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Author Topic: the "Crimson King"? What's that all about?  (Read 1060 times)

Offline Flemingovia

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the "Crimson King"? What's that all about?
« on: February 11, 2008, 06:24:29 PM »
So, the long-expected act has taken place, and Westwind has gone rogue and is now "the Crimson King". One has to wonder what, consciously or subconsciously was in his mind when he chose the title.

It is clearly taken from the 1969 album "the court of the Crimson King" by the Prog Rock band King Crimson. Bit of a bummer, really, as it is one of my favourite albums. But read any set of reviews of the album and it will become clear that opinion is divided. Although some hail it as a landmark album, others are less charitable "Dull" "longwinded" "self-indulgent" "flawed" "Unexciting" and "overrated" are just some of the adjectives I picked up in a cursory sweep of the more critical  reviews.

Quite.  :P

But perhaps Westwind was inspired by the track listing of the album. Here are some of the tracks that might have swayed his choice:

Epitaph

Hardly the most inspirational choice for a new government, especially when you consider the lyrics:

Confusion will be my epitaph.
As I crawl a cracked and broken path
If we make it we can all sit back
And laugh.
But I fear tomorrow I'll be crying,
Yes I fear tomorrow I'll be crying.

Perhaps, subconsciously, Westwind is not as confident as he likes to appear.

Dance of the puppets

It would be churlish of me to mention here the longstanding NS rumour that the Gatesville Militia's numbers are swelled by the liberal use of proxy multis, but "the dance of the puppets does have an ominous ring, does it not?

Again, I let the lyrics speak for themselves, and leave you to wonder: Westwind, Gates, or the gullible fools who follow them: Who is the puppeteer and who is the puppet in the song?

The yellow jester does not play
But gentle pulls the strings
And smiles as the puppets dance
In the court of the crimson king.

I talk to the wind

Westwind clearly has his own ideas for the region, and that is his right, of course. But talking to the wind is, and always has been, a futile waste of time: the Wind does not listen.

Read the lyrics again:

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.


So, did Westwind choose this title for himself knowingly, and is having a subtle laugh at the expense of all of us? Or is it more of an unintentional choice, as he was subconsciously drawn to an album that would reveal so much? I do not know, but I DO know that other lyrics from the album will sum up the attitude to many to this "Crimson King"

I'm on the outside looking inside
What do I see
Much confusion, disillusion
All around me.

You don't possess me
Don't impress me

Seriously, Listen to the album sometime and see what you think. IT is a lot better than the government of the same name.