Chorus]
I talk to the wind
My words are all carried away
I talk to the wind
The wind does not hear, the wind cannot hear

[Verse 1]
Said the straight man to the late man
"Where have you been?"
I've been here and I've been there
And I've been in between

[Instrumental Outro]



All comments from YouTube:

P Christian Zenner

Back in 1978, I caught my Mom listening to this on my headphones. She said she loved this. Miss her so much.

Daniela Battistutta

I Krimson erano fantastici EPITAH poi !!!❤❤❤

Ivartshiva

@Haze very much so I am in the same mind as you sir

Dude Man

@David Mora-san exactly. The biggest thing is access to music. King crimson was definitely starting to fade from prominence over the last decade but fripp putting it on YouTube finally has caused such a huge resurgence, I mean I had no clue so many people would understand the genius of a song like the one we're commenting on - I always thought I was alone in loving this song so much, it had such a huge influence on me (all king crimson albums did, not just this song, but I talk to the wind is definitely one of my favorites tbh) and I'm happy to see so many people coming here to enjoy it.

Edit: when I was growing up and first got access to the internet, I was born in 92 and got internet finally around 2004 or 2005, and at that point I had a difficult time finding most artists online. I tried to find new music but at best I would catch a band name and then couldn't find out anything about them - I remember first finding artists like James chance and the contortions or even a band like The Birthday Party (Nick Cave's gothic/post-punk band before he went solo) referenced online but not having the ability to listen to them or find their music so I was just sh!t out of luck. It wasn't until people started uploading songs on YouTube for everyone to hear that I actually managed to branch out and experiment with what kind of music I could have on my palate. I remember being blown away that someone had uploaded the music video on YouTube of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden, a music video that I hadn't seen since I was like 5 or 6 years old, I had no clue the band was even big in any way. It was all such a huge mystery, I had no clue Soundgarden was a commercial band because I didn't have access to so much information and a couple years went by and I discovered progressive rock by a mere chance and that's when it all really took off. I know I kind of wanted there but I really can't stress how much our access to these things matters. Before the internet unlocked these easier ways of learning about different movements or genres, you had to go by word of mouth and just would have to luck out that someone nearby would have some information for you. If you heard a song on the radio you liked, you didn't have a way of figuring out who the artist was if the radio host didn't say who the band was both before and after the song (in many cases they introduce the song and then don't mention it after it's over so unless you tuned in beforehand you're out of luck)

Dude Man

@Daniel Hunter  oh yeah, there will always be new king crimson fans especially now that Robert has opened up to platforms and has loosened his crackdown on sites like YouTube. Restricting his music to just physical sales and paid downloads was a big hinderance to the spreading of his music, I was the rate exception because I always preferred to have the physical copy when I was in high school if I liked an album, but most people my age aren't the same way. I think Robert allowing his music to be uploaded onto his YouTube channel was a HUGE step for him. You can see how much of a difference it made because look at hom many views the Crimson songs get now, this song has only been on here for a year and it's got over a million views - that's an insane amount of listens for a song this old in such a short amount of time. Everyone was waiting for it to happen and everyone is happy he finally did it, it makes his music so much more accessible to younger people, both those who aren't dedicated enough to music buy an album (which I am not a fan of, but those people do exist) and those who can't afford to buy albums who are younger. Putting his stuff on YouTube has singlehandedly made his music accessible to everyone as long as they have internet and I'm just happy he finally did it.

CJ

You will see her again.....GOD bless you...

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Mario Saliba

"In the Court of the Crimson King" - definitely one of the best albums of all time

zezmerelda

@pylgrym the cover rocks- it convinced me, too!

pylgrym

I bought it as a Sophomore at Northwestern University from the local record store on the strength of the cover alone.

Francois Fontaine

The flute solo on this song is like a candle in the darkness of this age we're living in.

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