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21st Century Schizoid Man

21st Century Schizoid Man


Greg Lake: Heed Schizoid Man Warning

King Crimson co-founder Greg Lake says the band’s signature track 21st Century Schizoid Man carries a warning that’s as valid today as it was when they wrote it in 1969.

Lake, who started King Crimson alongside Robert Fripp, tells Audioholics: “I think there’s a relevance. You only have to listen to see it’s relevant today. It feels like it was written today.

“It’s a warning that 21st-century man could become a very unpleasant thing if we’re not careful.

We have to think about where we’re going.

You listen to the words and it’s not the way you want the world to go.

21st Century Schizoid Man Lyrics

Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door.
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Blood rack barbed wire
Polititians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man.

Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man.