King Crimson: Lament Meaning
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I'd take the crowd with my guitar
And business men would clap their hands
And clip another fat cigar
And publishers would spread the news
And print my music far and wide
And all the kids who played the...
This song is about the downside of success in the music business.
The singer is supposed to be a rock musician who was once on top of the heap. He reminisces about how, not long ago, he was making great music for worshipful fans, who came out by the thousands to see him in concert.
But now, things aren't going so well. Now, there's no magic in rock and roll- it's just a business. Instead of writing hit love ballads, he spends half his time arguing about money with his agent, who's ripping him off (an agent is supposed to get 10% of his client's earnings, but this agent seems to be getting 30 or 35%).
But in spite of that, the singer still loves performing, and still gets a thrill from the way the crowd looks at him.
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