King Crimson lyrics - Album: Islands [1971]

Formentera Lady

Houses iced in whitewash guard a pale shore-line

Cornered by the cactus and the pine.

Here I wander where sweet sage and strange herbs grow

Down a sun-baked crumpled stony road.

Dusty wheels leaning rusting in the sun;

Snuff brown walls where Spanish lizards run.

Here I'm shadowed by a dragon fig tree's fan

Ringed by ants and musing over man.

I'll unwind my old strings while the sun shine down

Won't climb any high thing while the sun shine.

Formentera Lady sing your song for me

Formentera Lady sweet lover.

Lamplights glows on old guitars the travellers strum;

Insence children dance to an Indian drum.

Here Odysseus charmed for dark Circe fell,

Still her perfume lingers still her spell.

Time's grey hand won't catch me while the sun shine down

Untie and unlatch me while the stars shine.

Formentera Lady dance your dance for me

Formentera Lady dark lover.

Sailor's Tale


The Letters

With quill and silver knife

She carved a poison pen

Wrote to her lover's wife:

"Your husband's seed has fed my flesh".

As if a leper's face

That tainted letter graced

The wife with choke-stone throat

Ran to the day with tear-blind eyes.

Impaled on nails of ice

And raked with emerald fire

The wife with soul of snow

With steady hands begins to write:

"I'm still, I need no life

To serve on boys and men

What's mine was yours is dead

I take my leave of mortal flesh"

Ladies Of The Road

A flower lady's daughter

As sweet as holy water

Said: "I'm the school reporter

Please teach me", well I taught her.

Two fingered levi'd sister

Said, "Peace", I stopped I kissed her.

Said, "I'm a male resister",

I smiled and just unzipped her.

High diving chinese trender

Black hair and black suspender

Said, "Please me no surrender

Just love to feel your Fender".

All of you know that the girls of the road

Are like apples you stole in your youth.

All of you know that the girls of the road

Been around but are versed in the truth.

Stone-headed Frisco spacer

Ate all the meat I gave her

Said would I like to taste hers

And even craved the flavour

"Like marron-glaced fish bones

Oh lady hit the road!"

All of you know that the girls of the road

Are like apples you stole in your youth.

All of you know that the girls of the road

Been around but are versed in the truth.

Prelude: Song Of The Gulls



Earth, stream and tree encircled by sea

Waves sweep the sand from my island.

My sunsets fade.

Field and glade wait only for rain

Grain after grain love erodes my

High weathered walls which fend off the tide

Cradle the wind

to my island.

Gaunt granite climbs where gulls wheel and glide

Mournfully glide o'er my island.

My dawn bride's veil, damp and pale,

Dissolves in the sun.

Love's web is spun - cats prowl, mice run

Wreathe snatch-hand briars where owls know my eyes

Violet skies

Touch my island,

Touch me.

Beneath the wind turned wave

Infinite peace

Islands join hands

'Neathe heaven's sea.

Dark harbour quays like fingers of stone

Hungrily reach from my island.

Clutch sailor's words - pearls and gourds

Are strewn on my shore.

Equal in love, bound in circles.

Earth, stream and tree return to the sea

Waves sweep sand from my island,

from me.

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