"Epitaph" is the third track on British progressive rock band King Crimson's 1969 album In the Court of the Crimson King. It was written by Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, and Michael Giles with lyrics written by Peter Sinfield.
|Single by King Crimson|
|from the album In the Court of the Crimson King|
|B-side||"21st Century Schizoid Man"|
|Released||12 October 1969|
|Recorded||30 July 1969|
|King Crimson singles chronology|
|In the Court of the Crimson King track listing|
Emerson, Lake & Palmer would later incorporate an excerpt from this song after the "Battlefield" portion of the live version of their song "Tarkus", from the Tarkus album, as documented in the live album Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen.
The song reflects the fears of the time, in particular a nuclear apocalypse, and the confusion and despair of the narrator as a result.
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