Fallen Angel
King Crimson Lyrics


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Tears of joy at the birth of a brother
Never alone from that time
Sixteen Years through knife fights and danger
Strangely why his life not mine

West side skyline crying
Fallen angel dying
Risk a life to make a dime

Lifetimes spent on the streets of a city
Make us the people we are
Switchblade stings in one tenth of a moment
Better get back to the car

Fallen angel
Fallen angel

Fallen angel
Fallen angel

West side skyline
Crying for an angel dying
Life expiring in the city

Snow white side streets of cold New York City
Stained with his blood it all went wrong
Sick and tired blue wicked and wild
God only knows for how long





Fallen angel
Fallen angel

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of King Crimson's song "Fallen Angel" are highly evocative and full of poignant imagery. The opening lines, "Tears of joy at the birth of a brother, never alone from that time" convey a sense of brotherhood and camaraderie that persists throughout the song. The following line, "Sixteen Years through knife fights and danger, strangely why his life not mine", introduces a sense of danger and uncertainty, highlighting the fragility of life and the randomness of fate.


The next lines, "West side skyline crying, fallen angel dying, risk a life to make a dime" add to the sense of foreboding and despair. The imagery of the crying skyline and the fallen angel dying speak to the devastation that can be wrought in the pursuit of money and success. The weight of the struggle is palpable in the lines, "Lifetimes spent on the streets of a city make us the people we are, switchblade stings in one tenth of a moment, better get back to the car". The sense of urgency and danger is heightened, suggesting that life on the streets is a constant battle for survival.


The repeated refrain of "Fallen angel, fallen angel" reinforces the tragic nature of the song's narrative, as does the final line, "Sick and tired blue wicked and wild, God only knows for how long". The overwhelming sense of desolation and despair that pervades "Fallen Angel" reflects a world in which happiness and success are always fleeting, and the struggle for survival is constant.


Line by Line Meaning

Tears of joy at the birth of a brother
There were happy tears when a sibling was born


Never alone from that time
They were always together after that moment


Sixteen Years through knife fights and danger
They spent 16 years facing danger and knife fights together


Strangely why his life not mine
It's strange how one brother dies while the other lives


West side skyline crying
The view of the New York skyline on the west side is a depressing sight


Fallen angel dying
Someone who used to be pure and innocent is dying


Risk a life to make a dime
People are willing to risk their lives for money


Lifetimes spent on the streets of a city
Growing up on the streets of the city shape who we are


Make us the people we are
Our upbringing and environment shape our identity


Switchblade stings in one tenth of a moment
A life can be taken in a split second with a switchblade


Better get back to the car
They need to leave the dangerous area and get to safety


Fallen angel
Someone who used to be pure and innocent


West side skyline
View of the New York skyline on the west side


Crying for an angel dying
The view of the skyline is a depressing reminder of the fallen angel


Life expiring in the city
Life can be cut short in the city


Snow white side streets of cold New York City
The icy and snowy streets in the winter are a stark contrast to the city's reputation


Stained with his blood it all went wrong
The streets where he died are now marked with blood and it's a tragedy


Sick and tired blue wicked and wild
The city can be exhausting, sad, dangerous, and chaotic


God only knows for how long
Nobody knows how long they'll be able to survive in this environment


Fallen angel
Someone who used to be pure and innocent


Fallen angel
Someone who used to be pure and innocent




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: JAMES RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER, JOHN KENNETH WETTON, RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER JAMES, ROBERT FRIPP, WILLIAM SCOTT BRUFORD

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Jorge De la Puerta

Tears of joy at the birth of a brother
Never alone from that time
Sixteen Years through knife fights and danger
Strangely why his life not mine

West side skyline crying
Fallen angel dying
Risk a life to make a dime

Lifetimes spent on the streets of a city
Make us the people we are
Switchblade stings in one tenth of a moment
Better get back to the car

Fallen angel
Fallen angel

Fallen angel
Fallen angel

West side skyline
Crying for an angel dying
Life expiring in the city

Snow white side streets of cold New York City
Stained with his blood it all went wrong
Sick and tired blue wicked and wild
God only knows for how long

Fallen angel
Fallen angel



Михаил Сергопольцев

Тронут до слез я рождением брата
Я же все детство был так одинок
Средь поножовщины, риска и страха
Вряд ли другим будет путь твой, браток

Вестсайдский горизонт рыдает —
Ведь падший ангел умирает,
Рискнув всей жизнью из-за пустяка

Жизнь, что мы тратим на улицах Сити,
Нас формирует такими, как есть.
В Городе Быстрых Ножей не форсите,
Лучше вам вид из авто предпочесть

Плохи дела в равнодушном Нью-Йорке
Кровью испачканный снег – как итог
Злость, исступленье, усталость в подкорке
Долго ль продлится все, знает лишь Бог

О, падший ангел, падший ангел
Вестсайдский горизонт рыдает —
Ведь падший ангел умирает,
Его срок жизни истекает
О, павший в Сити ангел…



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Fedor Kochemasov

One of the best songs in King Crimson's discography imo.

LinkinParkRulz 227

Their best song IMO.

Zack Zallie

@LinkinParkRulz 227 Starless and One More Red Nightmare >>>>

Marcelo Katayama

@Zack Zallie Starless definitely. OMRN... Not too sure about that

Masky

@LinkinParkRulz 227 The epitaph in question:

Drude Masterio

One of the best songs in the world

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Mostafa Tamer

One of the greatest songs Crimson ever made, just simply unique. Everything about the musical arrangement is incredible, the thunderous vocals by Wetton, the mid-section bass, Fripp's solos, in addition to the drumming by Bruford, iconic.

Tommy Rawlings

YES!!!! And the more & more I played the album, Red, I realized it was the best album Crimson ever made!

Declan B.

I love how King Crimson can make a story about Hell's Angels sound like a tale of knights & dragons. Simply magical.

plasticweapon

it's not about hell's angels (who drive motorcycles, not cars).

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