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The Great Deceiver
by King Crimson

Health-food fagot with a bartered bride
Likes to comb his hair with a dipper ride
Once had a friend with a cloven foot
Once he called the tune in a checkered quit

Great Deceiver

In the door on the floor in a paper bag
There's a shoe-shine boy with a gin-shop slag
She raised him up and she called him son
And she canonized the ground that he walked upon

Great Deceiver

Cigarettes, ice cream, figurines of the Virgin Mary
Cigarettes, ice cream, figurines of the Virgin Mary

Cigarettes, ice cream, Cadillacs blue jeans

In the night he's a star in the Milky Way
He's a man of the world by the light of day
A golden smile and a proposition
And the breath of God smells of sweet sedition

Great Deceiver

Sing hymns make love get high fall dead
He'll bring his perfume to your bed
He'll charm your life 'til the cold winds blow
Then he'll sell your dreams to a picture show

Cigarettes, ice cream, figurines of the Virgin Mary
Cigarettes, ice cream, figurines of the Virgin Mary

Cadillacs, blue jeans, dixieland playing on the ferry
Cadillacs, blues jeans, drop a glass full of antique sherry

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DAVID FRANCIS CROSS, JAMES RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER, JOHN KENNETH WETTON, RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER JAMES, ROBERT FRIPP, WILLIAM SCOTT BRUFORD

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Comments from YouTube:

Maxim Fesán

Wetton: I'm gonna say the F word
Everyone: MR. FRIPP, GET DOWN!

headly21

Oh no, Fripp's ending guitar "outtro" is one of the best parts of this song. I always hated radio-edit singles.

Sean Vine

One of my all time favorite KC tracks. Rip John Wetton. You are missed.

Loïc Jaillet

What if you

Wanted to go to heaven

But God said

2:42

Preflex!

What's the problem?

I guess it would be deceptive to label an offal meatball as "health food".

Soul Purpose

I'm so glad i got into King Crimson

Fabulous John Cleese

My parrot came back to life after listening to this. Thanks King Crimson

Peter Badore

No, no, he's pining for the fields.

Kevin Gamble

It was just restin'.

Dan C

Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!

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