I Talk to the Wind
King Crimson Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

In King Crimson's "I Talk to the Wind," the vocalist finds himself on the outside looking in, observing the state of confusion and disillusion around him. A "straight man" asks a "late man" where he has been, and the answer is that he has been everywhere and nowhere at the same time. He speaks to the wind, but his words are carried away, unheard and unheeded. The wind does not hear or respond, leaving the singer feeling disconnected and unheard.


The repeated use of the phrase "I talk to the wind" is metaphorical, expressing feelings of isolation and frustration. The singer feels like his words are all carried away without being heard or understood. The wind is an embodiment of the intransigence of the forces that imbue his world, serving the function of an unfeeling and uncaring symbol of the world beyond his control. He is simply an observer, with no power over his surroundings.


Overall, "I Talk to the Wind" is a reflection on the depersonalization of modern society, where individuals are often left feeling voiceless and powerless to act. The song captures the sense of frustration and lack of control many feel in a world saturated with unresponsive, chaotic forces.


Line by Line Meaning

Said the straight man to the late man
The straight man is questioning the late man about his whereabouts.


Where have you been?
The straight man is asking the late man where he has been.


I've been here and I've been there and I've been in between
The late man responds to the straight man's question by saying he has been in various places.


I talk to the wind
The artist is saying that he talks to the wind.


My words are all carried away
The artist's words are not heard by anyone or have no effect.


The wind does not hear
The singer acknowledges that the wind is deaf to his words.


The wind cannot hear
The singer reiterates that the wind is not capable of hearing.


I'm on the outside looking inside
The artist is observing a situation from a detached viewpoint.


What do I see?
The artist is questioning what he is witnessing.


Much confusion, disillusion all around me
The artist is encountering a lot of chaos and disappointment in his surroundings.


You don't possess me
The singer is declaring his independence and the fact that he cannot be controlled by others.


Don't impress me
The artist is not easily swayed by others' opinions or actions.


Just upset my mind
The singer is bothered or agitated by something, but not influenced by it.


Can't instruct me or conduct me
The singer cannot be taught or led by others.


Just use up my time
The singer feels that his time is being wasted by others.




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

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@corazondehojaldre9922

[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]



@youexpectedanamebutitwasmedio

Since no one ever commented here with a similar interpretation of the song how I do, I now leave my comment.
I'm a 22 y/o woman with ADHD and this is a great way of showing how people like us live and breathe. I'm an inattentive type and I always space out into a whole new dimension of reality.
I've noticed that I use a unique coping mechanism for myself. Since I also have trouble expressing my thoughts and emotions, venting to another person never helped me. They either misunderstood me, or don't understand me at all.
I personally cope with things by venting to my thoughts. I let loose when I daydream and I feel comforted by it. (Mostly when I ride the bus or train, I love to escape into my very own dimension of reality)
"I talk to the wind, my words are all carried away" is what expresses this the best I think.

And when people would ask me how I always manage to keep a good mood, I think to myself "If they only knew" :')
It's almost like the like

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"

This "between" is my dimension of reality, my escape.




Is there a person who by mere coincidence has a psychologist kinda title? I'm suspecting myself to be autistic since I catch myself having autistic tendencies. Does, what I said above, give you a clue? It would really help me if someone could answer this question.



@youexpectedanamebutitwasmedio

@@loucat2779 That's actually so sweet?? You've made my day better than it already was :') I did not expect such a heartwarming response to this comment.

I really hope that I can find that someone, just like you did. I'm very happy that a person who has a similar way of thinking, has found their other half. I'm sincerely happy for you :)

I'm still figuring out how my real identity is like without "adjusting myself according to the person or situation" so I kind of don't have a single clue what kind of person my someone would be like, or if I even need a someone.

Anyway, thanks again for that wholesome answer and I wish you a nice (whatever daytime it is at your place).

Love from Germany 🫶🏼



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@pchristianzenner904

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

@progrockplaylists

i was born in 2003 and can't even imagine what great fun you had back then. can't imagine being born in the 40s like your mother either

@pchristianzenner904

@@progrockplaylists late '20s. Glad to hear you're into this stuff. Good music is timeless. To quote a lyric..."teach your children". And we all take the memories with us. ✌

@goofygoobah9395

Off topic but I miss the old days of when electronics and other stuff was in its early stages ;-;

@daniel0-01

@@pchristianzenner904 I'm glad to know there is another generation of king crimson fans

@andreasballe7470

@@pchristianzenner904 You're born in the late 20s??? You're almost a hundred years old?

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@gabe913

My mom died yesterday. I had to spend the next twelve hours at work. When I got in my car, this was the first thing I listened to. It made me feel a little bit better. Thank you, King Crimson.

@rudybernal5555

I wish you the best, man. I hope your mother is at peace

@danmylecraine3796

I'm so sorry! She loves you!

@bonniecollum3037

I'm sorry about your mom. Till you see her again , may God be with you. 🙏🏻

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