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This song is by King Crimson and appears on the album Starless and Bible Black (1974) and on the live album USA (1975).

This song has been covered by Crimson Jazz Trio under the title "Lament".
I guess I tried to show you how
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
All the kids who played the blues
Would learn my licks with a bottle neck slide

But now it seems the bubble's burst
Although you know there was a time
Love songs gathered in my head
Poetry in every line
And strong men strove to hold the doors
While with my friends I passed that reach
People stomped on dirty floors
Before I trod the Rock and Roll stage

I'll thank the man who's on the phone
And if he's got some time to spend
The problem I'll explain once more
And indicate a sum to lend
That ten percent is now a joke
Maybe thirty, even thirty-five
I'll say my daddy's had a stroke
He'd have one now if he only was alive

I like the way you look at me
You're laughing too down there inside
I took my chance and you took yours
You crewed my ship, we missed the tide
I like the way the music goes
There's a few good guys who can play it right
I like the way it moves my toes
Say when you want to go and dance all night


Music by:

Lyrics by:

Richard Palmer-James.

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